Hey all, I've been reading these forums (and other information regarding military medicine and graduate medical education) over the past year, meaning that I've sorted through the pages of pros and pages and cons, so don't worry, I'm not a total noob and you don't need to talk and explain "GMO" to me slowly Anyway, I'll try to keep it sort and provide details as needed. I'm a rising senior in high school, and as a 17 year old I had a great opportunity to be an intern at a hospital where multiple ex-Navy docs work (San Diego, CA here, for what it's worth). I've gotten an earful of pros and cons from them too, and they're a diverse group on their own (some did HPSP, one did USUHS). Ultimately, it's the "us-us'er" that convinced me (or rather, inspired me) to fully pursue the University for my medical education (in his field of radiology, no less). I guess what I mean to ask is, is this a reasonable course for my life? I know it is hard to plan out decades ahead into one's life, and be expected to have the willpower to maintain it, but I do very well in high school now, and so hopefully I can put that towards my credit. My plan is as follows: 1 more year of high school 4 years of the US Naval Service Academy (or another 4 year university if I could get sweet financial aid there) If service academy, then hopefully defer the 5 years active duty until later in my career USUHS time (7 years) my intern year, plus, if they don't phase GMO tours out by then, I'd like to be a DMO (being in San Diego, I've met friends with SEALs in their family, so I've known the Coronado Gator Beach pretty well by now ) radiology residency (4 years active in residency, then another 4 years for the commitment) and finally, a civilian (since there are no military ones, I believe) fellowship for neuroradiology (2 years) with the tag a long 2 year commitment. I believe that, assuming service academy, then I'll be leaving the Navy at the ripe old age of 51, and if not a service academy, then I'll be 49. Am I correct in that analysis? And also, is there anything that can be said about my path choice? As I mentioned, I'm attempting to not rehash an old topic, instead trying to use research of my own, but if anyone can offer me specifically tailored advice, I would highly appreciate it.