I've got one more year of college and then it's into the real world of slim pickings. My plan for the last six months was to go directly into LE as a police officer. However, getting into reputable departments around here is very difficult, and most of them around the state are in hiring freezes. So, I'm revisiting my considerations of going into the military as an officer (assuming I could get into OCS). Eventually I'd like to go into a federal agency like the FBI, ATF, DEA, Secret Service, U.S. Marshalls, etc., or on a high-expectations SWAT team. I'm considering the fact that with a college degree, being in LE or military on top of that would give me a good chance of eventually getting a job with the big guys. Anyway, with the economy being extremely tight, the LE route may not offer me the same opportunities that the military would. As far as choosing a branch, I'm narrowed down to the Army. I could go on all night about why, but I feel the Army would be the best fit for me. For starters, I want to be part of a GI unit. You might call me crazy, but I'd like to be in combat with a rifle in my hands. The reason I'm posting this thread is to learn about my options in the Army. I know there are Airborne, Rangers, special forces, snipers, etc., but how does one go about enrolling in the training schools for these? My ultimate dream is to be a sniper, whether it's LE or military. I actually met an ex-Army sniper not too long ago, and he told me all about sniper school. Sounds tough, but right up my alley. I've also talked with other current and former Army soldiers, but I never got a clear understanding of how things worked. So, assuming I was able to complete OCS, where would I go from there? Would I have a choice of what I wanted to pursue, or would I need to wait until they asked for volunteers, or would I have to be selected based on my performances on missions? If anyone could fill me in on this stuff, that'd be great. I will say that I am a very bright, intelligent, and creative person. From the various military personnel I've conversed with, some type of special forces sounds like an excellent fit for me. However, I have no idea how all that stuff works in the Army.