I sent applications for a whole slew of civilian jobs with the Army in Iraq and Afghanistan. I didn't make the best qualified list for Financial Manager and called the personnel specialist in Rock Island to ask why. She said there were a 146 other applicants from within the Army for the job. So the competition was tough.
These can't be desperate unemployed people looking for jobs. They already have good jobs and volunteering for temporary duty in Iraq and Afghanistan out of a need to serve.
My contribution to the war effort at the moment may be setting the bottom-of-the-barrel so low that Uncle Sam doesn't have to reach far down.