My apologies for intruding upon your forum un-announced and un-qualified, and my thanks for your service to our great nation. I am hoping that you can provide me some advice and guidance from the unique point of view that only people with your experiences can. Long story short, I am 29 years old, will be 30 in April. I am considering seriously entering the armed forces. It is something that I have considered on and off for my entire life. I am most interested in intelligence/counter-intelligence, investigative services (i.e. non-civilian CID/NCIS, etc.), military police, and (way long shot, something I thought of when I was younger and more reckless), combat arms. But- I don't know what branch I should be looking at, given my advanced age. I have a strong desire to serve my country, make a difference, and help others. Having worked in corporate America for about six years now (I have a BA, and work computers and law at a law firm in NYC), I feel I'm not "making a difference". I think that the Guard and Reserve are out, based on the fact that (a) my current employer is not military friendly and deployments these days are not exactly "set" and (b) I'm married to a great, supportive gal that I don't want to leave in the lurch in that way (I'd rather be active duty and know that she's at least getting my pay/benefits to take care of her while I'm away). I am hoping that I can get some guidance on what branch I should even be looking at; I'm pretty sure I should be looking at OCS/OTS, but I keep seeing conflicting info on the various branches' websites and have heard some strange things from recruiters. I thank you all for your time in advance, and wish you well. Keep the faith, and stay safe. Regards, BD Wanna kill these ads? We can help!