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Sparda29

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How many of you guys plan on going into the military after finishing up school? I am seriously considering it because I would be over $300,000+ in debt by the time I'm done, counting undergraduate, medical school, and residency. The military would pay for a nice chunk of your bills.
 

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There have been many threads about this, search for them, and also read the Mil Med forum. The general consensus is that if you're only doing it for the money, then it's a terrible decision.
 

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Are you talking about only doing military for the money? Medical school, I just love solving puzzles, mysteries, and diseases (kinda like your buddy House).

Military, it looks great on a resume, money back for loans, get back into shape after gaining weight in college and medical school. But, not for the government, I totally disagree with the foreign policy of this country. We have too many unnecessary alliances.
 

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Ok, I´ll bite

The military can seriously affect your chances at matching into a number of specialties (though it can also help with some, especially if you´re willing to do a GMO tour first). It´s not a good deal financially unless you both go to an expensive private school and then match into a lower paying specialty like IM (in which case it´s actually a pretty good deal, at least financially). The work enviornment is several kinds of unique that I´m not qualified to comment on yet, but several members of the milimed forums are qualified and have commented. Doctors are not protected from deployment, and have to move as often as every other officer. Many doctors are forced to put off their residency and serve a GMO tour, which means they do a 1 year internship and then start practicing. The amount of time their residency gets put off can be anywhere between 1 year and the length of their obligation. See the milimed forum for more information.

There are also several positives, or at least I think so (I´m doing Navy HPSP), but from what I´ve heard if you´re not at least going in as a patriotic idealist it´s probably going to balance out on the negative side of things. Most of all, make sure you understand every detail of what you´re getting into before you sign the papers. I think a lot of people feel bitter after they joined because they´ve been ´lied´to (they won´t waste a doctor on medical recruiting, so medical recruiters are not particularly well informed. Well that might have been true in the past, but now all the information you need is right here on this forum. If you sign the papers and then are surprised at what you signed up for it is now officially your own danged fault.

Also, this post is a palimdrome
 
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