I've also found that the private sector owns you much like the military. My last job wound up requiring 3 - 4 all nighters a month and working every other weekend. I was also expected to show up for my normal work day. They can always replace you when the economy is bad, and probably get someone cheaper. But that's the good thing about civilian life, you can look for a new job and make changes too. You don't need to stay stuck in a job you hate. I'm on my 3rd job in 5 years (not necessarily a good thing for the resume) but I've found a good place.
Now I'm working for a school district about 8 miles from my house. I ride my bike to work and am able to work pretty much 40 hours a week. There's still some Dilbert-ish things that happen, but I've got my attitude dialed in. I'm content. I could make more money working elsewhere, but doubt it would improve my life.