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I just don't know if Billy thinks being in the Navy is necessarily a negative thing. Most men who enlist in the military serve their 3-4 years and then get on with their lives in some other fashion.
Career military men, outside of the upper crust officers, really seem to have nowhere else to go. The military gave them a start, so they stick with it.
My own father was career Army. He learned skills that were useful in the army, but not practical outside. Not only that, but he really wasn't inspired to improve on his lot in life - he was content to be mired in a form of mediocrity.
Perhaps this is what BJ is alluding to...that Davey, by remaining in the navy, is settling for what they give and is not looking for anything better. That would fit the mold of the bar patrons - with no other options in their lives.