I will be entering med school next year and am considering signing the AF HPSP papers... and am generally optimistic about having a military career: my parents are both civilian doctors, so perhaps I'm hyper-aware of the downsides of the 'normal' medical career and willing to forgive the military some of its flaws. I can see it working out for me... hopefully I'm not horribly wrong. Anyway, I am hoping to go into neurology, or maybe psychiatry, and was wondering whether I should anticipate difficulties with the match. How likely am I to serve as a flight surgeon/GMO? If I have to take this route, and do my time as a flight surgeon, will I be able to try for a neuro residency again afterwards, or will my options be to either leave the military and start over in the civilian world, or to go into aerospace/preventative medicine program? I will be 22 years old starting med school, so the former wouldn't be the end of the world, but I don't think I'll want to be denied my specialty of choice forever. Alternately, if I had on hand the money to pay back the AF the scholarship and stipend, and I didn't match as desired, how difficult would it be to 'buy myself out' and terminate the contract then? If anyone has statistics on any of this, that would be super... otherwise, any insight is appreciated.