If I had to think, "What will I be doing 6 years from now?" before I could own my first betta, I wouldn't be on this forum. So don't feel like it's an impulse because you will be seperated from your fish. Since your dad is willing to learn and care for them, your fish is set. I don't see the point of talking you out of it since you didn't come to your decission over night. You've already researched your options, passed a test for the possition, and get more information at each step. This may not be the usual path for a career, but that only makes your idea unique. :)
But I will mention that college isn't the deciding factor between the winners and the losers in life. There are Havard grads sitting on there butts infront of the TV in this economy so don't feel bad about missing the college train. Besides, I think it's a good idea for you as an individual because you want to do it to jump start a career. I hate when people see x years of service offers as pay-off-debt quick schemes. Bootcamp cannot be easier than finding a civilian job to pay back the loan sharks. X3
I doubt I have much more life experience than you since I'm only 26, but this seems like a good idea to me. The airforce may keep you too busy to properly care for fish. So if you ask a recruiter about keeping a tank with you in the dorm the answer may be, "*endless laughter* Hey Bob, you gotta hear this question!" I wouldn't be surprised if an "Absolutely No Pets" rule is in effect just to make sure dorms aren't full of mice, bunnies, gerbils, guenine pigs, and other small pets. In fact, you may be able to bond with other recruites who had to leave pets behind.
I think you have a good plan for your future and wish you luck. :)
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