In another thread, you posted:
I am currently a second year family medicine resident. I have decided to give up my career in clinical medicine and I want to pursue something nonclinical. I do not have a MBA, MPH, etc. Plus I do not have an unrestricted license either. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to go to help find a suitable job to help keep my head afloat with my student loans?
Why are you giving up medicine?
Mainly personal reasons plus I really do not enjoy clinical medicine. I just wanted to see if anyone personally or knows of someone that decided not to pursue the clinical side of medicine and was successful. Only reason keeping me from changing directions is the loans.
It might help to have more background information. You haven't given many details, and if you don't want to that's OK, but it appears that what happened was:
- you were HPSP (or USUHS?) and left during your 4th year for medical reasons
- you left under circumstances that were honorable, yet the military billed you for your education, which they usually won't do if someone is medically discharged. Typically this means the discharge was deemed to be in the best interest of the military; e.g., administrative separation with an honorable discharge.
- you then completed medical school somewhere else
- you completed internship someplace
- now you're a family medicine PGY2 and are are leaving for personal reasons
Bottom line, it appears that the military paid for your medical schooling, which you ultimately completed and used (ie, internship and part of PGY2), and now you would rather go in another direction with your life. If that's the case, then it would seem the military has a legitimate claim to reimbursement. I would not expect the loans to be forgiven, nor does it sound like you have a right to have them forgiven.
There probably aren't public service options available to you, even if you finish residency. The government didn't loan you money for med school; the military paid for it, and the only service they wanted was your time on active duty. The military doesn't really need (or want) to negotiate a settlement or compromise with you.
That said, while student loan debt is not dischargeable in bankruptcy, this wasn't a "student loan" and it's possible that DFAS debt might be?
It would be worth your while to talk to a bankruptcy lawyer. Even if you don't file for bankruptcy, you'd probably get some more facts about the laws related to DFAS debt.