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I applied for the HSPS and in the middle of the process started having doubts but didn't want to limit my options and went ahead and submitted the application. I just recently got news of my acceptance into the program and I've decided I don't want to do it. I realized my main motives were finacially based and that isn't the right reason.
So any advice on how to tell my recruiter I don't want it?
 

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Don't sign the paperwork... simple as that.

Tell the recruiter to go screw himself... simple as that.

The application was just that... an application. It is most certainly not a legally binding contract to spend time in uniform.

Life's too short to worry about hurting non-essential people's feelings. And to make it easier: your recruiter works on commission (essentially) to get you into the program...
 

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dbutz02 said:
I applied for the HSPS and in the middle of the process started having doubts but didn't want to limit my options and went ahead and submitted the application. I just recently got news of my acceptance into the program and I've decided I don't want to do it. I realized my main motives were finacially based and that isn't the right reason.
So any advice on how to tell my recruiter I don't want it?

Agreed, just tell them you are unwilling to go through with it. It is still early so they can fill that spot.

I would like to point out though that recruiters are suppose to inform you and have you commit verbally during the interview to taking the scholarship should you receive it. So should you again change your mind and go through with it you will have to try with a different service and even they may not take you because of that. Still most that decided against it aren't going to suddenly change their mind again.

Do the pluses and minuses and decide, everyone gets cold feet, some act on it. Pick what is in your best interest, not theirs.
 

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Thanks for the advice. All of what you've said I needed reassurance on. He told me I have 10 days to decided. Is this correct or can I hold out longer to consider my options more carefully... Basically to go over it again.
One question also...If my internship, residency and potential fellowship takes longer than 4 years do I accumulate more years of pay back? This was one thing I wasn't sure about. Thanks
 

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dbutz02 said:
Thanks for the advice. All of what you've said I needed reassurance on. He told me I have 10 days to decided. Is this correct or can I hold out longer to consider my options more carefully... Basically to go over it again.
One question also...If my internship, residency and potential fellowship takes longer than 4 years do I accumulate more years of pay back? This was one thing I wasn't sure about. Thanks

My understanding is that if the military is not giving you financial assistance for the above things, you don't incur more commitment. You only incur commitment when the military is paying for something. Read some of the other threads on this board though, because getting your residency & fellowship when you want it is in no way guaranteed in the military.
 

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dbutz02 said:
One question also...If my internship, residency and potential fellowship takes longer than 4 years do I accumulate more years of pay back? This was one thing I wasn't sure about. Thanks

My personal impression is that the military would love to have you anytime and the 10 day "deadline" is just trying to pressure you one way or another now. They need physicians too badly for them to refuse you in the future if you decide you want to sign.

As for the quoted question, if you're on a 2 year scholarship your residency and fellowship may not be longer than 2 years in the military (this does not include internship), or you will incur 1 year of additional commitment for each year of additional training. If you sign, I hope you like 3 year residencies.
 

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dbutz02 said:
Thanks for the advice. All of what you've said I needed reassurance on. He told me I have 10 days to decided. Is this correct or can I hold out longer to consider my options more carefully... Basically to go over it again.
One question also...If my internship, residency and potential fellowship takes longer than 4 years do I accumulate more years of pay back? This was one thing I wasn't sure about. Thanks

They can barely give these scholarships away.....take your time to make up your mind....It'll be there when you want it.
 

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I applied for Army, Navy, and Air Force, got all three, went Navy. The Army recruiter (actually his boss, some E-6) called me up and chewed me out (literally -- said I wasted their time). The Air Force recruiters said I was making a mistake, but were otherwise gracious.

One more reason I'm glad to be in the Navy and not the Army.
 

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Trajan said:
I applied for Army, Navy, and Air Force, got all three, went Navy. The Army recruiter (actually his boss, some E-6) called me up and chewed me out (literally -- said I wasted their time). The Air Force recruiters said I was making a mistake, but were otherwise gracious.

One more reason I'm glad to be in the Navy and not the Army.

That's hilarious. Screw the E-6, does your phone not hang up like mine does? I would either have hung up on him or called his supervisor to complain that he was harassing me.
 
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