- Mar 15, 2010
- Pharmacy Student
Is anyone here a military reservist and attends pharmacy school? Is this even possible? Know anyone that has or is?
It depends on what career field you are in- some career fields deploy more than others. I was a pharmacy technician for 6 years active duty and 1 year reserves- not once did I have to deploy. I am Air Force. They usually choose active duty first, then they go to reservist to fill those slots. People jump at the chance of deploying, because they want the extra money and benefits that comes along with being on active duty status while deployed. Yes, there is a chance, but it depends on what branch of the military you are in and your career field. My husband loads bombs on the B1 and he has deployed once in 7 years. They deploy alot. I am going to IRR status in a month and I am not worried. Only if a world disaster hits when they MIGHT call me back. I read somewhere that you can opt out of it if you are in pharmacy school, for example. I have experience.I know a guy that was in the reserves and in pharmacy school. You are taking a serious risk by doing pharmacy school while in the reserves because your chances of getting deployed are very high and the fact that you are in a program like pharmacy school does not matter to Uncle Sam. My friend dodged getting deployed by moving to the IRR (Inactive Ready Reserves) but that's only like putting a bandaid on a crack in the Hoover Dam. You still have a target, so to speak, on you to get pulled and deployed eventually. If you want to get money to help with paying for the tuition, look into the ROTC program. They always have booths set up at every APhA convention trying to get people to join. They will help you with some of the tuition, but not all. You also will get a monthly stipend to help with living expenses, which is nice. I believe you will only owe about 4 to 6 years to the government after graduation, but don't quote me on that.