So Nikki Donner is talking to the Recruiter, and we find out why she isn’t using her cooking skills for other means. It turns out that people aren’t in a hurry to find out what “Donner Party Catering” has to offer– who’d’ve thought!?
But she starts out with the typical experience of someone going in and negotiating with a Recruiter– you generally don’t walk in and sign up right away. You’ll have a first meeting with a Recruiter, maybe look at a few videos, some brochures or something, and the Recruiter will give you a laundry list of things you need to bring so he or she can complete your induction into the military. You’ll need driver’s licenses or other state ID cards, a Social Security card, transcripts of your school records, a birth certificate… all sorts of things. Then they’ll schedule you for a medical exam, and an aptitude test to see if you qualify for the job you want.
Really, the way it is set up you are given every opportunity to back out. There are frequent procedural “speed bumps”, so to speak, that involve you coming back to the Recruiter two or three times at least. And if you’re looking for a job that involves any sort of clearance for secret information (Intelligence Analyst, etc), then you’ll be showing up to answer background questions, do an interview, take tests, and so on.
I suppose if you show up right from the start with all your paperwork, a lot of things will be accomplished quickly, but even then a lot of things will have to be scheduled. So “running away and joining the military” to escape one bad day, or a “commitment of passion”, is nearly impossible.