Ok, so I am kind of at a crossroads here and I'm not sure what to do. I've already spoken to my parents/family about it and figured I could get some more perspectives on here. Right now I am a non-scholarship non-contracted sophomore in AROTC. I joined the program as a sophomore because I realized that I wasn't happy with the path I was going down(no I am not talking about being a deadbeat, drunk, etc.) but I mean I didn't feel like I would be satisfied with the work I would be doing after I graduated. I am a business major with a concentration in accountancy. I want to have a rewarding job and know I am making a difference and being an Army Officer really encompasses everything I'm looking for in a profession. So here is my dilemma. Active Duty scholarships are very hard to find, especially for students already in college. I figure the only way I could get one is to attend LTC, compete for one, and hopefully be awarded one. This has already proven difficult since my school informed us that the amount of cadets they can send to LTC was cut 90% this year. So, if that doesn't happen then I'm not sure it will be possible for me to be on scholarship while seeking an Active Duty commission. Now it is not "all about the money" for me, but I would like to have tuition assistance along with the majority of cadets in my BN. The other day we had a rep from the National Guard speak to us and it sounds like it is much easier to attain a NG scholarship. So here I have this great opportunity to get the scholarship I want, but I'm not really sure if being in the NG is what I want. But here is where it gets tricky. My school has an accelerated Masters program for Accounting students where they can stay for 1 extra year and receive a Masters of Accountancy degree (a degree which carries 150 credits). This is huge because 1) It is a Masters degree straight out of college and 2) the 150 credits would allow me to sit for the CPA exam which would open a lot of opportunities for me "down the road". So what I could do is apply for the DEDNG 3 year scholarship and (if awarded) use it to pay for my last 3 years of school, including the extra year to get my Masters degree. And of course I would SMP for the 3 years to ensure my eduction isn't disrupted. Sounds pretty nice doesn't it? So my dilemma essentially is do I do the National Guard route, get my Masters degree, and go for my CPA after graduation and fulfill my obligation to the Guard for the several years? Or, do I compete for an Active Duty scholarship and go for an Active Duty commission, only receive a bachelor's degree and graduate with more debt(assuming no scholarship), and need to go back to school at some point in the future if I want to get my CPA (but get to work in the Army full time after graduation)? I think the real core of the dilemma is that I am not sure right now if I want to make a career out of the military and I don't think it is something I would truly know until I graduate and live the military life for a while. For this reason my Grandfather suggested I go the NG route because even if I decide I want make a career in the Army than I could always go Active Duty after my time is up in the Guard. (I'm not sure if that is possible or if there are disadvantages to doing that) Reading my situation, what do you think I should do?