Context: I came a hair's breadth away from enlisting in the Air Force in 2006, when I was 21. I did MEPS, got a 98 on the ASVAB, qualified to be a linguist and got a slot at the DLI. Unfortunately enlistees don't usually get those jobs, so I had to wait 9 months to ship. In the meantime I couldn't help but find a half-decent job that paid more, and decided not to enlist. I haven't spoken to a recruiter yet, but I'd like to pursue an IT job in the Coast Guard, for plenty of reasons. I'm a smart guy, just terminally unenthusiastic. My fear is that 24 is too old to dedicate 4+ years of my life to the military, probably not getting a degree until I'm closer to 30. Is this too much fail? Should I suck it up and get a degree the normal way, because enlisted life will be especially uncomfortable for someone as old as me? Does age even matter that much?