So I'm in a bit of a dilemma here. I've been pondering this for years, but it's been nagging at me especially hard these past few weeks. I want to join the Marines. I'm probably going to join no matter what, but as a musician, I have been told if you make it in one of the Marine bands you are basically set for life (anyone care to confirm or deny this?) I try to live by what my high school band director said, "Never go through life thinking to yourself "I should have done this"". Those words convinced me to march 2 years (about to be my 3rd and last) year of drum corps, which I don't regret. My situation is that I hear the competition is insane. My teacher played in the Air Force band for several years, and believes it is not out of my reach (he is also a very nice guy, I'm not sure if he would tell me anyways if I wasn't good enough). I'm currently about to finish my second semester of college as a music performance major, and I've been asking everyone for advice. I know I don't need a degree to perform anywhere, and if I make it in a Marine Band I'm set for a while. And if I don't make a Marine band, I still get to spend at least 4 years of my life with the world's greatest military force. Currently my plan is if I drop out now, join the Marines (and hopefully Marine band) then good, but if I don't make it I would not start school again for music, I would study law enforcement to become a police officer (hopefully being a Marine would look good on my resume with no degree? Not sure about that one.) I love protecting people and busting criminals probably close to as much as I love music. I will post a video of me playing some stuff later tonight for some criticism. I'm looking for advice...I'm currently 21 years old and would like advice from someone who has either been in my shoes or is twice my age and has experience in something above. Please, if you are younger than me do not give me life advice. No offense but this is where I seek help from my elders. Also to anyone who has done this before what is to be expected at auditions? Can I audition before signing up for the Marines?