Now that I'm graduating soon I've been thinking about this a lot lately. Ever since I was young I wanted to be a Marine, and when I was 17 and graduating from high school it was what I intended to do. My parents had a different idea for me though-they wouldn't sign the papers and told me that I had to go to college (I wouldn't turn 18 until October of my freshman year), and I enrolled in community college. At first I hated it and as a result didn't do very well, but I decided to double major in history and political science with the intent of becoming a high school teacher. I know enjoy what I'm doing, but I still feel like I'm not doing enough by not serving, especially after 9/11. As a history major I'm well aware of the sacrifices people make for this country and I want to be a part of that. Now I'm 23 and will be graduating in May of '06. I still want to teach, at least for a while. I've also thought about teaching for a few years and then applying to the New Jersey State Police. Anyway, I'll be 25 once I finish my first year of teaching, so would I be too old to join the Marine reserves? My family is still against it, as is my girlfriend, but I feel like it's the smallest contribution I can make and that I need to make it. Are there any reservists on this board?