My daughter has a 3.8 GPA, is in her junior year of high school and is finishing up her first year of the Running Start program which will enable her to have earned her AA degree by the time she graduates from high school. She has developed an aversion to debt and does not feel that she will get enough scholarships and grants to enable her to get a four year degree at a university without being heavily weighed down with debt upon graduating. She became interested in the NROTC program which would entail the Navy paying her way through four years of college to a degree. She would then be required to attend an officer's training school, after which she would owe the Navy either four, five or six years, depending on which recruiting officer you ask. I asked the recruiting officer what her chances were of being sent on a ship to the areas of conflict (Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq) and he said she has a 90% chance of being sent to the Gulf and a smaller percentage chance of being sent ashore there for duty. When I asked what happens if she finds that this life is not for her and she is unable to complete her term of duty, the recruiting officer's exact words were: "Tough cookies". Now, I would like very much to hear from other parents what they think, and I'd also REALLY like to hear stories from people who've actually been in the Navy and had trouble with them. I need my daughter to know what's possible. At the moment, she's being seduced by promises of free education, travel and adventure and isn't seeing the reality of being sent to dangerous areas where she may see horrendous things that she wants no part of but is forced to participate in because she signed on the dotted line at the young and foolish age of 18. Thank you in advance for your assistance. I want to be clear that I am not intending to put down those who have served or are serving. I'm simply trying to discover if this is the right choice for my daughter.