a little background info and why I want to join. I am 23 years old and having a hard time getting the money for school. I have a decent job right now, but not anything that I would like to pursue a career in. I have to work full time (50-55 hours) to pay for everything. I'm trying to pursue a medical career, RN, but I'm in the position where I can't just drop my job and goto school. I'm making $36k a year right now, which definitely isn't providing a comfortable living, but I am getting by, just very unhappily hence my reason to do something I think would be enjoyable. I've been considering the coast guard for years now, it just sounds like something that I would actually enjoy doing. I've just had worries about going out to sea for long periods of time, worrying about the income not being sufficient, etc. I've spoke to the recruiter and he said the periods out to sea can vary by what you're doing and that job placement isn't guaranteed. I'd just like to hear how people actually feel about it. I don't know one person in the coast guard, so it's all a mystery to me.