This is the phrase heard up and down the halls of every barracks throughout the armed forces. Accusations range from recruiters offering occupational specialties which never came through to merely misrepresenting how awesome it is to be a grunt. I recall remarking time and again I had never been shown the bit about folding linen in a recruiting video. Everyone was led to believe they would be jumping out of airplanes and shooting phased plasma rifles in a 30 watt range. The sad reality descended when you were handed a mop and had to swab the deck for the first time.
Whatever slight of hand was used to recruit troops during my lifetime pales in comparison to the story I heard recently. The following was related to me from a WWII Marine about her father, who served in the U.S. Army during WWI.
Her father was an European immigrant relatively fresh off the boat. On the street one day he was approached by a very attractive woman. She was carrying a clip board and said if he signed her roster she would give him a kiss. He promptly signed and received his reward. It turned out though the young lady was carrying a sign up roster for the U.S. Army. He served with honor but his family would always harass him for being such an easy mark.
So the next time you complain about the underhanded manner in which you were recruited, at least be comforted by the fact it took a little more work to reel you in than your great grand father.