How much money do you have?
And how much freedom do I really get to keep while on active duty? Not much, in both cases.
I'm a normal, everyday, senior Linux Admin with devops, virtualization, and all the bells and whistles, and as an independent contractor my fees start at US$100/hr, and I am undercutting my peers by $20/hr or so. Top security persons can fetch $150-$200/hr no problem. The guys who cleaned up Target made about $1000/hr. In the military I made about a $1/hr. Guess what I won't be doing anytime soon? Go fetch some proper funds and try again. Wanting to "storm the beadheadend and fling some e-grenades at the enemy servers" for Uncle Orange doesn't float my fucking boat.