So what type of business do you want to be involved in?
If you do not have a plan, then you will have nothing to work towards. So if I wanted to become a businessman in logistics involved in the management of the flow of things between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet requirements of customers or corporations. So if that is my goal how do I achieve it? I could become a member of the Army and work in the logistics career field as a stepping stone to my overall goals. I could use the Army's educational opportunities to achieve more education to achieve my goal.
So as you can see...if you set a goal, reduce it to baby steps, you can have a plan to achieve the success you are looking for.
John Medeiros MS EHS
Not to dash dreams for one or the other but why not try both. In the National Guard, I know many people who have an MBA and work in Business but do their one weekend a month and two weeks a year. Many corporations take pride in the number of military (to include National Guard and Reserves) they have on staff. Additionally as retirement is earned at 20 years of service if you start in college as ROTC you could get 20 years before you turn 40. This leaves lots of life left to start your own business (like my wife has done) or continue up the corporate ladder.
Good question...the short answer is you can do both and both are good choices... :) I did both and do not regret a single minute of it...I went in the Army Reserves right out of high school where I did basic and job training, then I served in the Army Reserve on weekends and in the summer while going to college and working @ Walmart. The military teaches you valuable skills that you can use in business...discipline, perseverance, attention to detail, etc.
Later I decided to go on Active duty with the military for 6 years and went to school part time as well...when I got out of the military I had an Associates degree, job experience and I had a job offer waiting for me the day I was honorably discharged from the Army.
Later in my career I bought a franchise and owned a small cleaning business and the skills I learned in the military were very helpful and because I was a Veteran, I received a discount on purchasing the franchise.
I think you need to take easy. You still have time to make your mind. I suggest you to take a couple of career tests to identify the careers that matches your skill set. Afterwards, research these careers and try to pick the one that fits you best. The links below are several career tests. I hope you the best with your quest.