^ Your first paragraph is waaaaaaaay off Timo. A non-com is simply Corporal through Command Sergeant Major and the Navy has their own parallel. Their specific length of time and "joining to get the money" have aboslutely nothing to do with it. A non-com is simply a level of responsbility and an introduction in leadership that grows with each promotion. Commissioned officers higher level academic training is simply going to college. Granted officers have their introductory training in whatever field they are in but that goes for enlisted as well. Many enlisted personnel get their degrees through the military as well. The military in general doesn't give you much in terms of real world usefullness, i.e. Field Artillery school. That goes for both officers and enlisted though.