In my case, staying with the Navy
after the first enlistment was the best thing for me to do. Gave me a bit of security
and helped with maturity. I worked on my education while I was in using GI Bill in local colleges and universities. I ended up putting in nearly 30 years. Would have stayed longer but they wanted to send me to Washington DC
. I didn't want to go there so retired. I didn't have to get another job after that, just built my own things and scrimped and saved. Built a house, a couple boats and am still sailing.
It really depends on you and how the military is treating you and whether or not you are compatable with it. The retirement pay and benfits are very good and it provides you a great deal of freedom at an early age.