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Do military veterans get any preference?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by asilvey, Sep 27, 2001.

  1. asilvey

    asilvey Member 10+ Year Member

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    I am a veteran of the US Marine Corps(4 years) and have served 6 years in the National Guard since then while obtaining my B.S. Do ADCOMS show any preference for veterans? Surely this looks good, at least...
     
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  3. emedpa

    emedpa GlobalDoc 10+ Year Member

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    Taking an Away team....
    did you serve in a medical capacity? if so, you're golden...
     
  4. asilvey

    asilvey Member 10+ Year Member

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    I served in the infantry in the Marines, and as an administrative specialist in the Guard. I wanted to be a medic in the Guard, but, at the time I enlisted, the medic specialty was closed. Any thoughts?
     
  5. Austin

    Austin Junior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Thoughts?

    (1) Either you live in East Bumf*ck, or your guard recruiter lied to you.. either way, not a big deal, but it just sucks. Just about every area has 91B (now 91W) spots around, and if they are full, the Guard can double or triple 'slot' (the 104th Med CO (AA) in MD has something like 15 Flight Medics for 5 'slots'.)

    (2) Infantry rocks. Light Infantry: We hide, with pride!

    (3) I don't believe there is any institutionalized veteran's preference (ala the Civil Service test) but it doesn't hurt you in the slightest. The experiances that you've had in the Corps demonstrate discipline, commitment, and a whole bunch of other good qualities that admissions are looking for (that anyone is looking for, really.)

    So you should be all good, assuming you're one of those few Marines that can both count to ten (no using hands!) and write your own name. :)

    Austin (U.S. Army, bay-bee..)
     
  6. Teufelhunden

    Teufelhunden 1K Member Physician 10+ Year Member

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    Hey devil dog, when were you in? P.I. or San Diego? I was in from 89-95; 1371 Combat Engineer. Anyway, to answer your question...it depends. Some people, especially within academia have some pretty wild preconceptions about the military - and Marines especially. People whose only exposure to the Marine Corps was "A Few Good Men" may not have difficulty seeing a Marine as a compassionate, caring physician. A friend of mine who was an Army Ranger had a terrible interview experience - the interviewing doc saw him as some 'killer.' Anyway, my experiences were mostly positive. Many of my interviewers thought that my Marine Corps experience was an asset. Anyway, good luck. If you have any questions, feel free to email me directly.

    Semper Fi!
     

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