Hey guys. I'm a current high school senior and I'm stuck trying to decide between enlisting in the Guard, enlisting active duty, or going to college and doing Army ROTC. In-state colleges at ticket price are too expensive for my family, so I will need assistance to attend. I've got good grades and test scores, so I am a runner for an ROTC scholarship, but lately I've been hearing of the Army not paying and families having to take out loans even when they are on scholarship, so I'm reluctant to take that route. Joining the Guard seems like the next best option, and I had been in contact with a Guar recruiter about getting an 11B contract. However, I really want to be active duty and I've heard that once you enlist in the Guard it makes it pretty hard to transfer to AD, especially in today's fiscal climate. Also, I'd have to miss the first semester of college, but I'm willing to do that. Now active duty. I would absolutely LOVE to be active duty infantry, but of course there's always the question of what I'd do when my career was over and I had no college degree and no actual work experience. Other than those issues though, I'd lean active. What do you guys think is my best course of action?
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