There is a big between a military routine and the moan-and-groan eternal civilian employee that is just in it for the money. I had all I could take of the one year civil service job I had when I got out of college. I was 4F and thought I might be able to help by being a civilian engineer for the government. What a crock. Sad to say, but the next private sector job was not much better. Even in private industry, there are "jobs" that are made available just to secure money from contracts and keep the cash cow flowing. Now, I read that, increasingly, returning vets are going the medical stress syndrome route to get benefits, unlike the WWII vets returning from the foxholes and Bataan death march who just sucked it up and went on.