I've been doing research about life as a part of the national guard. I'm thinking about joining. I'm 26 I just graduated college and started a great job that pays really well. However, I've always wanted to experience military life. If I can't join full time I thought the guard would be a good way to do this. I know that there is the possibility of deployment somewhere and I'm ok with that. In fact I would look at it as another adventure.
I guess my only problems are with the commitment. I'd rather quit my job and have less of a commitment then not be able to say no to something over an 8 year commitment in the guard.
I like to travel out of country for vacations, I also travel out of state to visit my family which is spread out all over the US.
The things I'm excited about are the challenge of basic training, learning about guns and warfare, meeting new people, and getting help with my student loans!
so my real question is do you feel restricted by joining the guard? Do you feel like you're constantly planning your life or weekend trips around guard duty? Are you afraid to move because of paper work or obstacles transferring to another unit out of state? Is this something I should worry about?
I'd like to do this while i'm still relatively young so I think now is the best time for me. But the same personality that is getting me to join (trying new things and adventure) might be the reason I'd want to leave...and that would be a problem.
I appreciate anyone's input.