plz help me out! military service? or ph.d in local univ? hello~ i just started my Masters in Physics. and i have a problem. AS A VICTIM OF Kim Jong-il(i live in S.Korea lol), i gotta do my military service. And I can think of only 2 options for now 1. keep studying here and finish my Ph.d in Korea (6yrs of domestic ph.d as a substitue for Military service) and then do postdoc abroad. 2. finish MA only and do military service for 3yrs(maybe i can study at night) and do ph.d abroad. which is the best choice? Am i just being chicken who tries to rely on school fame? Or is it worth taking more time to do Ph.d with better advisor? my advisor(37) has a PRL paper cited about 80 and have one or two publication on science magazine. Please help me out and criticize me.