I pondered the Navy, but ended up in the Coast Guard. My grandpa had been a Port Security Officer in the CG Reserve from the 50s- late 1970s and my dad was an Army aviator. Unlike the Navy, the CG sends the majority of their newly minted Seaman Apprentices straight to the fleet, small boat stations and shore units (from basic training) before going to “A” school. Service life can be difficult. I endured toxic leaders at my first unit and that experience basically led me to decide to get out after 4 years. But, I did get to live and work in Alaska and later the Arctic. I ended up being one of the last people to ever work with LORAN C Electronics. The service will give you a maturity and work ethic that will extend far beyond your service time and will likely be unmatched by your peers. You’ll also gain lifelong friends. I’m very thankful I was able to serve and would do it again, if I could. I’d encourage you to look into the Coast Guard. They need good, dedicated, people to help save lives and property at sea.