I have been speaking with my recruiter about what it takes in the Army to be a trauma surgeon. I understand that in the civilian world you go through general surgery and then a fellowship in critical care surgery. My recruiter has told me that you get enough trauma experience in the Army in residency that I pretty much would be a trauma surgeon afterwards. Can anyone confirm this? I have heard of civilian general surgeons taking jobs as trauma surgeons, but I don't know if they can really call themselves trauma surgeons. I have read though, on this forum where someone said a few years back that the Army would send you to do a fellowship in civilian, critical care surgery. That leads to my other question about Army fellowships in general. I was told by my recruiter that the Army is the only branch that if you do a fellowship you wont need to pay that back. Can anyone confirm this? I assume if this is true, that a person would not be payed your salary from the Army, but a normal civilian salary, and thats how you would not owe any extra time. But I have also read somewhere that BAMC does have a critical care fellowship. So if you went there you would end up owing back another 2 years ( plus the 5 for residency) for taking a fellowship in the Army? I am confused lol.