Note: I am going to be matriculating next fall. I've narrowed down (and am confident of) the specialties I see myself doing to psych, rads, IM, and path. I'd like to start next year. Last week, I spoke to my state AMEDD recruiter about the Guard, and he said they were looking for flight surgeons and field surgeons only. He said 3 of the 4 specialties I am interested in are not able to perform those jobs. If I were to go into one of those specialties, psych/rads/path I have questions about my options. The recruiter said I should look into the reserves, but I also heard the reserves don't always drill in the state they live in. How is the drilling location for reserves determined? Another big question was about HPLRP. If I am not a flight/field surgeon, how do the benefits work? I have seen people referring to a critical shortage list, where does this tie in? Do those specialties even get benefits in the reserves? Also something that looks like a possibility-starting with the guard, training in flight school, and then switching to the reserves. Has anybody switched over that could elaborate? The AMEDD officer said flight school length was a year full time but I am not sure he understood me; is it really a year long?