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What are the benefits and costs of becoming an officer in the Air Force versus directly enlisting into the military after high school? As a seventeen-year-old high schooler, I pondered this question as I tried to determine how I wanted to spend the next years of my adult life: enlist directly into the military or go to college to become an officer. Currently, I am on the officer track, and I am happy with my decision, but after further research, here is why the enlisted pathway may be the better choice for others. When I was looking into the service, I learned that there are two paths: enlistment or officership. As an enlisted service member, I would join the military through the more traditional route of joining right after I graduated high school and turned eighteen. With a guaranteed salary directly out of high school, enlisting was an initially attractive option with lucrative benefits, including health insurance and education assistance. However, coming from a college-preparatory high school, I had my sights on first getting a college degree. Naturally, I

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