is it a good idea to take 2 years off school (i'm sophomore now) to enlist as a pararescueman in the air national guard (they're commandos who are trained in paramedics)? and i'm asking admission wise. are undergrad jobs such as paramedic, combat medic... more desirable to the medschools than volunteering at a local hospital? how about vs research (though i plan to do that later on as well)? and do any of these EC's give more privileges than being a minority (i'm not one)? for clarification, i obviously chose pararescue for different reasons than described enough, just want to know how med schools look at it, if i ever decide to go there. are comp. science classes considered as "science courses"? what subjects cover the mcat precisely (i know it's bio, chem, phy, but what are the actual course descriptions or textbooks relevant to the courses)? assuming i get a very high MCAT, but my gpa is low (though i may be doing real well in math/bio), will i have a good shot at getting interviews because of my EC's (pararescue)? what do you think of the following schools for me: nyu, columbia, suny stony brook, u syracuse, and dartmouth? i know of others as well, but any info you could say about the unique admissions perks at these schools? thanks a lot! p.s. i'd like to be an orthopedic surgeon or a dermatologist.