Well, if a civilian company was being this successful recruiting people via video games, we'd probably be admiring their creativity and out-of-the-box thinking. Regardless of how you feel about the military, the recruitment program itself is apparently quite successful.
In regards to the military--if it's not in writing, it never happened. Your recruiter may say a lot of things (they are not allowed to lie to recruit, but that doesn't mean things don't get shaded a certain way), but if what he/she says is not in your contract, don't sign it until they put it in the contract, or you're ok with the differences.
Yes, the education programs are also still in effect, and if you want to serve in the military and can't afford college, it can help you out quite a bit.