Joining the Army for college money- is it worth it?

I'm seventeen, and a student pilot. I love flying. I eventually want to fly for an airline. For a time, I was looking at two schools- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Daniel Webster College. ERAU has a total fee of nearly $53,000 per year. DWC costs around $38,000 per semester. Both of these schools cost so much due to the expensive hands-on flight training. My father is 64 and retired. My mother is in her mid-fifties, and is making $30,000 - 35,000 per year. I know they can't afford for me to go to either college. My father is already in debt from sending my two older brothers to college. I doubt the bank will lend him another plus-loan, as old and as in-debt as he is. I've looked at scholarships, but we're talking about a grand total of anywhere from $120,000 - 210,000 for my entire education. Recently I've been looking at the benefits that the Army has to offer. I've been told that if I choose Aviation Operations as my "career choice" upon enlisting in the Army, then I'll be tagging along with a helicopter 24/7, getting to know the thing inside and out. And after two years or so, I can apply for a Warrant Officer position. For the next two years after that, if I'm promoted to Warrant Officer, I'll get to fly choppers. And at the end of my four-year term, I'll be able to receive up to $80,000 for my college education. Which is nearly half of my total fees. So it's nothing to laugh at. Is the Army worth it, in terms of its benefits? Having grown up in a small town where nothing exciting ever happened, I'm starting to look forward to what I suspect is adventure and travel. But so far, all I've heard are stories of 22 year-olds coming back from Iraq with severe psychological problems, or with a sense of complete alienation for everything they used to know. I'm looking for answers from soldiers and veterans of the army, with true-to-life experience. No BS posers. What is your stance on the U.S. Army? Could I return from four years of service and not be any different? Or would I get messed up? I always have alternate options. I could go with a cheaper flight school, but I really like the idea of attending a school where United States astronauts are trained. Embry-Riddle is the leader in higher education in all aeronautical fields of study, and I'm just that kind of guy who always aspires to be the best. I could get student loans and work a few years before going to college. Even if I enlist and get military training, I still want to go to college- to fly fixed-wing aircraft. In the Army, I'll be flying helicopters, and that will amount to good military flight time, but you can see why I will still want to go to Embry-Riddle or Daniel Webster, even after I've gotten great training in the Army. Thanks for reading, sorry my question is so long, and thanks to all who answer in advance.

Asked By: Carolina Flyboy - 6/13/2009
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I'd go Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. You can work on a degree with them while in the Army... More
Answered By: Heather H - 6/14/2009
Additional Answers (9)
not really considering you are in it for 4 years but its up to you
Answered By: Our Mutual Friend - 6/13/2009
You should be the one who decides that... not some strangers on yahoo answers. you are the only one who should decide for yourself.
Answered By: M - 6/13/2009
no its is not my brother was in the army he was in collegde for 10 year and got a bachlors in history
Answered By: rocker95 - 6/13/2009
Don't join the army if it isn't the army your interested!!! there will be a way to get what you want without having to do something like that.... you will be happy you didn't in the future! man, think about all the things you will get to do as a normal guy, you know? all the young adult life and adventures and stuff... More
Answered By: Barla M - 6/13/2009
oh no no no. dont do it please. If you do go i think you will be different. Not in the sense as in a whole different person, but as in you will have a different outlook on some parts of life. the army is a life changing decision not something you can take back ya know. I really like the fact that your are goal... More
Answered By: Peace - 6/13/2009
I'm older now and have kids your age. When I was 18 I entered the army for the same reasons you are considering it. Not only did I get my education, I had a lot of fun traveling and learning new things. By time I got out and went to school I understood a lot more of what the world was about and it made my education... More
Answered By: Bob G - 6/13/2009
Totally agree with Bob G. he explained it all.
Answered By: armstrong - 6/13/2009
I think a person should join the service not only for "MONEY" but to serve his/her country. So i say that it is not worth it if your doing it for the money. I served 20 years in the Army and i can honestly say that my first priorities were "duty, honor,country." The Bonuses were nice, but not a neceeeity for me.
Answered By: charles.young580 - 6/13/2009
I consider military time spent very much worth it. However, I think it's preferable to enter the military After you have your Bachelor's degree, because you'll be next to guaranteed officer training. Then use the benefits to pay off the loans you took out for college.
Answered By: Prospero Reincarnate - 6/14/2009
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