It seems this forum generally has three types of members: 1. Seasoned military physicians who have been there, done that and think the whole thing is SNAFU. 2. Doe-eyed pre-med/HPSP'ers who think military medicine is all fine and believes group number one has borderline personality disorders. 3. Pre-meds/HPSP'er who are thinking "WTF did I get myself into now?" and are considering dabbling in a same-sex relationship or self-multilation to get out of their commitment. I haven't seen too many current AD physician types (or any for that matter) on SDN waving the flag for military medicine. With that being said, I must share a brief encounter with a patient that occurred this morning. He was a flight surgeon who had originally came in the Navy over 10 years ago, then got out to pursue fellowship training. He practiced several years as an interventional cardiologist and decided to come back on active duty because he missed the comaraderie of the Naval aviation/FS community. He also missed the sense of adventure and the pride that comes with service to country. I know that several of the super posters are cracking open the cartons of electronic rotten eggs and are going to pelt this thread with comments such as "He must have been a malpractice magnet" or "what an idiot", etc. However, I thought I'd try and give some hope to those out there in group number 3 before they put the rainbow sticker on their car's bumper.