I did. As a military bandsman I was the rank of Staff Sergeant, in the short line for a Sergeant First Class slot when I left, working at the 10 year mark - you got a raise for time served every 2 years. With housing and food allowances that meant that I made a decent living - for a long time I was making more money than my wife (considerably more for a while) who has a Masters degree and is a career school teacher. Since I was in what is considered a "premier" unit, I also had fair stability - I was stationed on Fort Myer, and as long as I was in the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, I was going to stay stationed there as long as the Old Guard wasn't moved elsewhere. (not likely) I paid the bills, bought a house, had kids...just a regular life with the difference that I played a bugle and marched for a living rather than doing something else more "normal" - whatever that means. Playa - don't count out the military. You might have flat feet and asthma, but so many of those things are waiverable for musicians in the military band program. Seriously - one of my friend's was mostly deaf in one ear, and another one had asthma that was controllable with meds. All of those things were waived as non-issues due to the job identifier of being a bandsman.