I am an off contract Marine (I did my eight years, five AD, three reserve) and have been considering a return to AD for a while now. I came off AD in 2005 prior to the creation of MARSOC and when I recently learned about it and did some research about it, I was really excited about. I never tried out for Recon because I never really was at a place in my AD career to do so, and it wasn't quite as exciting to me then (I learned a lot about SOF since coming off AD). I think my chances of success are much greater now as I am much more mature than I was then. Now however, I am married with kids. My wife loves the military life (she experienced a little while I was a reservist). The Marine Corps is not currently accepting prior's back to AD except for MARSOC (critical MOS). When I told the recruiter I wanted to try out for MARSOC, he looked at me as if I were crazy and questioned me (since I have a family). From what I can tell, SOF units are close due to their size, even their families are close (to other families). I don't mind being deployed but I would not want it to be 300+ days/year. Some places I read that it is 3-7 months out and then the same time home (which isn't really much different than any other MOS) but other places I read that any SOF operator is always gone. Am I crazy to want to try out (basically selfishly abandoning my family for my career) or is there still a credible family life for the MARSOC operator?