Q:

My son is eager to join the military after high school instead of going to college. He says that he wants to see the world. We'd like him to go to college. Is there any way he could do both? -- For College First

A:

Your son needs information so he can see how a military career and college can be combined in a number of ways. The local recruiter for the service branch that interests him will be able to tell him of all the possibilities. He should call for an appointment now to see if he is qualified for that service.

Your son should also learn about the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), which helps students train to be officers in a branch of the U.S. military while attending college. The military will pay for much of his college education if he qualifies for this very selective program; however, he must agree to a period of service.