My DS has been waiting for the AROTC scholarship 2nd board results. But he is now intending to enlist in the Army instead when he graduates from high school in June. He hopes for MOS 35P (linguist) or second choice 35G (geospatial analyst). He'll be taking the ASVAB and DLAB ASAP (Feb, March) and ship not long after graduation. At least that's the plan that is taking shape right now. We're about to set the ASVAB/MEPS date with the recruiter. The DLAB comes later. He just doesn't want to go to college right now. Profile: he turns seventeen in a few days. He's sharp as a tack and has a resume of significan work experience (farm labor, construction labor, restaurant work). But he's not very interested in school right now. He aced the SAT and will do very well on the ASVAB and DLAB. Of course, DLI is a year of school and it's a 50-hour week of studying, but he's okay with that. It's only a year, not a four-year slog. Plus he likes languages. He's had four years of high school Chinese and has taught himself a smattering of Dutch and how to pronounce Korean writing. Maybe when he's twenty or so he'll start going to college part time while he's still serving. He has been accepted by George Mason for the fall. Maybe someday in the future if he is stationed at Ft. Meade he can commute to Mason part time. In short, DS is about to turn down the AROTC scholarship, if lucky enough to be offered it, and enlist instead. I wonder how many people in our country's history have done that. It's a little odd, but I'm happy with it. Is there anything I should be aware of? There is a sense of "What the heck is my DS doing? Just accept the scholarship, son, and be resolved to study whether you like it or not!" Actually, I'm looking forward to watching move forward with the enlistment adventure he's about to embark on. But should he reconsider? There is a lot of wisdom in this forum for which I'm grateful, so I thought I'd post.