My congratulations to your nephew. My observation, after 29 years of service, is that the Army, like anything else, is largely what you make of it.
If you look for it, you can find a bad time anywhere..and the reverse applies, as well.
I won't try and tell you that I've loved every single day I've been in, there have been many I wouldn't want to relive. When all is said and one, however, there have been a hell of a lot more good days than bad.
2nd Plt A 1/75 Feb 78-Aug 80
Ranger class 502-79 (Reverisco)