I thought the article you linked to was very interesting. My sister is married to an active duty army man, so I asked her what she thought of the article. Her first comment was to be irritated about his comments about interrupting a "normal" progression of life. She says "Normal is a setting on a washing machine. Not everyone goes to college either." Then her comments about the Peace Corps service: "Also, Peace Corps goes BEYOND service to country! They go into service to the GLOBAL community, which is a bit of a higher calling than to some arbitrary lines on a map." So glad I have a super supportive family!!
For my personal views: I tend to agree with the article that there should be some recognition of national service, but most definitely not on the same scale as recognition for military veterans. I quite simply don't have the guts to go into a combat situation, and those who do deserve to be honored and recognized with our utmost respect.