Hi guys. I hope this type of thread is posted in the right place, and is permissable. Ok, This is directed to guys who have served all the branches of the military, but I'm particularly interested in becoming a Marine reserve. (So I can start applying to Police Dept's now, not when I'm 30.) My father was a Marine, and that means alot to me, that's why I chose the Marines. Anyways, I'm obviously going to take your replies with a grain of salt, as ultimately this is a huge decision, that "I" have to make, but I want opinions from those who have been there and done that. Anyways, I'm 25 years old, working a part time job at a local gun store. I'm also an MMA fighter. I don't want to go back to School. I want to become a Police Officer in the future, and joining the military gives you additional points on Civil Service Exams, as well as giving me experience that Departments respect, and look for in candidates. These are my main reasons for wanting to join, honestly. I'd love to be able to say I served my country, but I don't want to go to war. I would if I had to, obviously. My dilemmas are, I'd have to leave my girlfriend of 4 years behind. We've been living together the whole time, so I'm extremely attached. I know this is something that alot of Military worry about. But, it would make for a happier and successful long run for us. I'm really close with my Mother too, who lives 6 miles from me. I can go through a local Police Academy, and go that route to apply for jobs. With that, I won't have the experience I'd have in the Military to offer though. Plus, I'll be honest, I'm looking forward to all the tactical training, learning to shoot the Marine way, and challenging myself in ways, like never before! That's like being on a damn S.W.A.T TEAM! Questions: In my position, what would most of you do? Have any of you been in a similar position? I know the Marines are going to war left and right, but what about reserves? Am I going to be an old fart compared to most guys in boot camp? Sorry about the length, and thanks for your replies.