As I stated I was in the military, more specifically since you asked; I was on a Sub in the Navy. I have worked a port and starboard shift, so yes long hours everyday including weekends and holidays, background for security clearance yes (secret security clearance level), pt tests yes, drug tests, yada yada... and just as you said about LE, you/we volunteered for military service knowing you can not quit and knowing the danger (if you were in the military). The difference, I have been in both Military and a First responder fields so I am not biased to one or the other, and I deeply respect both for there duty and sacrifice. I am saying that they both are equally dangerous. The danger and stress of both jobs are real and are very high.
Not in the top 10 dangerous jobs? Where do you get your facts? CNBC considers Police, Correction officers, Fire, and Emergency Medical techs in the top ten (by the way that would make 4 out of the 10 of the most dangerous jobs being First responders, IJS).
Here is the link http://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/12/the-most-dangerous-jobs-in-america.html?slide=1 (Notice the date 2016, so it is current).
I am not bitching about my "low paying shitty job" as you stated. I love my job and helping people, even rude un-informed people like yourself. Could I get a better paying job,sure. I had a better paying job, but no bonus or dollar sign compares to when I save a life or help someone to safety when everyone else is to scared to. No one becomes a Firefighter to get rich, that is not going to happen. I am glad you make lots of money and I hope you like your job and it makes you happy, because I love what I do.
I did not say that Military members were over paid, maybe the Officers that sit on there ass are (the benefits that O-5 and higher get are ridiculous). The enlisted are under paid. With that, pay is only relevant to the area someone works. A cop in NY or LA will make more than one in Indiana just for the simple fact of the cost of living. Where I live a sheriff deputy will start out at 38K a year, I dont think that is "vastly overpaid".
My point was to express that the jobs of first responders are equally dangerous and stressed filled as the Military can be. You then question what and where and how I served. As a veteran, does it matter if I was a secretary, a cook, or a sniper to get a military discount anywhere, no it doesn't. So don't take the most extremely dangerous position in the military and then use it to compare all other jobs, because there are guys that fly remote controlled planes and others that do computer repair in the military that never see any action or injury other than maybe the risk of carpal tunnel or a paper cut and still get a "Military Discount".
It seems that your office job has turned you into an angry liberal, but that is just my opinion, and I wish you well.