Well it's been two years since retirement and I figured I'd drop in for old time sake. Some of the older members of this forum will remember me. First, being a physician outside the military is exponentially better. Secondly I work way harder but I'm way more satisfied and far more supported. I have to acknowledge that I am where I am because of my military time which allowed me to actually get some skills that others in my community don't have. In my situation I would've done it again but if I were a medical student today there's no way I would do it. My main reason for recommending not joining is this the abhorrent quality of leadership in the current Army environment. I know I've said this before but it isn't cream that floats in the army it's ****. There is no loyalty to subordinates, no leading by example and ethics get lip service only. I did 23 years of active service, deployed twice, was a battalion surgeon made some significant changes to the entire MHS and was recognized as an expert in my field. I never got into trouble and always tried to set the example, by carrying the same or more clinical load as everyone in my department as Chief till the end. For this I received no end of tour or retirement award, neither did two other Colonels retiring with me, one of them was the head of medical education/GME and the other consultant to the Surgeon General. I am a bit bitter as my experience lead me to conclude that the physician is really nothing more than a employee in the minds of the current leaders. For those of you still in or joining I complement you on your service and asked that you fight against the inertia that tries to deprive service members and their families from quality care. PS for any of you USUHS people, I'm still not getting any of my retirement money for the time at USUHS. I've been waiting almost a year for them to process my pay inquiry. They can always hurt you a bit more. I'd also like to point out that while I have a medical center in my area I exclusively receive my healthcare in the civilian sector.