This photo is a snippet from my Pop's application to join the Navy after Pearl Harbor. He didn't have to join; he was already 35, married with two kids, and a good career.
In case you can't read it, question 8 asks:
State in full your reason for making application at this particular time (include reason for choice of the Navy in preference to other services).
And my Pop's answer:
Consider present status not essential to war effort - have no particular preference - want to enlist where I will be able to do most good.
Thank you, Pop; and thank you to all those who have served and are serving, for wanting to put yourselves in harm's way, to do the most good.