Originally Posted by SexyMariGal
I just got a letter from the Navy about opportunities in medicine and becoming a Navy Physician, lol. I'm not sure why they sent me this letter, since I'm not interested in medicine, but there is something interesting in there that I wanted to ask if anyone knows about, and if it applies to the dental corps.
The paragraph says, "Discover a new paradigm in medicine be becoming a full-time Active Duty Navy Physician. Or pursue your current career with the advantage of serving part-time as an Officer in the Navy Reserve - committing to as few as two days a month and two weeks a year with opportunities for additional service and pay."
Does anyone know what the commitments and responsibilities are in regards to being in the reserve? How many years are your contract, and do they offer loan repayment programs? Do people in the reserve also get deployed? It doesn't seem like it would be a good thing to do if you have your own practice, since you can't just up and leave your business and patients if they tell you that they need you to be deployed.
Also, it sounds like the reserve thing would be for after you finish dental school, unlike the HPSP where you choose and commit before starting school. Are there any other loan repayment options and commitments that you can choose after you finish school? And what are the details and incentives for those?
From your posts it really looks like you're worried about ever deploying... just be aware that any military commitment of any kind makes that a possibility.