Recently a whole list of things have brought me to look into Nat'l Guard as a way for finishing school while serving 1 wkend / month unil i'm done w/ school (possibly being deployed somewhere after, which I'm fine with). My parents and I have all looked into it and we have a family friend who is a recruiter we've been talking to also. I've been to the recruiter's office a couple times already and am going to take the AVSVAT (sp?) test tomorrow. You can check out this thread if you want some back story and if you still have questions just ask. http://forums.offtopic.com/showthread.php?t=3834720 The only real downside I see right now is I'd have to be gone initially for like 4.5-5 months. Which would be fine with me except that I have a boyfriend here that I really, really like. I'd like to leave ASAP for basic training to be able to go to school again in January. My real question is... after dating 7 months, is it unreasonable to ask my boyfriend to stay and wait for me when I probably won't be able to talk to him very much (esp in the first 8 weeks or so) and certainly wont be able to see him for pretty much that entire time? Some of you might think it's crazy for me to do this but I really feel like it's what I need to do to make sure I have a secure future... I'm a pretty spiritual person and for some reason I feel like this is what God has lead me to do... So whether or not I SHOULD go isn't really the issue here... it's whether or not it's reasonable to ask my boyfriend to stay together while I'm gone. What do you guys think?