(Disclaimer: I don't know if this belongs in this forum, so mods, please move if it should go in off-topic. I just thought a lot of folks might relate to this in this section) So a few nights ago, our DS's high school recognized the Seniors who have received scholarships, achieved high scholastic results, and/ or enlisted in the military. The first young man to have enlisted was a Marine signee and the USMC recruiter goes to the podium , says a short schpiel about the new Devil pup and closes with, "We are very proud to offer $100k towards this Marine's education." A few students later, the recruiter says his thing, and closes with " The Marine Corps is very proud to offer $110k towards this young man's education." Half way through the students, the Navy representative takes the podium, says a few words, looks back over his shoulder at the seated Marine Recruiter, and proudly claims $180k towards an enlistee's education. Then our DS's MALO went up and announced his commitment to West Point without ever dropping a dollar figure. 1) I thought it reflected very well that he didn't engage in the apparent military one-up's-manship 2) It didn't kill the glory for the other kids or donors. I thought it was funny, especially as a former Marine, that the rivalry permeated the stage without taking away from the kids that had made those commitments. I always assumed each branch paid the same, with regard to general pay and GI Bill for school. Is that not true? i have also heard many different figures on the value of an appointment and subsequent completion of 4 years at an academy, ranging from "free- LOL" to around $800k. What is that dollar value associated with an appointment?