SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) I'm an Army ROTC cadet and I will be commissioning this spring. I applied for medical school this year and was approved for the educational delay which goes until Oct. 6. However, I have not received any acceptances. I applied to 20 schools and only received 1 interview which I got wait listed for. The rest, I was denied or still waiting to hear back from (at this point, I don't have much hope). I still want to be a medical officer however, if I don't get into medical school this cycle, for those who are current medical officers, are in the process of becoming one, or those who were prior service, what is your advice? These are the 2 options I have in mind- A: Go to the Reserves and improve upon my application and reapply for the 2013 cycle (I would not have a job, I would only be studying for the MCAT, getting more clinical experience)...and living with my parents to save on living costs. Pros- I would be focusing on getting into medical school. Cons- I would not be getting much real world experience because all I've known my entire life is school and studying. B: Go Active Duty and complete my obligation of 4 years, save money for a 1-2 year grad school program, and then reapply to medical school? Pros- making money, getting real world experience Cons- I would be 27 by the time I complete my obligation so 29 by the time I apply for medical school. I'd like to have a family too! Your input is much appreciated!