It's always been a desire of mines to join the military, but I never followed through with it. I have a BS in Criminal Justice, i've been through a POST certified police academy, and worked as a police officer for a short period of time. Right now I'm working a lame job with mediocre pay and I'm looking to shake things up. Ever since I posted up my resume on Monster, I've been getting emails from the Marines pushing me to go through their officer program. But before I get serious, I wanted to see what you guys know before I actually talk to a recruiter. 1. Assuming I make it through the program, what can I expect to get paid as a new officer? I was talking to an acquiantence who is a SSGT for the AF, and he makes 60k a year. He was telling me as an officer I'd be making close to 100k a year. Seems a little far fetched considering base pay is around 25k a year right? 2. I prefer the Air Force, but I hear they aren't really recruiting officers, and if they are, it's with technical degrees only right? 3. How long is the application process before you get shipped out? Then how long is training? 4. How many days out of the year, can I expect to be deployed?