Here is the way it works in America. If you have been to prison and are eventually released from prison, you have three options. Make minimum wage the rest of your life( cuz no high paying industry wants ex convicts), be entertainer( singer, rapper, actor), or professional athlete. 99% of the ex convict population can only become minimum wage worker.
But if i go to the military , i get benefits for being veteran, free tuition to some colleges to get a degree, and Most employers will look at military service as a plus.
The choice is very simple.......the few......the proud..........the marines