I was in the Air Force for 7 years and 5 months. Initially I joined to become a pararescuman, but upon my arrival to boot camp, I found out that my vision barred me from trying out. I was placed into the open-general pool and they gave me a dental laboratory technician job. It was an interesting job, but didn't enjoy sitting down hunched over a bench making teeth, retainers and dentures all day. Huge difference between what I wanted to do and what I was doing. What stimulated me to leave was a combination of wanting to get out of that job, my wife was(and still is)in the USCG and to see how I enjoyed school. I loved the military and Air Force, but not so much the job and thought that I may move far away from my spouse if two bases/stations are not close to each other--which is always a risk. I opted to get out early and have an Honorable Discharge with an RE-1J code.
Now, I am trying to join the Coast Guard, because while I was sitting in class, I just didn't like it and the prospect of doing this for the next 7 years didn't bode well. I missed having a mission and the military-type organizational structure. After becoming familiar with what my wife does, it's something that I would enjoy. Even as a non-rate, E-3, I would thoroughly enjoy my experience in the USCG. Plus, I enjoy the ocean and boats, so everything seems win/win. I am a little excited to go through boot camp again too, if I am selected to join.
I do have a small hangup, I am a little frightened by the idea that a foreclosure in my past might jeopardize my entry into the USCG. It occurred when I PCS'd from Alaska to DC and couldn't afford to live in DC with my family and pay for the house in Alaska. I bought my house before the market plummeted and could not find a buyer. Trying to rent it out did not work out and the cost-difference between what someone would pay for rent was not close enough to the mortgage to keep it afloat, especially when you started to consider the cost of a property manager. Almost a year later, the bank foreclosed on my house. I don't owe any money, and I've never so much as missed a credit card payment before and after, so I am hoping that is taken into consideration.
After talking to a recruiter, we did make an appointment to talk, so I am a little optimistic about being able to join. Hopefully, it works out.