Good day to all! I am the newest member of the forums. I've been looking into the military for about a year trying to find the right fit. This process has actually been very difficult since each branch is more diverse than I imagined and the entire officer/enlisted and active/reserve dynamic further complicated things. I've narrowed my choice to the Coast Guard Reserve or Navy Reserve because the USCGR seems like a tight family where professionalism is very high but no one is above having some fun and the missions are so diverse and really exciting while the USNR has a few ratings that directly translate to my civilian career/education so both the Navy and I could benefit from the training and my current skills. I'm leaning toward the USCGR, however, because the drills sound like they are not monotonous and there are a few more stations I can drill at compared to the USNR. Plus it sounds like USCG Reservists actually do work within their rating instead of spending drill doing medical and paperwork reviews which is a concern I have had about the USNR.
I started the process as a heavier guy (29 years old and 5'10/230 lbs.) but I have been working really hard to lose it (I am at 191 lbs. now). I have not yet taken the ASVAB but I'm sure I will be doing so in the very near future. I saw the listing of Reserve vacancies in my area (D9-Chicago) and while there are not many, there are some! I'm here on this forum to learn as much as I can so that I will understand what is expected of me from the USCG during the recruiting process, boot camp (maybe DEPOT if my degrees and work experience can get me there) and during drill. I also plan on absorbing as much information as I can about the various ratings and their career progressions and their training/qualifications. I am also looking forward to reading through all the Reservist threads, networking with future peers and finding out a little more about being a Coast Guardsman in the Reserve.
I am excited and nervous at the same time. I know the balance between work/drill/family will be difficult but I believe the personal satisfaction from serving will see me through it. And yes, I do know that is a selfish reason but that is one of the reasons why I want to join - to know I did it.
Thank you all for the opportunity to be a poster here. I'm looking forward to it. Have a great day!