GIJared, welcome to the site! I'm in the military as well. I'm in the Navy. I agree with both Hoshiko and Clem. you WILL become bored with 250 CC bike. REALLY quickly. Plus you have to have that power to get out of sticky situations, if they arise. I would get something with ATLEAST 600 CC's for a first bike. Not too much power, but enough for when you need it. I just did the Experienced rider MSF course about 2 weeks ago on my R1200R and it was a blast. Excellent low speed stability and I actually scraped a peg for the first time on this bike! scared the **** out of me because I hadn't done it yet with this bike! I would reccomend getting this used R1200R. what I tell everybody is that " It's all in how much you crank that right wrist back". You control how fast you want to go.