First I just wanted to say (especially in honor of Veteran's day yesterday) thank you for your service
As far as the CG method and putting your hair up, the main thing to remember is to be as gentle to your hair as possible, to avoid breakage and frizz. I'm not sure what the rules are in terms of how you're hair has to be put up, but you may be able to still do much of the same hair style you do already, but using different tools (for example, cloth covered hair bands instead of regular elastic bands). Wearing your hair in a ponytail is fine, you just don't want to pull it too tight from the roots. If you can tell us the specific requirements for having your hair up, maybe some people can suggest specific styles/tips.
As far as brushing is concerned, you want to avoid brushing your hair when it's dry (again, because this can cause breakage and frizz). The best time to detangle your hair is when its wet and is covered with conditioner, and most curlies prefer to use either their fingers or a wide tooth comb.
2c/3a, botticelli/wavy/'swavy (huh?)
fine, dense, normal porosity/elasticity, dry climate
My favorite brands are Kinky Curly, As I am, Curly Kinks, Curl Junkie, and Darcy's Botanicals. Also love sealing with oils (loving argan oil right now) and styling with jelly products (KCCC is my current favorite). Mostly trying to keep it simple!
CG since 12/29/2011