Hi. I'm currently a junior in high school, and along with ROTC, have been considering applying to a service academy. I have a question that I'm sure most of you have asked yourselves - is the 5 year obligation dangerous? My parents are generally supportive - but I believe they are still skirting around the question of the obligation and have numerous times hinted at the risk of, you know, dying. I have always dreamed of a military career, and if I was to get accepted to WP or AFA, I would be motivated to go, but the idea of serving 5 years still concerns me. Here are the questions I have. 1. Where do you get deployed? How is it decided? 2. Where CAN you get deployed? 3. How have you and your parents talked about the 5 year obligation? 4. Would serving in the USMC or USAF be "safer" I do not want to sound like a wimp or a *****. I have no problem serving my country, but what bothers me is to think of my parents sitting at home, worrying. I don't want them worrying themselves sick. For the last question, I do not want to sound too calculating either. I am interested in going to both (if I get accepted) but my parents are more supportive of me going to USAFA because they believe it will be somewhat "safer" (up in the air as opposed on the ground). How credible is this? Thanks!