Owning vs renting is usually a push. Maintenance and other costs of aircraft ownership (like parking fees or hangar if you go that far, unexpected damage or repairs, insurance, etc) usually make it just as expensive per hour as renting.
If you fly a lot, like putting 5 hours + per week, then owning tends to be the better route. Since it's your bird, you don't have to worry about availability of the aircraft like you would renting.
On the other hand, when it goes in for the yearly, you don't have a plane to fly for a few weeks. If you live in a place like I do, that can suck, but other parts of the world, where there's seasons you typically can't get into the air, it's not as bad.>>6659440
Air Force, by far, as just about everything centers around Strategic Air Command. KC-135s, C-5s, C-17s, C-130s, F-15, F-16, F-35 just to name major aircraft, in addition to the smaller birds they operate, means they are by far in the most demand of pilots. It's just that it's well known and is a main target of those wishing to fly.
That and the Air Force, compared to say... The Army or Marines, is a hell of a nicer environment to work and live in.