Everyone on this site has been SO wonderful and helpful. Studentdoctor.net has definitely been one of my main info sources while learning about military medicine and HPSP. So I've gotten into the Air Force and signed a letter of acceptance (my recruiter says I won't get the actual contract until after my background check is completed). AF is my first choice, although I applied through the Army also (and haven't heard from them yet). Before I sign the *final* papers with the AF I have some remaining questions. 1) Deployments - Based on information on this site, it?s clear now that when the AF recruiter says deployments will be not more than 60 days every 15 months unless waived, this information is false. For how long and how frequently should I expect do deploy? (I?m not saying I don?t want to deploy, I just want to know what I?m signing up for.) My recruiter also says that AF doctors are currently still using this regular deployment schedule ? is this false as well? 2) IRR -My unofficial contract and AF recruiter both say that I will server my IRR time after my 4 years of active duty payback. The Luke Ballard website (AF) says that IRR time is usually served concurrently with med school ? so has the policy changed? I will be considered active duty reserve during med school. The Army recruiter told me that if I do a military residency than the time served in military residency will count toward IRR. I am planning to go AF, but am just wondering if this was true (since it definitely will not be true for me in the AF). Also, have doctors been called up from the IRR during the current situation in Iraq? Recruiter claims AF hasn?t called IRR since 1947. 3) AF recruiter says that the AF is a safer choice (however safe you can be while on military deployment) bc they don?t have front line hospitals. He says there are no AF doctors in Iraq, only Army, but that AF will go everywhere else. Is this true about Iraq? (My parents would like to hear that it?s true, but I will do what I have to do?) 4) Pregnancy - How does this work? Recruiter says I will get 3 weeks. What happens though during the end of a pregnancy if I wasn?t well and unable to work? (although I have no reason to anticipate this happening?) Would this time be tacked on to the end of the 4 yr obligation? My recruiter says no problem bc you get unlimited sick days, but this seems VERY hard to believe. 5) I heard somewhere you can get paid more by the military if you speak a foreign language. Any chance this applies to docs? (I majored in Spanish in college!) 6) If I failed a class and had to repeat it, how does HPSP handle that? (hopefully this would never happen but I was wondering!) I imagine I would have to pay for it, but are there any other unforeseen repercussions ? besides looking bad for residency? 7) Matching - I want to go into emergency medicine. I know from this site that EM will be a hard match, particularly in the air force. The captain (super nice, lovely nurse) who interviewed me for the scholarship looked into this and left me a message saying that last year 20 of 24 people who applied for EM got it. While that totally sucks for the 4 who didn?t get it, that?s a match rate of 83% - which overall doesn?t sound as terrible to me as I was anticipating (based on what I read here.) Do you think those #s are accurate? I realize that number is much lower than the 97% match rate the AFIT website boasts? 8) Matching - Military residency is my first choice, but if it came down to civilian deferral for EM vs. no EM, I would want to do the civilian deferral?I know the Army has the unofficial policy of granting civilian deferrals to people who don?t match with the military in their first choice specialty. Is getting an AF civilian deferral highly unlikely? Are they known for not giving them? 9) Matching - Is it current policy in the AF to reapply for PGY2 training and beyond? Someone I know in Army HPSP was just told by a visiting colonel that the Army is getting rid of that policy and now you can just sign a form during first year to continue on ? does AF have any such policy in the works? If I am specialty training and don?t match for PGY2 and I was doing a transitional yr, will I be a GMO? If I was doing a transitional year and I didn?t match, would I then be a GMO also? I read that the AF doesn?t really use GMO?s anymore, but I can?t see any other end result for these situations. 9) I?m Jewish and wondering if any of you have come across other Jews doing HPSP. (This has no bearing on my doing the program, I?m just wondering?) THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ANYONE WILLING TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS!!!! Sorry for the long post... I am very excited about HPSP and the air force. I think it is a real opportunity for me. Even if I get answers I don?t like to these questions I plan to do the program, I just want to know what I?m getting into. Thanks!