We are thinking of possibly allowing our son to join the military in a couple of years, to pursue his dream in Meteorology. *Special thanks go out to Saltwater and Cythim for helping me see another side of the military in a thread the other night. Been working overtime on research ever since. I always thought that if you are serving active duty, you have to go over seas and fight in the event of war. Now I am realizing that not Everyone fights. That there are, in fact, many behind the scenes jobs that never see battle or bloodshed. I am very intrigued by this, as I know that the only way he could get a BS in his field would be through an avenue that didn't cost us $100k or more. The Military would pay 100% of his tuition. How can you argue with that?? Unless, of course, it's not true.... My questions to you are, have you ever served in the Military, what was your Branch, and what was your experience like? Would you recommend the youngens today go in, or stay out? Also, how long were you AD, how far did you go in rank (ie, did you stop at Enlisted or pursue Officer). Do they really pay 100% tuition, and what is the catch? I know it's a lot to ask, but I just really am trying to get as much true life experience information as I can. I know they sell a great story on their official websites, but I need the truth about the different branches and what my son might really be getting into. I know some of you are Veterans, and if you could help a concerned mom out, I'd sure appreciate it. Thanks.