Your 17 years old and take a couple of tests to determine your skill sets and aptitude for learning and the phone starts ringing: The Army calls with an offer: After basic training they'll send you to Intel school, with a Top Secret Security Clearance. You'll learn about the finest Intelligence collection and assessment tools, gadgets, and techniques in the world. After school they'll send you to NORAD HQ in Colorado Springs. And they'll promote you straight to Captain ($60K+ per yr). The Air Force calls: After basic training they'll send you for pilot training. You're going to get a Top Secret Security clearance and become a pilot for the B2 Stealth Bomber. Oh, and they're going to promote you straight to Captain after schooling and you'll be stationed in Nebraska. The Navy call: After basic training they'll send you through Seal training where you'll be trained on the finest weapons, gadgets and warfare techniques in the world. If you physically survive the training and don't tap out, you'll be promoted straight to Captain and join a special ops team. You'll be stationed an hour from your home town. The Marines call: After basic training they're going to send you to Medic school and teach you to become a combat-medic. You'll learn about trauma on the battlefield and become a life-saver. Once training is complete, they'll promote you straight to Captain and send you to San Diego. Which one would you choose? P.S. The point I'm trying to make -- (I hate losing stud LA kids too) -- there are tons of other schools that have just as much to offer as LSU. It's all about what appeals to that particular young man.