Young man, it is your decision to reenlist or move on - either decision is fine by me as long as you have thought it through and are doing it for the right reasons. I just want to make sure you are fully informed of your options, and want to see if there is anything I can do to help you best succeed in whatever decision you decide to take.
If you decide to leave, you have to take advantage of the best GI Bill benefits this nations has provided its veterens since WWII.
Without going into details, let me just say that I was re-elected as social chairman for my Fraternity for a reason and leave it at that - except to say I had a well rounded college experience; ahem.
First, you need to go to the best university or college you can get in to - and you need to make the absolute best grades possible. You should also assume that you will need to get a Masters and/or Doctorate down the road. Don't listen to the naysayers or logic-sponges - make that your entering argument. Talk to your Professors and instructors and ask them how to get there WRT grades and courses. Let me put it this way - if you have a 3.5 GPA you are close to failing; less than a 3.5 and your options narrow considerably. Less than a 3.0 - well - good luck with that.
Do a CO-OP program - study a semester in Europe - double major, but most of all use those college credits to keep your semester load to 12-16 hours, max. Take 3 hrs or so over a summer session if you can. Easy to do even with a full time job - though I would keep that job thing to a minimum as well.
Now that I have the geek stuff out of the way - let's get to what is important; and I return to the statement about you as a Freshman.
In that light, it is critical that you see the deeper meaning of the following article from The Washington Post.
Dude, (I'm GenX - I can use Dude, we started it and you're getting out) - do I really even need to tell you more? They have too many women and as a result it is easier to get in as a male than a female.
Women apply in greater numbers than men to most colleges in the D.C. area. They make up at least three-fifths of the applicant pool at a number of schools, including the College of William and Maryin Virginia, Goucher and St. Mary's colleges in Maryland and American University in the District.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that some schools are favoring men by admitting them at higher rates than women to try to preserve a male-female balance on campus. Conventional admissions-office wisdom dictates that colleges dominated by either sex are less appealing to applicants in general.
William and Mary admitted 43 percent of its male applicants and 29 percent of its female applicants in fall 2008, according to its institutional data. Vassar College in New York's Hudson Valley admitted 34 percent of the men who applied and 21 percent of the women. Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania admitted 19 percent of male applicants and 14 percent of female applicants. Wesleyan University in Connecticut admitted 30 percent of the men and 25 percent of the women. Female applicants far outnumbered male candidates at all four schools.
For the geek; DC is a nightmare place to work in the military - but good googly-moogly is it a great place to go to school. You can't swing a dead cat without hitting a top shelf internship or CO-OP program. All the schools have multiple European semester programs to play with - and if you need reserve money - paid USNR billets abound. And as a single man in his early 20s, if you got tired of going out with 18, 19 or 20 year old women .... the ratio of 22-26yr old single women (with their own paycheck) to straight, single men is, just, ... DC. And you don't need a car, and if you do - cheap rentals are all over the place.
Enough of the geek stuff though - look at the happy hunting ground you have to work with. Gaggles of smart young ladies from "good families," who don't have enough real men to make their college experience fulfilling.
Again, look at the type of competition you have to work with. 95% of Freshmen females want 0% to do with any boy that reminds them of High School. You are just the man to help them feel more mature.
When you are in a target rich environment and bring superior firepower and training .... well all Salamander readers know what that means - Fullbore Friday .... Fullbore Saturday .... and probably Fullbore Thursday as well.
Sigh - youth is wasted on the young.