My first post - I was directed here by "libraryLady" and I figured I might as well participate, but some posts in this section have left me iffy as to whether or not this section is orientated towards me as a junior in high school, so if that's the case then so be it, I'll head on back to lurking. As I mentioned before, I'm in the 11th grade. I currently have my eyes set on the Ranger regiment as they have been for a good while now, but for all I know I may have a revelation in the next few hours causing me to realize my true calling of managing spread sheets, as that tends to happen to kids my age. Why SOF? Well shoot, that's about as easy to answer as the meaning of life. I could go on for a good while about the "philosophical" aspects and what not, and everything from the desire for the camaraderie and pushing myself, to wanting to be a hardass when I get to aging like my great-grandfather . But in the end it just "feels" right I suppose. What I know about the path to the Rangers so far. Also a difficult answer, as my knowledge is a collective hump of things acquired through reading a few books, and the always "reliable" internet. In short I believe I have to go to a recruiter (which I plan to do early October as I hear that's when things become available, when I'm 19, giving myself a good year to prepare myself to the best of my ability for what is to come) and semi request/semi demand an 11x option 40 contract. And then to be ready for Basic, Airborne school, RASP, Ranger school in that order and possibly things such as SERE later in my career, "if" I make it that far. I'm pretty glad I was directed here as I was able to read the "25m" post, which confirmed my belief that I was being a dummy for assuming that Basic will be a walk in the park after looking at the "grand scheme" of things too much. Voila, I hope whomever's the judge finds it to be an acceptable first.