Me: Top 5% of my highschool class, at Northeastern University Honors program now on a merit scholarship. Majoring in Criminal Justice. 2 years left of undergraduate study (5 year program), will be 22 when I graduate. Career wise I want to look at graduate school for international affairs or international security; however, I am also considering the military as an option due to the direct involvement in international affairs (obviously) as opposed to a diplomatic involvement which I have experienced and find unsatisfactory (spent a month at the United Nations in Switzerland studying/meeting with ambassadors). 1) What branch would be best for my interests and where would I fall as an officer/recruit if I did join? 2) What is the situation with schooling if I do join a branch? Is graduate school then paid for by the military? (not looking to join and sit out my time for the free grad school, just would like to go either way if I join or not) 3) Any other general advice people with experience can apply to my situation?