I’m looking at your profile and see that you were born in California. So, are a Canadian citizen or not? I don’t know if you have to be Canadian to serve in the Canadian military, but for the U.S. armed forces you don’t have to be.
Anyways, when I was living in Canada I was in the Army Cadets for a short time while in high school. I guess my experience wasn’t like yours and I didn’t like it to much. My friend loved it and I think he’s in the military right now.
Going into the military is a big decision because you’ll be sent to places where you don’t want to go. You might end up in, say, Northern Ontario or Northern Alberta when you do your service rather than a big city. Don’t forget that you might even be stationed somewhere where there’s a lot of conflict, especially with all the tension going on in the world today.
I’ve never been in the military, but I know people who have served (both the U.S. and Canadian). Boot camp is no joke and is serious right from the get go. Most people who have served have told me that it’s really only worth it if you seriously love your country otherwise it can be pretty miserable. A lot of people go pay for their college education, which isn’t a bad idea, but you usually have to commit for a few years after you complete your degree. My dad’s friend did that with the Air Force and he couldn’t wait to get out of the military after he was done his PhD. That was him though.
If you’re looking to get flight training through the military, bare in mind that you might not necessarily be chosen for that role. Remember, you’re under their control after you enlist and if they thing scrubbing toilets is for you, then you’re gonna have to do it and do it with a smile.
I thought about joining the military after college (both U.S. and Canadian), but decided against it because I just don’t like that kind of discipline and don’t respond too well to authority. Also, if I joined the Canadian military, I would have lost my U.S. citizenship. You might want to look into that (I’m assuming you’re a U.S. citizen as well). Maybe things have changed since then, but I don’t know.
If this is something you really want to do, then do the research on your own and don’t let some recruiter pester you into joining. They’re annoying and won’t stop harassing you until you give them a firm answer either way.