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Need advice: should I become a Naval/Air force Officer in med corps?

I am a physical therapist with a post graduate doctorate. Recently I saw the movie hurt locker and was inspired to help my country when they need it the most. Currently I work in an outpatient orthopedic setting and work with pro athletes along with general pop. Pay is adequate, benefits are fair, but I have a lot of student loans and I cant afford to buy here in California. My girlfriend is looking to take a job in Minnesota or Florida and we could have a dual income of over 100K. I know the military will help pay my laons and put us up, as well as offer me an O-3 salary to start. I am 28 years old.

My questions are:

1) Is it worth it to be a military officer and work as a PT/ot/MD?
2)Air Force Vs Navy for best "lifestyle". Ive heard AF is a gentlemens club.
3)Which branch would I serve the men and woman best in?

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Re: Need advice: should I become a Naval/Air force Officer in med corps?

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Re: Need advice: should I become a Naval/Air force Officer in med corps?

i am sorry! but this is a stupid question.
If you meet the requirements to do a number of different jobs. You should ask yourself and only yourself, IS IT SOMETHING I WANT TO DO.

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Re: Need advice: should I become a Naval/Air force Officer in med corps?

You have a post-grad doctorate and you want to join the military?  You're going backwards dude.  One step forward, two steps back.



And you want to because of something you saw in a movie?



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Re: Need advice: should I become a Naval/Air force Officer in med corps?

You have to decide if military life is for you. Lots of people have joined after they completed college (I only know of one person with a doctorate though).

As for the different branches the one think is if in the Navy you could be assigned sea duty and I think each tour is 6 months or longer (not sure though). In the Air Force you would go back to your home (base housing, etc...) after your shift. Easier if the GF is going to become the wife at some point.

I pull for the Air Force as my dad was in the service for 23 years.
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Re: Need advice: should I become a Naval/Air force Officer in med corps?

This is a qeustion you need to answer on your own. But realize, your wife WILL NOT have the job in Minnesota or Florida that she wants, if she wants to be with you. I have moved 5 times in 10 years, and not one of them is anywhere near home or something my wife could take a Career and stick to it. Its part of the life.

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Re: Need advice: should I become a Naval/Air force Officer in med corps?

And even with 'base jobs' you're still probably going to get deployed occasionally. I have a friend in intelligence and he serves a tour about once every 18 months for 6 months right now. His other option is a year deployment every 18 months to a rear area (IE Qatar, Germany, etc), but that gets in the way of his and his wife's "having a family/making a family".

When you join the military your spouse is, for better or worse, married to the military as well. It sucks for job prospects for the spouse most of the time and, all though it has its perks, doesn't pay well if you are in a highly skilled profession. Arguably some of the people I know got their later high paying jobs because of skills they learned in the military, but most of them are making in the area of 2-5x as much in civilian life either as a DOD contractor or just working in a similar field as they did when they were in.

They lose the perks such as housing allowance, PX, etc, but the pay more then makes up for it for everyone I know.

Unless physical therapy is a much lower paying field then I thought it was, an O-3, which I imagine you wouldn't be starting out as, pays a heck of a lot less then you would working in public or private health. Heck look at getting a VA job if you want to serve service members, it doubtlessly pays more and no worries about deployments.

Anyway, back the family thing, keep in mind it might intrude on your family plans in a big way. If service is paramount to you then great, but EVERYTHING takes a back seat to being in the military, every single thing and you have pretty much no say about it.

The friend has a 2yr old daughter. He has spent about 9 months of her life deployed or on short term training deployments and they want another child, well he is spending (as of a couple of days ago) the next 6 months in Afghanastan so that is on hold. His choices were try to get his wife pregnant before he left and miss most of the pregnancy (including being helpful to a wife with a toddler and morning sickness, etc, etc) or come back and possibly have to leave again when his next child is maybe only a few months old. Oh, or he could have taken that 1yr deployment to a non-combat zone and had to put off having another kid for a year.

He loves what he does, but I hear constant complaining from him and his wife about how their family has to take a back seat to the military. It stresses their marriage as well. If you talk to most people in the military before a deployment most spouses 4-6 weeks in advance pretty much get sick and tired of their spouse who is getting deployed. Psychologically it is because they want them to go and start the clock on getting back. Whether you know why or not it stresses the marriage, you get agravated at your spouse easily, don't want to spend time with them, etc, etc. Tons of stress while gone as well. When back honeymoon period for awhile and then a lot of times start it all over again as they get lined up for another deployment.
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