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I am a sophomore with a 4.0 gpa. I know I want to go into the medical field probably as a pediatrician. I not sure how to become a pediatrician or if I want to go with the military. How do I become a doctor through the military and how do I become a doctor through regular collage?

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if in USA, u can not go to military and 'become'
a doctor.
u can get education assistance becoming
a doctor IF u sign up for Military service
as part of payment . 4- 6yrs contracts.

if in USA, to become a 'doctor' require a B.S.
premed figure 4-6yrs education costing
60,000 - 100,000$.
then u get to apply to med school.
costing 125,000 - 175.000 Plus cost
of living 45,000 - 60,000.

do your research as 'doctors' have decades
of debt repayment. incomes are becoming
limited compared to yrs b4.
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You can't just become a doctor in the military. What you CAN do is allow the military to pay for some or all ofyour medical schooling. That's a bit different. Joining the military as a college student will allow you to be an officer--you can do this one of several ways: through ROTC, through the Marine Corps' Platoon Leaders Class program, or through the ROTC scholarship program. THEN--after you have put in your active duty time and completed your obligated service, you may have enough money to apply for med school. If you try to apply for med school through any of the above-mentioned programs, you may indeed get accepted, but the military won't put you in the medical corps as a doctor--with one exception. The Army DOES have a program to help pay for med school, for those who have applied and been accepted, OR for those already IN med school, with additional active duty as the obligation for the cost recoupment. Sometimes this is also a reserve obligation. However--medical school is quite demanding--and you may not be able to handle both a military obligation AND your studies, despite your having a 4.0 GPA now. How you handle this once you complete college is going to be up to you--and what you can afford to do and what you can actually handle, course-wise and time-wise. And there is always that military obligation to consider. When you joing the military, you are not doing it so you can get schooling, get funding or get a title--you're doing it because you serve your country--and that ALWAYS comes first. Becoming a pediatrician will mean four years of college, four years of medical school, and then several years of interning and specialization after that--you may not have the time and energy to devote to a military lifestyle during this time. Another thing to consider is that there are very FEW med students who are brought into this Army program--and pediatrics won't be one of the specialities they will want to recruit. Although certainly military families have children, the Army would rather recruit a doctor that will benefit SERVICE MEMBERS--not necessarily only their children. The demand will be extremely low for this specialty. Talk to your local Army MEDICAL recruiter about the opportunities. Do NOT just talk to an enlisted recruiter about this--they may not have the correct information, and may also try to sell you on an enlisted (not officer) career--which will not benefit you in the field of medicine in the military in any way.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with enlisted recruiters or careers--but they do not lead to commissions, and they do not lead to careers as doctors. Doctors are all officers. I can also tell you that the programs that are available are EXTREMELY competitive--and they only take in the absolute cream of the crop. And the Army is the only service that does this--though some doctors are Air Force AND Navy personnel, neither one of those services has a full-ride pay program for doctors or nurses like the Army does. Recruiters will tell you that you CAN become an officer as an enlisted person--and that's true--but the program takes YEARS to ensure eligibility. And it's also very competitive and not the easiest way to become an officer. Before you sign, ask the hard questions--and don't sign until you get satisfactory answers IN WRITING (i.e., guarantees.) Because once you're in, you're obligated by law.
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I can't agree more with Christine K I was in the United States Air Force years ago.

It is extremely difficult, if not possible and almost unheard of to see an enlisted person being sent to medical school while they are in the military. I personally did not know anyone. However, I knew two persons who work in the medical laboratory who were sent to the physician assistant school.

They were extremely smart and they were good people getting along with everyone and worked very hard. A few years later they became physician assistants and of course they got commissioned, as well. It has been so long ago and I'm sure by now they have retired.

She is quite right about pediatrician not being there most wanted type of specialties. I'm guessing if not correctly that surgeons will be what they most desire. I am not implying that you think this way but many people think that going into the military and they will pay for everything you need. It goes both way we do have active wars around the world and if you get call for deployment, you cannot "decline" the order.

I have heard of a few airmen and officers in the Air Force who suddenly became conscientious objectors. They were quickly discharged (kicked out) from the service. It really ruins their record for the next employer (think about it it's okay to take, but it's not okay to give when they are needed.)

So the commitment is real and once you sign the dotted line, you can't get out of it. Truly consider what you are up against before jumping into it.

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