Hey guys, I've been accepted to 2 dental schools so far. Because of the expense, I'm seriously considering (with reluctance) a military scholarship. To tell you the truth, a private loan really makes me nervous- I can't imagine paying over $2000.00 for student loans every month for 20-25 years! Here are my concerns: 1. Can you share more of your good/bad experiences in the military? 2. Do you (meaning dentists in private practice) feel pressure to recommend procedures to your patients that aren't 100% necessary in order to make your payments every month? (I'm not asking whether you feel the need to rip people off....but rather do you feel pressure to 'sell' and does the busines of running a practice force certain decisions? 3. Is it feasable to pay off over $250,000 + interest in the real world in 10 years, vs. 4 years in the military? As an associate in private practice? Can you work 80-90 hours/week as a dentist in private practice right away after graduation? 4. Is there something the armed forces not telling you? If you've taken the health professions scholarship, I'd really appreciate if you'd tell me your experiences- both good and bad. So far on this site, I've heard a lot of the bad. 5. 2 students take military scholarships. One attends NYU, the other attends a state school. How can they both owe the same amount of time? Will they be treated differently in the military because one obviously has an incredible $ amount to pay back? Will this affect the other's choices in terms of advancement/ specialty training? I appreciate any responses. Thanks a lot.