Hi, I hope this post is appropriate here, if not please move it. I am considering a military scholarship for Dental School. Obviously, at this point I have no clue what specialty (if any) I might possibly be interested in doing down the line. But, I did want to know that if I was interested in a 'competitive' specialty down the line, would 1 year AEGD + 4 years experience in the Army Dental Corps be too much when applying. I see a lot of posts that many specialty programs are interested in at least some experience, whether it be a GPR, private practice, etc after dental school in order to get interviews. Would any programs consider an applicant who has five years of practice experience as a bad candidate in any form compared to a new doc who is 1 or 2 years out of school? It seems to me that such an applicant might be considered a good fit since they would have good grasp on the basics of General Dentistry and know what they want. I would also assume that any research type opportunities during the 5 year stint in the service would be beneficial if they were related to the specific specialty you are interested in.