Howdy, First of all, I want to say 'hi' to all of you. This is my first post, and since I'm just a high school junior, I realized I had to do with my life. I dreamed about serving my country, and maybe having what it takes to get into a service academy, but I honestly don't know as much about USNA as I would like to beyond how tough it is to get in, how demanding the life is, etc. Which leads to my question: "If you get attend the Naval Academy (or any academy for that matter), and you decide the lifestyle isn't right for you, how do you get out?" Not that I would want to back out, of course! But, unfortunately, I have to consider questions like these, because from what I have heard, once you are in, then that is it. Plus, I have parents who always seem to have one question more than I have answers. Basically, it's four years of academy, then five years active service, with (possibly some more in reserve?). I don't think I will consider backing out if I got in, but I don't want to have ten plus years of my life wasted doing what my father has attempted to convince me is, from his few years of compulsory experience, utter Hell. Finally, even if you are happy with the service but want to get out to do something else after service was completed, what is a leaving military officer supposed to do? Do officers attend graduate school after their service, or do they defer active service for awhile? Are they then required to accept an MOS in the field they studied, or can they go into infantry with law degrees. As a cousin who attends UCLA law school told me, employment contacts are often made in graduate school, and I'm hoping pursuing a military career would not kill my chances of possibly becoming a lawyer like the rest of my family. In short, I want to know what people do after military service. Does chasing the dream of serving one's country mean sacrificing other employment opportunities? If you managed to stick with me throughout that dreary post, and remained conscious enough to make a reply, I appreciate it!