Here is my situation . I am currently applying to schools. I am a strong candidate who might just might get into a place like UPENN or Hopkins. As of now I am interested in international/ public policy medicine. I.e., I see myself getting a MD/MPH then getting into infectious diseases. I would love to work with the federal government in bio-defense, work with the CDC, or work with the WHO. Now of course things might change but above is loosely my 'dream career' in medicine. Now, since the kind of path I am describing is probably not the best paying path in medicine, I am a little worried about money. This is where HPSP comes into play. I have been told by many people to succeed in my above-described idea; it would be best if I went to a super-nice private med school. This would put me massively in debt. I am willing to bet that the Army has awesome infectious disease programs. I can imagine myself doing a fellowship at Tripler, seeing ever-weird disease that every soldier contracts in the pacific basin. Moreover, God only knows the crazy stuff I would get into on active duty. The Army has places like Fort Detrick where all they do is bio-terrorism/ bio-defense. The Army is moreover the militant branch of the CDC. If there is any ever serious public health threat, the host country routinely invites in the Army who will work with organizations such as the CDC and WHO. Not only am I beginning to think that the Army will be my solution financially, I am thinking that my time spent in it would help the career I envision for myself. Please correct me if I am wrong? Am I totally wrong about the kind of possibilities I would be hoping for in the army? Would all being an infectious disease person mean is that I am stationed in Germany treating soldiers with VD from their trips to Amsterdam? Or would I get deployed into essentially the front line of public health issues in the world today? Oh yeah it's worth saying that I would love to be in the military. I am athletic and would be proud to be part of the defense of our country . Thanks I really need some advice .