Anyway, I have a brother in the national guard, so I know alot of what I would have to do and none of that bothers me (except being away from my family), but he doesn't have a family and he is on active duty in iraq, whereas I only want to join the reserves, so it's a little different and he can only give me so much advice. I guess my questions are...if I just join the reserves, will I get paid enough for it to matter? Will I get good benefits? I'd also like to go back to school...will they pay for it, or do they just say that? My brother didn't get the sign up bonus or living expenses that they promised him until nearly 6 months after he started...I don't have that long! I've looked at their site over and over trying to make up my mind but of course they're not going to tell you all the bad parts of joining...lol. I also don't know what I would do with my son yet...his father works too so he can't watch him during the week and I wouldn't let my family watch him for all the money in the world. Any advice from anyone who has been in this position? Thanks!