The Army is the best thing that ever happened to my youngest daughter. She's been in for three years, and she has grown up in ways even I can't believe........at the tender age of not-quite-21, she is already the training supervisor for her base's air traffic control tower, and is expected to make Corporal by this winter. She is responsible, hardworking, enthusiastic, ambitious, physically fit, and self-confident---NONE of which she was before she enlisted.
Yes, I worry about her being sent overseas (although she was in an MVA last fall and suffered permanent hand injuries, and now that she is also newly married and a mother-to-be, it's looking very unlikely that she'll ever go to Iraq). But I wouldn't want to hold her back, because she has become an incredible woman, and one of whom I am very, very proud.........and a lot of the credit goes to the Army.
I say, if you want to join the military, you should go for it! I'm sure your parents have many of the same concerns that my husband and I did, and your boyfriend is probably afraid you'll meet someone else. You can always tell him that when you go to boot camp, you'll be too busy (and too tired
) to even THINK about anyone else.......and it's the truth!
Good luck to you!