Thinking of joining the navy... or another branch of the military?

I was thinking of joining the navy (or possibly another branch) after High School (I'm a senior). Basically, I'd just like advice from sailors (or other personnel) and their opinion. I'm not sure what I want to do with my life, I'm interested in linguistics (I know about the DLAB etc...) anyhow... show more I was thinking of joining the navy (or possibly another branch) after High School (I'm a senior). Basically, I'd just like advice from sailors (or other personnel) and their opinion.

I'm not sure what I want to do with my life, I'm interested in linguistics (I know about the DLAB etc...) anyhow I thought perhaps the navy would give me a chance to do something worthwhile, get away from home, experience life a bit, and travel.
What are the
pro's and con's of the navy, especially compared to college?
Why did you join?
and are you happy with your decision? why or why not?
Would you advise a different branch? if yes, why?
thanks

Just looking for advice, comments, opinions... any info would be helpful.
Update: Jake - I'm not in the navy right now... I'm in High School!
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