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Heard USNA c/o 21 had their service selections today or sometime this week. Anyone know how they went? Also does anyone have any input on how service selections went for them? Love to hear your stories!
 

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Swimmerwannabeplebe2029- there is a thread about 2 back from yours with the percentages of distribution amongst the communities that were assigned today. 81.6% received their first choice with 27% receiving Naval Aviation; 25.% % Marines; 25.5% SWO and 13% Subs.
 

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From the Naval Academy:

“Congratulations to the USNA #Classof2021 on their service assignment notifications! Roughly 95% of the 1st class midshipmen received their first or second choice community. Look at the breakdown below! ⬇️
 

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I'm just curious if anyone knows if the 12 that are going to the Medical Corp are all going to med school or are there other medical options?
 
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I would be curious to know of the 12 in Med Corp which option they choose - civilian med school or the military route. Each with pros and cons....
 

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I would be curious to know of the 12 in Med Corp which option they choose - civilian med school or the military route. Each with pros and cons....
Much will be determined by where they get accepted.

At USUHS, they are on active duty with full pay, allowances (including the tax-free BAH housing allowance) and have all the benefits such as TRICARE. They start out right away “student doctoring” at Walter Reed NMMC.

At a civilian medical school, I believe tuition, books, student health plan and a living stipend are provided, and they are in inactive Reserve status.

Of the sponsor mids in our family who have gone the med school route, it’s been about a 50/50 split. There have been those who have gotten into a top tier med school and knew that was the diploma they wanted hanging on their wall. One sponsor son got into several fine schools, but elected to go to USUHS for the financial stability and benefits. Of course, USUHS is also a fine school. He married his fiancée right after USNA (2% club, had been together since they were Senate pages) and knew they wanted to start their family in medical school. The student health plan did not include family (I don’t know if that has changed), but as an AD officer, he and his family had full free TRICARE coverage.

The USNA coaching group for these selectees has a pretty good idea of where their MCATs, USNA degree and GPA will get them in.
 

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Much will be determined by where they get accepted.

At USUHS, they are on active duty with full pay, allowances (including the tax-free BAH housing allowance) and have all the benefits such as TRICARE. They start out right away “student doctoring” at Walter Reed NMMC.

At a civilian medical school, I believe tuition, books, student health plan and a living stipend are provided, and they are in inactive Reserve status.

Of the sponsor mids in our family who have gone the med school route, it’s been about a 50/50 split. There have been those who have gotten into a top tier med school and knew that was the diploma they wanted hanging on their wall. One sponsor son got into several fine schools, but elected to go to USUHS for the financial stability and benefits. Of course, USUHS is also a fine school. He married his fiancée right after USNA (2% club, had been together since they were Senate pages) and knew they wanted to start their family in medical school. The student health plan did not include family (I don’t know if that has changed), but as an AD officer, he and his family had full free TRICARE coverage.

The USNA coaching group for these selectees has a pretty good idea of where their MCATs, USNA degree and GPA will get them in.
Always chock full of knowledge! Thank you!!!! Stay safe!
 

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Academy grads who go immediately to med school have truly hit life’s lottery.

USUHS in Bethesda is a world class medical education with courses not offered in many civilian schools.

The best medical school is the one in which one is admitted.
 

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Always chock full of knowledge! Thank you!!!! Stay safe!
When I was on USNA staff, I was the Dant’s representative on the Medical School Selection Board with the Brigade Medical Officer, Asst Ac Dean, Chem Chair, assorted profs who were advisors. I saw some truly talented and dedicated mids take that path. The Brigade Medical Officer and I always looked for the mid we wanted to one day meet in his or her white coat for our own and our sailors’ and Marines’ care. They had to truly understand the mission of military medicine and the years and years of payback involved, as well as the requirement to be an officer and leader.
 

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Med school from USNA is a great deal, BUT it's important to keep in mind the payback is significant. 5 years for USNA -- time spent at med school or in residency / fellowship doesn't count towards this payback. 7 additional years for USUHS. Again residency doesn't count. So 12 years of payback which (for the most part) starts after the doctor completes all his / her training. Figure a 3-6 year residency and it essentially means spending 20+ years in the USN. For civilian programs, I think the payback is 4 years for med school + the USNA 5. Still a long time.

As noted, a great opportunity for those who want it and are willing to make the commitment.
 
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