Greetings! This being my first post I would like to give a brief introduction about my self and say that I'm happy to join the Ethical Hacker Network. Well to start I'm a 20 year old male thats currently enlisted in the United States Air Force working as a jet engine mechanic. I've currently done 2 years and a couple months of service and have about 3 ½ years to go until my enlistment is served. Now that I've done all my training, got the certs that I need, and things have finally came to a steady pace for me I'm looking at getting setup for a future career in what I love most. For the past couple of years I've been very interested in various areas of network security and ethical hacking. I've picked up several books that I have either read and/or just skimmed threw for brief knowledge. These including various “For Dummies” series and a couple that aren't being; visual basic 6 for dummies, visual basic .net step by step, hacking for dummies, rootkits for dummies, visual basic .net for dummies, and visual basic 6 core language little black book. I've also picked up a couple C and C++ books while I was in high school and learned a little of both languages then but I'm no expert in any programming language. I'm looking at starting school at the university of phoenix online and pursuing a bachelor of science in IT and information system security. Before I enroll in the school I'm trying to learn as much as possible and wasn't sure what direction I should go or if even getting the degree is what I need for this career field. To be honest I'm not even sure how much money I could even expect to make following this career path. I love everything about network security and ethical hacking from programming to penetration testing. I even find the computer forensics interesting along with cryptography and virus research. So basically I guess what I'm trying to get at is that I'm trying to find the correct path to jump start a career some where in the world network security! Also I was curious if any one knew if when you get your bachelors in IT and ISS if any of the certs are tied into the classes or if I have to take addition classes outside of the university. Well I appreciate and help/information provided and thanks for letting me join the network!