Originally Posted by coffeeeandtea
This is with particular regard to the Navy, but if you have a similar experience with another branch I would welcome your response too.
I'm currently a 2nd year in the Navy HPSP with a 4 year contract, about to start 3rd year. Right now I'm debating whether or not to try my hardest to get a deferment, or just to do a 4 year GMO and then be done with my obligation so I can go on to do a civilian residency.
I'm thinking about going into EM or Anesthesia right now (although that could change once I finish my 3rd year core clerkships). I've heard that it's easier to get a deferment for EM, but that EM/Anesthesia will get deployed most often.
What do you all think?
Just to clarify a point for you. There is no "try my hardest" to get a deferment. You ask for it and they say yes or no. You can lay some ground work by talking to the appropriate specialty leader (they decide who gets one) but aside from that, it will be based on need for that specialty and your academic record. I doubt you will try less hard to have a good academic record if you were not trying for a deferment, so that point is moot. The rest is outside of your control or influence.