So...I've been in the U.S. Air Force, active duty, for 10 years in July. I've started my separation process and am leaning towards getting out. My "plan" is to go reserve for the benefits and go to school full time, which they will help pay for, in addition to my GI bill. Here's my thinking on the whole thing: 1. I work in an extremely small career field with a select few choices for work areas. I don't want to stay and continue to do what I've been doing. It's...disheartening and morale is terrible. 2. I want to get into something like Plasma Physics, and I know that I cannot work full time AND go to school full time. It will just burn me out and I'll just piddle around like I have been the last few years. 3. I believe that no matter what I'm going to be working full time until my 60's or 70's. I already have several retirement plans in the making, such as retiring from the Reserves and my 401k that I've been contributing to since I was right around 21, which was about 6 years ago. I might not be getting 20-30k for just waking up in the morning like I would if I spent 10 more years in active duty, but I also don't have to wait a decade to get into what I want to do. 4. I'm fairly confident that the experience I've gained in the military along with my associates degree in Electronic Systems Technology, will allow me to get a job with many companies if all my other plans fall through. What do you guys think?