Posted on Oct 15, 2016
PV2 Breann McWilliams
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Air Force generally makes things a little more difficult to get what you want. I assume that is why you chose to enlist into the Army (possibly for s medical MOS)?

Another option is also to stay enlisted during your undergrad. If you go to ROTC you are not guaranteed your component or branch. You will commission into something other than medical, and then request a branch transfer. Before I commissioned I was considering Army Social Work. For that one for example if you Google "Army Social Worker Fayetteville," their website has the MILPERs for the accelerated graduate school and explains how to get in as either civilian, enlisted, or officer. Regardless of how you go about it, be proactive on medical applications (for all options to include Army scholarships / or programs that pay you Active Duty pay while attending). Also keep in mind that you can apply for medical schools for all branches of the military, from any. My recommendation would be to focus on the most direct paths to medical, and apply for all of them that make sense. Also ask the ROTC ROO's about what your path to medical would be if you joined their program.

At the end of the day a doctor in the military is a doctor in the military. I wouldn't worry too much about Army vs. Air Force.

One young man that I helped join the Army wants to be an optometrist. He joined the Army Reserve as a Medical Laboratoty Specialist and received 56ish college credits from George Washington University (a ranked medical school, not just vocational credits). For him, he is staying enlisted until he can go to Optometry school (and chose Army because we guarantee MOS). It made sense for him because a junior enlisted Soldier has a lot less time responsibilities than a LT, and with the Wisconsin GI Bill he isn't paying a dime for his school, even as a Reservist.

You just have to follow your heart and find the path that will make you a doctor (or whatever you are trying to do).
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The USUHS program
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Navy. ;)
Plain and simple.
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The Navy covers the Marines so that is true. I worked with Navy Captains as Doctors and Navy Lts as PAs. I am Army but Navy has good opportunites too.
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