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credit for graduate work

Discussion in 'Military Medicine' started by tomplatz, Apr 5, 2004.

  1. tomplatz

    tomplatz Member
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    When I was signing up (USAF) I asked my recruiter if having a masters degree would make me an 0-2 during med school. He called AFIT and he told them (so he said) that all HPSPers w/o prior experience were O-1's. But that I should get 2 years credit of time in service or time in rank because of the degree.

    I get the feeling I got hosed. Anyone know how this works? How I should try and pursue it?

    Thanks
     
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  3. cdreed

    cdreed Senior Member
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    I'm pretty sure what your recruiter told you is accurate. All HPSP recipients (regardless of prior service status) are O-1s and receive the same benefits while in med school. I have friends with graduate degrees who were O-3/4s prior to med school. They were subsequently demoted to O-1 once they matriculated.

    You may, however, rank up faster once you graduate.
     
  4. edmadison

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    But, the master's degree must be directly related to medicine. I didn't get squat for my law degree for this reason. This is called contstructice credit (or in my case non-credit)

    Ed
     
  5. tomplatz

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    Who would I take this up with, the Air Force personnel center?
     
  6. edmadison

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    For Army HPSP they actually approached us and gave us all the details. I don't know how the AF does it.

    Ed
     
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    When I was a Navy Corpsman we had a GMO who was a LCDR for the 2nd time! He had been a pilot and made it to LCDR, then went to USUHS as an O-1 all over again. So if you think you had it bad, this poor guy took one hell of a pay cut!!
     

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