Good points, Scully, I find little to argue with. Just a note that not all situations are similar, and not all answers are so cut and dried (for instance, breaking reality to the little old lady who lived her life as a witness, and has only a few years left).
Personally, I think everyone needs some kind of structure/organization/framework from which to function. At the very least, most of us rely on the structure we call "time" - it is essential in relating to other people, to accomplish things. Can you imagine what your life would be like if, all of a sudden, you decided "To hell with this freakin time thing. I hate Mondays so I'm going to remove them from my life. From now on, the week will consist of 6 days of 28 hours each, and Mondays will no longer exist."
Actually, this is not such a bad idea. I might try this if I ever have the resources to get away with it.
All I'm saying is that for the person who requires *that much* structure/regimentation in their lives that the military is a viable alternative to the JW lifestyle, there's probably something going on psychologically (OCD, or addictive personality, for example). I'd venture to guess that in those individuals, they are merely trading one addictive lifestyle for another, and the trade may not be upward.
True. These individuals probably do suffer from some chemical imbalance or some other psychological issue. Unfortunately, some might never seek the psychological help that they need due to the stigma the org has attached to it over the years. So they return to the org for some semblance of 'stability'. It's self-defeating for the person, and manipulative of the org (of course). The ideal solution would be to free the person of the organization and get them serious help, but in my experience that's not always very realistic.