Originally Posted by rotatores
ButÖIím glad SDN has this forum for both the pros and cons of military medicine (although it APPEARS the cons definitely outweigh the pros) b/c it definitely will help weed out the future complainers!
I gotta disagree here. Everybody is happy during the first 2-3 years of med school it seems. Most of the discontent that some people have would start either after med school or residency. Keep in mind, this is not everybody. Really, nobody seems to complain at all when their classmates are racking up 200K+ in loans and they are getting a monthly stipend in addition to having their education free. The complaining usually starts after this "honeymoon" period.
Regardless, at least the people that come on SDN can't say that they weren't informed.
Now, if we are trying to push the thread back in the right direction...
1) Care for the most compliant/greatful/giving population
2) Deployed pay, while not making up for being away from the family, is definitely an added benefit (i.e. No Fed Taxes, Still get Base/BAH/BAS in addition to Per Diem, Family Sep, Hostile Fire Pay, Save Pay)
3) Commisary/BX/Fitness Center access
4) In some parts of the country (mostly the midwest), active duty members are still respected (Seriously, I would like to kick the living sh*t out of all those Berkeley protestors)
5) No malpractice/practice/overhead fees
6) Paid medical insurance for yourself and dependents
7) TSP (While there is no match, it is still pre-tax dollars with pretty good historic returns)
8) GI Bill (Once again, another plug for this...If you are eligible to sign up, do it, even if you already completed residency)
9) Deployments breaking up the monotony of office/paper work
10) BAH being adjusted for area of country that you are stationed
11) Probably, most importantly...Service to country
All I can think of for right now. Maybe we can get this thread back on the right track?