To be an officer, 99% of the time, you have to have a degree. Now, i say that cause there is a loophole. If you have 96 hours of college, you "can" be commissioned, however you will not get past o2 till you complete your degree.
Now, saying that, Unless your in ROTC with a contract starting your junior year, even with a degree, you'll prob not become an officer (not counting westpoint, or other academy's). I know plenty of college grads, bach, and master's level, who do not come in as officer's, but as e4's. Reason, the army is getting ready to have a huge downgrade in the amount of people in the service. Enlisted points are changing, and peps are getting dc'd easier (some with loopholes as to not to have to pay for disabilities..aka, your non deployable, however your deemed able to work, you can get chaptered w/out disability that way).
Onto SF. Go 18x series, or...the equiv to 11b, but with the "guarantee" you'll at least go to selection. Selection is where all the 18 series come out of. Here's the catch that your recruiter won't tell you. MOST people coming into selection from joining and boot as 18x, will NOT get selected for Q course. Yea, it's crappy, but it's the way it works in reality. Reason why? You'll go to selection..do great, but at the end, you'll be told, "you don't know enough, not proficient enough, you need more time in service, your not leader material yet..ect. It's the catch 22. I've seen this with 90% of 18x's ++, and most will get put into 11b slots.
NOW, if you can go to RIP (ranger school), you'll stand a higher chance of going to a ranger bat, or other specialty company like a LRS unit (like I am, and no, i'm not 11b or 18x, i'm the lovely medic
), go airborne, assault, pathfinder...ect. With that, and some time, then go to Selection, higher dchance if you pass it, to get selected for Q course, and become 18D...or whatever you want to be. A big reason why SF is so picky about new comers, hard to promote someone who has been in nothing but a training environment to a true 18 series class,... which are ALL NCO, when you have had VERY little leadership, and to be honest, you'd prob fail a board so fast, your head would spin around.
Just my 2 cents though. Right now, i'm just counting my days till i get to come back to bragg from this hell hole called afghan.