Originally Posted by EMH
Your commitment clock starts from the day you sign. You have an 8 year commitment of which 6 must be spent in an active drilling status and the other two can be spent in active drilling status or IRR. This is assuming you don't take advantage of any additional programs that increase your obligation (STRAP, loan forgiveness, speciality bonus, federal tuition assistance).
The current policy says that you won't be deployed until you're done with your residency. There is absolutely no way the'll deploy you before you're done with your internship. The odds of them deploying you during residency are quite slim IMHO. It's not good for the Army for several reasons. I would count on them getting at least one deployment out of you at the end of residency. Don't do this thinking you'll get by without it.
I'm not worried about a deployment I just did not understand how they could deploy you if you time ran up before residency ended. For example, 3 years of school + a 5 year surgery residency. You would theoretically be done once you finished residency, correct? So would it be safe to assume that in this case, you would probably get deployed during your residency? Or would you be able to do a deployment once you finished, extending beyond the 8 years?