When you went on your little tirade back around 1984 regarding Jerry Pournelle & David Drake's writings and comparing them to Pornography, (I believe you used the term war-porn) we as a country were but 9 years past the Vietnam Debacle. Your intense dislike...one might use the word Hatred of these two authors in particular and anything having to do with the Military in general was something I never understood. Flash-forward to 2013...With over 2.5 Million Americans having been deployed to Afghanistan and/or Iraq (over 400,000 deployed three or more times and 37,000 of those deploying 5 times or more), are you still of the belief that Science Fiction stories written by veterans depicting combat are nothing more than "war porn?" For someone who has never served in the military, why do you believe you are an expert on what constitutes "war Porn" vs Military Science Fiction?
Nope...It allowed you to post.
not...somuch. The Marines in particular, and others (Army comes to mind) recently have used various games and other "Newsworthy" events as stealth recruiting. Makes a lot of sense, especially given how much access the feds have already taken for granted in us...the civilians, they already have. Look beyond the knee-jerk reactions.
The US military will provide a baseline. Successful "affiliations" (Read: Gangs) Will adapt and overcome. Anywhere from 1 to several to many will develop a "base instinct" and a portion of those will wind up serving our country, in one of the several branches, whether or not they are colored as "Military" because its the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, or other Nun-such.
This isn't stating that the Military and the supporting organizations are "good" or "Bad", it's recognizing that this is a viable recruiting method, and it will have results that are looked upon as positive. Folks with talent get recruited.
If you are going to be successful for the long-term, you look for talent, and adapt that talent any way you can. Ironic isn't it, that Google walks away from one thing. http://mashable.com/2013/06/20/google-stopped-asking-brainteasers/
Makes you wonder what they moved on to?
Simplistically...Why Test? OR...should we look at QA as a revenue generator....as in QA tests...discovers "issues" (yeah...issues...those things that go bump in the night), documents said-same, which are then bundled, packaged and sold to various "groups"? If you look at how to shrink the DoD budget...Hmmm...Private industry could profit, Gubmint expenditures to shrink...why shouldn't we look at QA in a new light? A REVENUE Generating light?"
More to the point...what is the criticality in your life that Montana has been over-run. As In: Montana has been over-run by a Zombie Apocalypse. This affects your life exactly...HOW?
Well, Typically a Hurricane leaves a larger footprint than a Tornado, in that a larger area is affected, and also the duration of a Hurricane is much longer than that of a Tornado. Yes, an F5 tornado is much more powerful and destructive than a Cat 5 Hurricane, but given how much longer a hurricane will be over a given area, it's likely that damage will be roughly equal.
Bad news either way you slice it.