I agree that it depends on the mindset of the person. I see government service as a calling because I have done it at the federal, local, and state levels with the idea that I was working for the people of the United States, the people of Lincoln, or the people of Nebraska. If I do it for the money, my boss, or the office or agency, it is a job. That mindset also affects how I do the work and what compromises I am willing to make. People leave government work for better jobs, or because it does not measure up to their ideal of service. People who stick around in hopes of making it better have a calling.