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Neither my husband nor I served in the military, but our middle child has wanted to do his part since he was small. He was a swimmer in high school; once he settled on Navy, aiming for rescue swimmer sounded sensible.
At some point in boot camp, he figured out “rescue swimmer” sometimes means “Somalian pirate shooter.” The kid is more of a hug-it-out kind of guy, so he asked for something else and got Machinist’s Mate on a submarine.