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7+ Year Member
Apr 23, 2006
Auburn, AL
Pharmacy Student
I was researching USPHS for a career when I finish school and I was wondering if anyone here has any experience with this program. I was checking to see if they had any scholarship programs like the regular military, but I'm unable to find anything like that. Anything you could share would be great.


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5+ Year Member
Apr 20, 2007

may be helpful.

Call the contact on the site if you'd like more information. There are scholarships where they pay about $30,000 towards your final year of school, and you pay back 2 months of service for every one month paid. You start as an O-3 Lieutenant. Your final year of pharmacy school, you would be an O-1 (Ensign). You can review the pay on any military site.

And depending on your sponsor and their need within BOP, IHS, FDA, etc... you may or may not receive additional monies. I am not exactly sure of this, but you would also be entitled to certain benefits (health, etc) with their SRCOSTEP scholarship.

Here's the disclaimer part:

As with any sort of scholarship, review the pros and cons of joining before you commit. USPHS is a uniformed service, so there are extra responsibilities beyond pharmacy (disaster preparedness and support, Federal pharmacy laws apply, UCMJ - only if stationed with the Coast Guard or a similar service, no facial hair, wear a uniform, etc.). Everyone I know to have been in the USPHS have liked their careers. But it's not for everybody.