These are good suggestions especially #2,4. My objective was never to pretend I was an actual soldier. I had thought pretty hard about the USAF Reserves for a while and still might sign up. I'll have to research more about it. I think my biggest hesitation is being put in with standard ground troops when I'm highly trained in engineering. Is the Air National Guard too pussy? don't worry about that, not everybody is sharp end. the benifits you gain from serving, from being part of a bigger organization, from putting your own ego aside to serve a group goal - these are things that you get whether you are an infantryman or a air controler. but you may be suprised, you might find something that you really enjoy. also, every infantry unit has an engineering team - I don't know exactly how it works in the US, but every IDF battalian has an engineering team, adn every brigade has an engineering company. that is a very cool job - when an army needs to move someplace they need to clear the roads, build bridges, etc. just an idea, but that might be an available option.