So, I've been reading extensively on these forums for the past few weeks about the HPSP. I understand the current state of military medicine is in decline (in some of your opinions is in a state of disrepair worse than the CA public school system, haha). I've sort of set my sights on military service at some point in my life and have decided it would be good to do so as a physician. A few questions: 1) Why is the AFHPSP so competitive? What is it about AF quality of life that's so much better (their residency hospitals don't look that great and their tours seem to have just been extended to 6 months for physicians)? This is really my only question about the AF I'm sort of seriously looking at the Navy, however. 2) What are the odds of the GMO ceasing to exist by 2012? 3) Is it possible to go straight through from the FYGME to residency (specfically to IM)? 4) Is it possible to become an FS after completion of residency? I really like the idea of being an FS, but the extra money from a specialty would be appreciated. If things worked out in my convoluted plan I would go Navy with a three year HPSP straight through from FYGME to the remaining two years of an IM residency, do 3 years as an FS (6months training, 2 years FS, and then spend the last 6months on base applying for cardiology residencies and use my terminal leave), get out, and become an interventional cardiologist. Is this possible? Thanks for any response and I hope not to cause any arguments about milmed.