I'll be honest, after the past 48 hours, I'm really not sure what I want to do right now. My initial plan after high school was to enlist in the Air Force because I didn't have money for college. My friend's father (pretty much my second father) called MMI yesterday and told them about me. They called me that afternoon and said that they really wanted me to attend MMI. Not really knowing what to do, I applied for admission and scholarships over the phone. I set up a visit for this morning and I did go. After my campus tour, I came back to the admission's office and they were handing me one of their 5 Presidential Scholarships, and said I would probably qualify for more scholarships once my FASFA was processed. So here's my problem. I don't know much about JMCs or really the military at all. I do understand from my AF recruiter (I haven't told him about MMI yet, he's been out of town) that if I enlist, I won't start off in debt and I'll start making a base salary after tech school. My main problem is money and time. I don't quite know all the benefits of going to a JMC instead of enlisting. They were saying something about doing a year at MMI and then transferring to Air Force Academy. That's basically another 5 years of school that I could spend being enlisted and earning a salary. I guess that's another problem.. I don't understand the ranks and their respected salary. So long story short, I just need someone to help me out by giving me some details on the benefits of paying money to go to MMI (I would be taking out a loan) and POSSIBLY going to Air Force Academy (I'm not quite sure how difficult it is to get in after a year at MMI) instead of enlisting and not going into debt and getting a paycheck within the first year. I know this is a lot information I'm asking for, but I'm trying to do my research and get help from anyone I can. I don't come from a wealthy family and I don't want to start off in debt and be screwed if things don't go accordingly to plan.