My son joined the Air Force because they gave him the best deal.
Now that my youngest son is considering the same move he asked the recruiter about sign-on bonuses.
The Sargent told us that the because of the current economy there is no need for monetary incentives to get people to join. And he would have pass an exam. It is the only job out there right now that doesn't lay people off.
Schools have seen this trend and are adjusting the curriculum accordingly.