Lately i'm being faced with one of the most important decisions of my life. I need to decide with what im going to do for the rest of it. Up unitl now i always figured i'd go to law school and be a lawyer like my old man. A few months ago i thought it might be a better idea to actually use my education in mechanical engineering to be an engineer. If i keep my grades up, it would be a cool idea to go to grad schgool for aerospace and get a job in that industry. Recently though, ive been giving thought about attending Marine OTC (officer trainnig class) or the Air Force OTS, to become a pilot. Both programs are designed to prepare you for being an officer in their respective fields. The programs run during the summer. The gov't pays for all textbooks and stuff and i get paid. The only downside is i like the AF, but only the marines will garantee a career in aviation before being commissioned. I've also been looking at a pay chart, and officers make a pretty good amount of money, some over 100k if you dont retire for 25 years (not including allthe other benefits ans allowances they offer). Odds are, however, that i'd make more money sooner if i want to law school, or to a lesser extent, became an engineer. Also, if i retired after 15 years, would any engineering firms want to hire me if my engineering degree is 15 years old, or would a good law school mind? I think im qualified to to pretty much either of the 3 careers im conisdering. I've got a 3.70 GPA at a tier 1 school as a mechanical engineering major, starting at a varsity sport since i was a freshman. Is anyone in the air force that can share their experiences? I dont want to be sitting at a desk in 10 years thinking to myself this job sucks, i wish i did something else with my life."