Ill start off by saying the gng lounge is my favorite forum of all! I read a ton, and post very little! So here's my question: I'm 17, and until the last few months I've had my heart dead set on being a mechanical engineer, but as of late I have really been considering enlisting. If I did I would want to sign with a option 40 contract (which would guarantee a CHANCE to attend ranger school(if I can make it that far) I'm really just doubting engineering because I really don't see myself enjoying sitting behind a desk, all day, every day. So I've been thinking, trying to weigh the ups and downs of both. Engineering: Plenty of money, work in the state I chose, Getting to spend time with my family, downs: may not enjoy it as much as something else. Enlisting: downs: being away from family most of the time, always moving around, money's not THAT good (but i think its enough, I realize money's not everything) Ups: getting to serve my country, doing what I THINK I would love... Getting to be around what I love. I guess what Im looking for here is some wisdom from people that have made the decision, and tell me what you would do if you could do it over again.