My sophmore son told me last night that he'd like to consider serving our country when he graduates high school. I'm thrilled, and I'd be very proud if he decides to do so. He wouldn't go to college first, but since we homeschool, he is earning college credits now (at a rate of 6-9 per year). What do I need to know about ushering him through this process- I need the "unofficial guide" based on the experiences of those of you here. Better to have loose credits going in? Associate degree first? Skip it and let him earn credit on Uncle Sam's dime later? Bachelor's first? He's bright- but not West Point bright- so academy is aiming too high. He'd like to go in when he's 18 rather than later. I'm pretty sure he could complete enough credit to finish high school with most of an associate degree. He could certainly be within a semester or two after graduation. Someone help me get off on the right path, I'd like to research this a lot more, but I don't even know step 1. *and he hasn't picked a branch.