May I ask what your aversion is to the enlisted rank? I can understand your aversion to starting out as an E-1 at your age, but the enlisted ranks and NCOs are the backbone of the Army. Personally I have an aversion to the Officer ranks. That is not to say that I have an aversion to officers, I just have an lot more respect for officers that have previously served as enlisted members. They know what it is like to start from the bottom and work their way up. The best officers I have ever had the privlidge of working under were NCOs before getting their commission. That is what I like about Warrant Officers. They are a happy medium between NCOs and Officers. I am not trying to convince you to be enlisted, just to reconsider your contempt for the "low man on the totem pole." Respecting all soldiers regardless of their rank will make you a better leader.
SFC Anthony Fletcher
86th IBCT (MTN)