A little back story; at 18 I dropped out of college (it was boring as fuck) to join the Marines. Graduated bootcamp but had broken my foot during the crucible, it didn't stop me I just ignored it. The DI's fought to let me graduate and won, right before graduating I get told I'll have to recover in BMP before getting shipped to Combat Training. I continue to ignore my injury and start jogging to stay in shape, and it breaks even more. A new docter looks at me and says I have high arches, and that it wasn't waived so I really shouldn't even be there. The commanding officer (I think he's called) sits me down and gives me the choice of getting kicked out via ELS, or staying in BMP confined to my room for an unknown amount of time. I choose the ELS. Kind of a stupid reason to leave but I was young(er) and worry free, I'm going to school again now and am feeling the hardships of the economy. I want to join the reserves, to sort of keep one foot in the door....if that's understandable. The Marines, although fun and exciting, isn't really the kind of work I want to be doing. TLDR'rs start here; I'm currently looking into Coast Guard Reserves (because it seems as fun as the Marines, but I'll be helping the country over senselessly killing people...I don't want to go to war) and Air Force Reserves (because my dad has been enlisted for over twenty years, and it's easy as fuck.) I plan on moving to Seattle, Washington soon and the CG seems like it could be the best choice given the location. Any CG'rs in here? What can I expect as a reservist? Most of all, is it worth it? Some of the biggest reasons include insurance, tuition support, various loans I can take advantage of, the "coolness" of the Coast Guard and some extra money. My dad wants me to join Air Force, I'm not as motivated to join them; however it's such an easy job I wouldn't mind it. I've heard the Coast Guard is difficult to get into, is there anything I should know before contacting a recruiter? I know this was long, and there are lot's of questions. But I joined the Marines on a whim and want to be more informed this time. Thanks for any help!