Exactly, it isn't about declaring a winner on what is the right course of action as there isn't one; depends entirely what the individual wants at a given time. I recognise the merits of going straight into service even though i did the opposite of that, amazing opportunities in both. In both cases though it is a case of what you put in reflects what you get out- your daughter obviously has the determination and potential to go far and the navy was the correct environment to nurture that in (as well her upbringing ), similarly my ex was in and was in the mindset that he hated it and never took advantge of what service life could offer, same deal with students. For some people myself included i felt what i wanted to do was uni first and then embark on a naval career, if i finally get in then ill take the opportunity with both hands and have no niggling regrets, which i personally know i would have otherwise. Without knowing what is going on inside OP's brain anyway it is impossible to give tailored advice haha.