I'm also working on getting more sea time. I have almost enough days to get my Captain's License, and once I have that and feel ready (another year or two) I am going to join the Coast Guard. I love the responsibility and pride that comes with doing something difficult and worthwhile, and I am at my best when in charge of a group of people. Being a badass/authority in the eyes of the public isn't bad either!
I will stay a coastie for at least 4 or 5 years until they'll pay for almost all of my education, at which point I'll decide whether to study something maritime and possibly retire at 40, or pursue higher education in something related to bio-mechanics, electrical engineering, or social/evolutionary psychology. I'm setting myself up to have plenty of doors open when I have to make the big decisions, as I don't feel like 19 is when I should be deciding what to do with the ENTIRE rest of my life. :P
I have this dream/desire of moving to Denmark and either working in their Naval program (which is much more about national/public safety than any warlike bullshit) or doing research in my chosen field. Look into it, I bet you'll find that (by and large) Denmark's cultural beliefs and policies are pretty fucking neat!
Also, I believe men and women are pretty much the same, and 95% of the differences you observe are due to culture. I guess I'm both a feminist and an MRA, but both groups seem angry and one sided so I hesitate to label myself as either. I think that makes me an egalitarian, but sex and gender is something that I care a lot about and have strong opinions on.