Since it's about that time to begin scheduling out the rest of my 4th year, I have a few questions that a number of you may be able to answer. Currently, I am scheduled for ortho ADTs at 2 Army MedCens (August/Septmeber) and am planning on scheduling my home institution sub-I during the prior July. Thus, my questions is this: for the month of October, should I schedule an additional 4th year ortho sub-I at a civilian institution that I would love to go to, or try to go to a 3rd MedCen for some face time?? My goal with residency is to get the best training possible and if that happens to be in the military, then so be it. However, with the discussions that constantly consume this board, it appears that better training can usually be obtained in the civilian world. With that said, how many Army ortho deferments are given each year? According to a prior thread with the 2007 Army match results listed, it appears 37 people applied for ortho, with 19 getting military spots and 18 "not matching". How many of those 18 were awarded deferements and how many were forced into another specialty/transitional year?? If there is a slim-to-none chance of me receiving an orthopedic deferment, then I would rather not waste a month doing a civilian sub-I when I could further increase my chances of matching my specialty of choice within the military as opposed to getting forced into something else. Anyone have any advice, words of wisdom, previous experiences, or anecdotal stories that would pertain to my (and I'm sure many other's) situation???