(I realize this is in the "Resident Forums" section, but I can't find another Military Medicine heading. Please direct me towards a more appropriate forum if I'm lost.) I'm about to graduate from undergrad and commission from ROTC into active Med Service Corps. I have my med school application set and am relatively competitive, but I'm unsure if I should apply right now. I did not opt for an ed-delay because I am set on doing some time in as a line officer. I would ideally like to maximize the time in service before med school but not run past the stale dates for MCAT scores, coursework, etc. That means I would apply in 2013. I requested and received a later BOLC date (Oct) to allow me time to apply and at least get a few interviews in before my time starts. How readily (and with what timeline) would the MSC release me to go to med school knowing I was coming back as a doc? If I don't apply now, how feasible is applying to medical school while on active duty? Should I: 1) Apply now and defer matriculation 1 year 2) Apply in 1 year 3) Apply later out than 1 year (retake MCAT, potentially have to take a post-bac course) Thanks for any answers or advice. I cannot get solid answers from my cadre or the prehealth advising offices at my undergrad or medical schools I'm looking at. Additionally, my PMS has told me that I cannot contact my branch manager as a cadet, even as an accessed cadet who will pin on his bars in 2 weeks. I don't want to step on any toes now, but I also don't want to go into BOLC having already have stepped on toes by not clearing things with the branch. Any advice?