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    how do you become a doctor in the army?

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    hi everyone

    i am just curious how to become a doctor in the army?

    does the army pay for med school and lving expenses until you graduate?

    what if you have dependents, will they pay you enough to support them?

    thank you
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    I think Doctors come in already doctors and Commision in. ALL AD Doctors are officers.

    I know my AD doctor commissioned right after receiving his medical degree and first state license. he is a LT Commander.

    the PA I see is a civilian under contract to work at the base clinic-
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    I was going to say, I believe they come in commissioned, therefor would already have their degree. Unless you can get a scholarship to the navy academy, AF academy or somewhere like that (and I don't know if they offer medical programs), you will have to find other ways to pay for your schooling


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    I've heard of the military paying back your med degree debt if you sign for an amount, when they are in need of doctors, but you have to jump through hopes and such.
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    You can do it through the HPSP scholarship. Here is the website for army:

    HPSP Scholarship | GoArmy.com

    Also, if you look at the student doctor network thingy you can get a lot of good info about the pros and cons.

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    Are you considering this for yourself, or for your DH?

    The pay is the same as any other officer of the same rank. You can google to see those, but typically you become an almost automatic O-3, I believe. There may be a small special pay on top of that (not sure), but if there is I doubt it is very much. Then you'd get all the same allowances any other service member gets, like BAH (housing), etc.

    I don't think this is typical, but the only person I know who became a Navy doctor was already an officer and had put in about 6 years, and he got picked up to transfer into a medical billet. They sent him to military medical school.

    My best guess is, if they do pay for your med school, then you are going to take on a lengthy service obligation, as that is how it typically works for any expensive training the military gives. They give you a degree, you owe them at least X years, to make it worth their investment in you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by villanelle View Post
    The pay is the same as any other officer of the same rank. You can google to see those, but typically you become an almost automatic O-3, I believe. There may be a small special pay on top of that (not sure), but if there is I doubt it is very much. Then you'd get all the same allowances any other service member gets, like BAH (housing), etc.
    They get several bonuses. The total will depend on their specialty.
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    It depends.

    If you have the degree already, they may back pay your loans and accept you as an officer.

    Or you can attend school with your GI bill and go that route. Which s what my husband is slowly doing.

    I don't know the ins and puts but it is possible from any angle.
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    This website has some info on the pay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HisByzantineLove View Post
    It depends.

    If you have the degree already, they may back pay your loans and accept you as an officer.

    Or you can attend school with your GI bill and go that route. Which s what my husband is slowly doing.

    I don't know the ins and puts but it is possible from any angle.
    that is what my husband is going to do too so no clue about the rest
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