So I left Amazon in March and started with a 3PL (3rd party logistics) managing a warehouse. Over the past few months I've really grown to loath warehousing and the "need it yesterday" mentality of it all. This company is a mess and doesn't want to hear the experienced advice they're paying for, so I've been looking for a new job. But I just don't think I'll be satisfied at even the best warehouse. So I was thinking about a career change. I've wanted to learn to weld for years. According to every article I can find, it's becoming more in demand every day and the average age of welders is just rising (currently 57). Due to lack of an available school or scheduling conflicts, I've never learned. Prior to my journey with Amazon, I was actually enrolling in a commercial diving and underwater welding school in NJ. I probably have less than a dozen hours under a mask, but I really enjoyed it and seem to pick up the basics really quickly compared to others. There is a school nearby, but it is a large time commitment every week. Would be very difficult to work full time and attend classes. So here's what I'm thinking, and I'd love opinions and experiences from anyone willing to provide them. I'm thinking of joining the Coast Guard Reserves. They have a position called a "Damage Controlman" that is basically a jack of all trades. Training would include welding, oxy-fuel gas cutting, firefighting, carpentry, plumbing, watertight closure maintenance, and shipboard damage control, among others. This would provide some training in fields I'm interested in, allow for health benefits, and CG reservists are more likely to be called up and deployed to a disaster vs a warezone. I enjoy being a boots on the ground humanitarian, so this would be a bonus for me. After I return from training, find work to pay the bills, but attend the welding school, up my skills, and get all my certs to start in a new career. Please rip my ideas apart and make me defend them.