My Dad (very anti-me-joining-the-Army) and I have been getting into some really heated arguments about my contracting. Here's what my Dad's position is. My major (Electrical Engineering) will be useless if I wait several years to begin actually using it. Additionally, since I'm planning on doing my darndest to get a Combat Arms branch of some sort when I commission, it's unlikely that I'll get any experience using my major while working with Army. So basically my Dad's saying that if I don't make a career out of the Army, I'm going to be up a creek when I get out. I don't buy into what he's saying at all, but with the budget cuts and the number of officers being forced out of service earlier than planned, it does worry me a little. I was wondering if any of y'all who have separated from the service/know someone separated could share how you managed the transition from Army to private sector, especially former Combat Arms people. Sorry for the wordy post, and thanks in advance for your replies.