Whoa guys, lets set down the torches and pitchforks! I'm here, I just wasn't expecting feedback this quick. I'm a mechanic by trade, with an Associates of Diesel technology, so the engineering side looks like a bit more natural for me. I'm looking at getting out of my comfort zone though, and I would PREFER to go into the deck side of things. My issue is still my EAS date and the start dates of the programs. The only program that I've found that (according to the academic calendar) starts a cadet class in Spring is Mass Maritime (which I've already started applying for also). At this point, I'm committed. I'm not ready to go back to "small town USA", and I'll go wherever I can, although I would prefer to go to CAL. Again, thanks for all the feedback, I really do appreciate all of it.
Sidenote (if it matters)- I spent two years stationed in Okinawa, and made two trips to South Korea via HSV, and one trip to Fuji. The rest was all just eating dirt either in the southern part of Oki, or up north at Jungle Warfare Training Center.