Did you know the US has two uniformed, civilian organizations that assist the active duty military? One of them is the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) which provides search and rescue, a Boy Scouts-like Cadets program and aerospace education. CAP is officially designated the Air Force's auxiliary to be used only for peacetime activities. The other civilian service is the Coast Guard Auxiliary (CGAUX). The CGAUX provides boating safety, inspections, search and rescue, among other things. You can also become trained as a watchstander to relieve a full-time Coastguardsman so they can focus on the military and law enforcement functions they only they can uniquely do. One requirement to join is US citizenship and the ability to pass a Personnel Security Investigation (PSI), so I can't join the CGAUX for a while until I get citizenship but I think it might help me scratch the service itch since I'm medically disqualified from both the military (scoliosis) and police/reserve police (less than 20/20 corrected vision.) Anyone ever joined CAP/CGAUX?