Background: I come from a Chinese background. My mom is EXTREMELY concerned with safety, to the point where she would not let me ride in my cousin's car for a half hour trip because he would be going on the freeway. My immediate family doesn't really have a military background, although, my grandfather on my mother's side was in the mandatory service in Taiwan. I haven't expressed any desire to them about joining the Army before and am still somewhat on the fence myself. ROTC: I am a freshman. I have been trying out the Army ROTC program at UCLA for about a quarter now. I like the program and think I could have a future in it. However, I haven't contracted yet. Mostly because I would like the consent of my parents but also because I'd like more information about what the Army is like after ROTC. Questions: -Any advice for letting my parents know? -What are the benefits of contracting other than money for tuition, books, and stipend? -What are my obligations if I contract? How many years will I need to serve? Does this differ if I get a 4-year scholarship or a 2-year one? -Can I still go to graduate school after ROTC? How will that affect my contract? -What is day to day life like as a 2nd Lieutenant? (I'm hoping to branch Engineer, more specifically) Will I be out in the field more often than not? What are the safety concerns? -What are my chances of getting deployed if I go Reserve? -What is life like if I'm in the Reserve but not deployed? -How beneficial will being an Army officer be if I want to get a job in the civilian market? -What's the difference between the Guard and Reserve? That's all I can think of for now. Thanks for reading it through!