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Published:March 28th, 2008 11:06 EST
'Hey, Glenn Brandon Burke, What Should I Do?'

'Hey, Glenn Brandon Burke, What Should I Do?'

By Glenn Brandon Burke (Mentor/Speaker)

Glenn Brandon Burke, M.A.Ed, is a Motivational Speaker * Author * Columnist * Educator and CEO, and now offers a No-Holds-Barred Advice Column on your Education * Life * Career! (Real Life! Real Questions! Real Answers!). Students/Inmates/Professionals/Non-professionals-- for anyone who needs advice!

Hey, Glenn Brandon Burke, What Should I Do?

Dear Mr. Burke,

Should I quit school and join the military? 

Here's my situation. I'm a college sophomore and really want to help our country by joining the military. I've already been planning to join when I graduate, but I don't really want to wait. What should I do?

Thank you,

Patriotic College Student in Cali

Dear Patriotic,

First off, I 100% support our troops, and give you mad props for wanting to "help our country." Secondly, I'm a veteran who didn't go to college until I completed my contract with the military and, therefore, have firsthand experience with life in the military. So, allow me to share my thoughts.

If you wait until you graduate and join as an officer, you will be...

1. Given more responsibility and, therefore, have more input in "helping our country."

2.  Treated far better.

3.  Have nicer living quarters.

4.  Earn more money.

So, I STRONGLY recommend that you complete your college education before you join. -gbb

Photo above taken by Hardy Wilson/The Coloradoan. You may write gbb directly at

[Don’t miss Judy’s interview with Brigadier General Stan E. Brown,  ed.]