We old gray hairs with pot guts got no business playing like the young kids who aren't eligible for AARP. So, like you, I've personally got no desire to play in the sandbox. To the best of my knowledge, not a single forensic scientist in any discipline working in the JEFF or CEXC labs has ever been a victim of enemy fire, so I don't think it is that dangerous. Hardship living there for a year? Indubidubly. Long hours of tedious work? Most certainly. Sizeable financial reward? Absolutely. So for some, it's a good thing. For others, not so good.
All the best,
"Man was born free, but he is everywhere in chains." -- Jean-Jacques Rousseau