I just received my BFE in the mail after finding out last night online that I had received an appointment and am still a little in shock... The issue is that I am a senior in college, about to graduate in a month, and I really do not know if the Academy is the most logical choice for me. Don't get me wrong, I have wanted to join the Academy ever since High School and this is truly a dream come true for me but I am unsure if going to the Academy is the "smart" thing to do. I AM certain that I want a career in the Air Force, especially since my major probably won't be hiring for quite a while, but I don't know if I should do this or go through Officer Training School instead. The main drawback I see from OTS is: I might not even get in because from what I have heard it has gotten extremely more competitive due to the economy and the incoming class may already be full, I feel that it won't prepare me as well as the Academy for a possible career in the Air Force, and it's in Alabama over the summer where the humidity is absolutely terrible (more of a gripe but still....). However what I found really attractive was a short term loan that is offered in conjunction with being accepted to OTS that would really help me with my short term finances and pay off some bills I have recently incurred. In regards to the Academy, it is an absolute dream for me to attend but even my older sister made a good point that it's 4 years that I could be doing something else. Also I have about $3k in personal debt that I need to take care of and am unsure how I could pay that off while at the Academy. On a side note, does anyone know of ANY benefits of entering into the Academy as a college graduate? I already read from a previous post that transferring courses is difficult but I was wondering if there was anything at all. Parental support is unfortunately non-existent and actually part of the reason I want to go somewhere far away... I kind of want to figure this out soon so that I can let someone else who may be eligible for my spot possibly get it (cross your fingers if you're in the 13th District of Illinois...) if I decline my appointment. Any advice on what I should do is more than welcome.