Sumo has suggested that the town one lives in if shit, may well be an incentive for a bod to join up. It very well may be, but what about other reasons, anyone care to spill? I joined up with a push from a magistrate. I was in the process for one reason, and got a shove for another. My parents were going home to Australia for three years and I would have had to go with them. Fuck that, as in exactly 20 months I would have been conscripted, and sent to Vietnam, which is what happened to my brother, with fatal consequences. I however was trying to join the Marines here and was being held up by a small problem to do with my blood pressure. Caught throwing bricks (hand grenade practice) at a condemned building and hauled up in front of a magistrate for vandalism. Given ultimatum, join up in two months or two years probation. In 1965 probation would have been the kiss of death to any career anywhere, so back up town and beg. The recruiter got me in the Andrew in three weeks, so a life on the ocean wave it was.