I'm interested in what any Marines (since there is no such thing as an ex-Marine) think of my situation. This issue has really been on my mind. I came to the US from Canada a few years ago. I've always wanted to live in the US since I was a teenager. I absolutely love this country. I have a very good paying job and a job I like (on occassion). I'm not married, nor do I have kids. I've always been interested in serving in the military. My first choice would be the Marines. I don't want to join to get money for school or a trade. I want to serve for three reasons: the US is a country worth fighting for, it would challange me in an entirely different way and I think my personality would "mesh" with a military lifestyle. Here is where things get interesting. If I want to join, I've got to do it this year. I'm getting on in years (I'll be 30 this year), although I'm in good shape (lots of cardio and weights). I can quit my job this year, but if I stick around until next year, I can't quit for a couple years unless I'm willing to pay the company back a substational amount of money (~$30K). So it's a decision I've got to make in the next few months. Another thing is that I'm not a US citizen, so I can't be an officer and I would be restricted to infantry and related MOSs (which is fine with me). One benefit is that I would be eligable to apply for US citizenship in a year or two, versus my current situation where I would have to wait at least 5 years. It would be a major change for me, but I also don't want to look back in 10 years and regret not doing it. Comments? NN Wanna kill these ads? We can help!