1) How do you know when it is time for you to get out? 2) Do you ever compare yourself to your HS peers and wonder why you picked the military? A family member asked me these questions and I couldn't answer them right away. I'll start, but I'd like to hear your answers too. 1) I don't know when it'll be time for me to get out. Sometimes I wonder if I'll just enjoy what I do, and the journey that comes with it. So far if the rest of my career is anything like my first 22 months then I'm going to be in for a long while. I'm sure time will fly as well. 2) I try not to, but it can be hard. Plenty of my former peers have gone on to do very well in school and have great careers. Others have done nothing with their lives, and just live day to day. Then there are plenty that are in the middle living the average American life. I'm stuck working in the USAF on stuff I can't talk about. If I can get on track for a Bachelor's Degree in "something" then I don't think I'd ever regret my decision. We all aren't built to cram in a college education and to get a "job".