Hey folks, Lately I've been wrestling with a bit of a decision. Should I try and get a deferment for a civilian surgical residency or should I just do a Navy residency and suck up the long years in the Navy? I'm really torn. And it's probably because I have no clue what it's like to practice in Navy medicine. I suppose I'll get a better idea of it as I do my clerkships this summer, but I just wanted to ask people what they thought of teh pro's and con's of a Navy residency. One of the big pro's that I thought was the fact that I could likely pay down most if not all of my education debt while a Navy resident. Since I ended up paying for college + living expenses at med school, I'll be pushing over $60K in debt. The larger salaries seen by Navy residents compared to civie people would really help out there. Otherwise, I'd have to forbear on my loans and then start paying them off when I begin as a Navy attending - with a higher balance due to interest accumulation, all the while making the not so big bucks to pay it off. What do you all think?