As a retired USAF officer, I can attest to the earlier scorn and denigration of us who had been in the military and re-entered civilian life trying to move on with our carerrs during the Vietnam and just post-Vietnam period.
Despite a college degree and 4 years at that point of active duty managerial training and duties (with outstanding ratings, by the way), I was frequently faced with attitudes of "Well, besides getting a degree, what else have you done?" while the job interviewer was looking at my resume with the experience as an officer right there on paper.... I would explain I had managed x number of staff, doing all sorts of analyses and decision making for my own office and advising/making recommendations for actions by the exeuctive-level officers, and all sorts of other "managerment" duties.
Then the guy would repeat, "Yes, but what else besides getting a college degree have you done? You didn't "manage" - you were an officer and you gave orders and if you weren't obeyed, you court-martialled your subordinates..." I refuted that that was perhaps the "old days/brown shoe days" but it doesn't work that way now. One has to elicit performance, train staff, lead, and too many courts martial will reflect on the officer at some point, resulting in relief from duty. Management of military staff is not that much different (although not exactly the same as business of course) from general management, projects, goals and reviews, constant improvement hopefully, etc.
After 8 months of that sort of thing I became disgusted and wound up applying for and beginning work in a great federal civil service career that lasted 34 years -- using those management skills I'd learned and using my own logic, perspectives, leadership, planning and personnel skills pretty well to advance to a moderately high position both in regional and national offices. And I stayed in the Reserves during those years, and I'm glad I did.
So today? I'm sure up until recently the men and women volunteering and serving in our military have been supported much more than in the 60's and 70's -- especially after 9/11 and so on. But there is also now much more sentiment for many reasons to get out of two wars and bring our troops home; that could lead to some unexpected side effects on how people in uniform are seen/regarded if public feelings shift about the US military actions and those participating in them.
The South has always been friendly to the military -- it's a tradition and often one of the few roads open to many southern guys (especially) to have a career if good civilian jobs are scarce. I know there's a huge amount of southern accents in the military! lol