I served in the Army during Vietnam, stateside for four years. My dad served 22 years before retiring and served in Vietnam. My wife retired two years ago after 34 years of government service. I never thought about government service other than the military until an opportunity presented itself to work for the State Department about 7 years ago. It has been one of the best jobs I've ever had! Great bosses and people to work with, projects to work on have been varied and rewarding, truly what better way to earn a living than working for the people of the United States!