I bet you can. Wait until some of the experienced military docs reply. But definitely don't rely on the above logic. In fact don't rely on logic at all.Ydangerzone said:After all, wouldn't everyone work for the Department of Defense anyway???
I wouldn't count on it. You can't use the Army as a convenient stepping stone to getting in the Air Force. The Army is trying to fill its own physician vacancies, not doing the legwork so you can just jump ship when the mood suits you. Each of the services has only so many scholarships to offer, and each has a certain amount of money budgeted for the HPSP program. If you think that the Army is going to spend its HPSP money to give the Air Force a physician, then you don't know jack **** about the military.Ydangerzone said:Are there any rules for switching services during HPSP? If you're taken on in the Army, can you transfer to the Air Force possibly?
The Army is trying to sign up physicians to take care of its soldiers, not take care of servicemembers in general. That's why you have to go to branch specific health care recruiters to sign up for the HPSP, instead of just going to some DOD recruiter. Think about it...how many physicians would be in the Army or the Navy if they could easily switch branches to the Air Force?After all, wouldn't everyone work for the Department of Defense anyway???
No rules...switching ain't gonna happen.Ydangerzone said:Are there any rules for switching services during HPSP? If you're taken on in the Army, can you transfer to the Air Force possibly?
After all, wouldn't everyone work for the Department of Defense anyway???
Even in the same service the military only guarantee's you'll be in the same geographical area not the same duty station. Like I said I know of USUHS students switching but not HPSP. I guess if 2 HPSP's got married and they were in different branches the military would say....TOUGH NUGGIES PAYBACK YOUR TIME THEN SWITCH....Homunculus said:The most common reason I see is marriage-- I haven't seen it in HPSP, but I have seen it at USUHS. The logic behind the switch would be similar for both-- if you have an interservice marriage you are going to have a hard time coming up with co-location options for residency.
Other than that, you've gotta come up with something good. Some classmates of mine while I was in medical school were denied a switch out of the Navy but they never had more than a snowball's chance to begin with.
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