Before anyone asks, I have searched the forums prior to asking this question, but it seems that if anyone else has posted with this kind of question I've missed the thread. Anyway... Here goes: As I stated earlier in my introduction (posted about five minutes ago), I'm a prior service sailor. Did one enlistment as a Master at Arms out on NAVSTA Everett. I'm currently looking to get back into the service. I've been dealing with the Navy for the past five months now, but due to their increased downsizing, its been a pain in the butt getting anywhere with the process. Five months now, and I haven't even been up to MEPs for my Medical screening. So, I turned to the Army. Unfortunately, the Sgt I spoke to there said due to my prior service, and the fact that I got out as an E-4, I have no options besides the Reserves or 18X. Now, this is what I have to ask: I'm not a SF kind of guy. I just don't have the passion to be such a highly trained operative. If I had, I would have gone SEAL or SWCC instead of Master at Arms, while I was enlisting with the Navy. However, I've heard from two different Army recruiters and my best friend (a newly-graduated Green Beret) that I can go in, complete OSUT and Airborne, and then drop my contract before SOPC, and be re-assigned to either a basic infantry unit or an Airborne unit. I know that this is looked down upon within the SF community and I mean no disrespect, but let me explain my current situation here. I'm not eligible for the Air Force or the Marine Corps due to my extensive tattoos, and the Coast Guard has an impossible waiting list. A year ago I decided to move down to Savannah, GA with a friend and start fresh. That all went to hell. I won't go into details, because they aren't necessary, but I had to end up sacrificing all of my savings and sell my car just to survive. Therefore, I'm pretty much in a bind here on the civilian side. And to be honest, I miss the military like hell. It was the one thing that I did well. I miss the hard work, the camaraderie and the feeling like you accomplished something great at the end of the day. Yes, I had my moments of bitching, but what service member doesn't? Overall, I loved my Active Duty experience. I have no intention on going to the Reserves. The program I enlisted under with the Navy was called National Call to Service. For those of you who aren't familiar with such a program (which has ceased to exist, as I've been told), it had you serve two years on Active Duty and then two years in the Active Reserves. Upon enlisting, I was told by my recruiter that I could submit a request chit and extend my active duty service if I ended up enjoying it. However, upon getting to "A" School, most of my instructors laughed, saying that it was almost impossible to extend at that point in time. I learned this the hard way once I hit the fleet and actually sent in my extension request. Even with my chain of command's recommendation, I was still denied extension and sent to the Reserves. I won't go into detail here - as not to offend any Reservists - but I hated the Reserves. Compared to Active Duty, it was slow paced and completely disorganized. So, I'm weary of choosing any other Reserve programs. I want Active Duty, and if it means using a "unorthodox" method of achieving that, I'll do it. I need to know the risks I would run if I were to choose 18x merely to go Airborne. It is - at this time - my only feasible option to see Active Duty in the Army. And God knows I'll be waiting a year or more given the rate that the Navy's going. So, I'm kind of between a rock and a hard place, but before I make such a step, I would like to hear advice from prior or current Green Berets. Once again, I know that this isn't exactly the most honorable route. However, any constructive advice would be welcome.