Hey there! Yeah its pretty tough I want you if you are joining to really think is this the right thing. Im not saying i regret my decision because i have alot of fun and some really good times down at the station but my family is and always will be number one in my heart and i feel that i cannot be one hundred percent commited to that while i am away so much. I know though that its all in my will power and i will accept no less then for them to come first. Im sure this is alot eaiser for single people joining. Part of the problem is that i was a stay at home mom for a year and then went straight to this. I found out yesterday that you cannot go active to reserve so i am just going to make the best of it, and while i am in i am taking classes through the Coast Guard Institute so that i can get a Bachelors Degree in Education and an Associates in Criminal Justice that way when i get out i am guareented a good job with good pay.
Erin Smith- By the way, yes I am going BM LOL! Right now I am just a non-rate but I am working towards striking BM. If you have any questions about what its like to be a non-rate in the fleet or about boot camp please feel free to ask!
Thankyou all for you advice I really appreciate it!