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    Air force/navy hpsp

    First of all, I'm happy you were able to take care of yourself. Second, No it's not fair but military gets enough people signing up so they can chose who to accept. Third, yes, many if not everyone will face anxiety and depression at some point but not everyone requires treatment or medication. Military already has a very high rate of suicides so it only makes sense if they want to minimize the risk by selecting who to accept. Just my opinion.
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    Air Force HPSP for 2019

    Navy HSCP, you are "active duty" getting active duty pay at E6 grade but no tuition is paid. You pay the tuition. However, the years in school will count towards retirement years. Navy HPSP, pays for tuition with a little allowance to live off of. Your years in school doesn't count towards retirement years. This is a quick difference. Pay amounts vary. The benefits of one vs the other vary between individuals and what they want over the long run.
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    Ipad vs traditional books??

    My program we use touchscreen laptop with pen and one note. Works great but I don't really use the pen as much. I end up just typing my notes.
  4. I personally am also in the camp of not studying before PA school. I didn't and still surviving. You'll be studying enough in PA school. As far as studying for physio, for my ass it was the easiest course. I would rather chose reading hour favorite books. Work on increasing reading speeds. And most importantly enjoy your time with family.
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    Air force PA- no military background

    @utpa17 Bottom line, military is not for everyone. Doesn't matter what the perks or benefits are, if you don't have the personality and patience to be in the military it won't be worth it. It's like asking why become a PA if you can become a doctor. The perks, doctors get paid more, the status, the MD behind their name, its just few more years of school? I have no experience with AF or not a PA yet, so I can't comment on AF PA life. But I was enlisted for 7 years in the Navy, and some days it sucked, and some days it was great. Now, for many, all their experiences may have been bad so no matter what you say or offer, they will never go back in. They would most likely chose the alternative.
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    How much do we explain?

    @emilymuff Instead of explaining your title or position in the Navy, you should more talk about your experience and what your role in patient care was. Perfect for "show don't tell". No one cares what FST is and how many staff it comprised of. Unless that's the main point of your personal statement (imo, it shouldn't). Talk more what your responsibilities were and how it strengthens your goal of becoming a PA. I have always tried to find one or two stories that are powerful enough for you to recall it vividly. Those are the ones I find it easy to write about, because the passion usually shows through. So, find those moments, and you should be able to write an outstanding PS that you can weave your Navy, military, and kind of structure of FST all in one. Also, I think the days of dramatic writing or opening statements are history. Many PS writing seminars/classes I attended all said, don't start essays with "And the ER door swung wide open, with me doing chest compression, and time slowed down" cliches. In my PS I only put relevant information/experiences regarding me being corpsman and cardio tech. I didn't have space for explaining my title or the military structure. Good luck.
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    Pre-PA Navy commission

    I think at this point you probably will get general info from the recruiters. The ball really doesn't start rolling until you have an acceptance to PA school. And yes, who you are married to doesn't matter. By the time you get accepted and graduate as a PA, your spouse probably will be on their last year or who knows already been retired. That would be an interesting role switch for you guys.
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    Air Force HPSP for 2019

    If you guys are applying to Navy HPSP please checkout Navty HSCP as well.
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    Undergrad -> Military Officer -> PA School?

    I would advice you get PCE hours via more traditional ways, ER Tech, MA, Scribe, EMT, CNA over trying to enlist. Applying to civilian PA school directly and then applying for military scholarship (HPSP/HSCP) would be a faster way to become a PA and enter military service as an officer. The whole, joining the military just to get healthcare experience then in hopes to go to military PA school (IPAP) seems to me, a very round about way to do things. Specially, if you already have an undergrad degree. If you do join the military, you have better chance of enlisting as medic or corpsman rather than officer to gain healthcare experience. To be a corpsman you sign up for at least 5 years. Yes, you will gain experience but then applying to IPAP and getting selected is just as competitive as applying to any other PA school. This route I foresee you getting to PA school no earlier than 4 years vs going about the civilian route, you possibly can get accepted into PA school in 2 years, if you can rack up the PCE hours by the traditional methods I mentioned at the beginning. HPSP if for Navy, AF, Army however I believe Army has the highest quota for PAs with this scholarship. Navy seems to fluctuate but generally lower. This pays for tuition and gives you small stipends to live of off. Years in school does not count towards retirement years. Good for those who don't plan to make military their career. HSCP is Navy specific scholarship. Pays you Active Duty E6 pay but no tuition. Years in school counts towards your retirement years. Use this if you plan to stay in long enough to retire. You will end up taking out loans for tuition if your program cost of attendance is high. Join the military if that is what you really want to do. Just my honest thought. If you have any other question please feel free to ask.
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    Commissioning As a New Grad

    I am HSCP candidate for the Navy. Sorry I won't be any help regarding HPSP.
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    Commissioning As a New Grad

    If you're not a scholarship candidate (HPSP or HSCP), I believe direct commission is the way to go and choosing Army might be your best bet. However, contact Medical Officer recruiter for each branch and see what your options and chances are. Sorry couldn't be of any better help. I'm a scholarship candidate, so I can answer questions regarding those process better.
  12. So, you have been accepted to HSCP. Yay! Congrats! Go celebrate (reasonably of course). Then what to do, Here is what I have been learning over the course of 3 months of not getting paid. I fixed most of the issues now, so hoping to start getting paid the next pay period. Step 1. Get your Military ID made, ASAP. Step 2. Set up mypay account. It's a pain, however once you have your military ID, do yourself a favor and invest in a CAC card reader. You will be able to set up you mypay yourself. Step 3. Update Bank info on mypay. Very Important. (For some reason PSD still hasn't gotten any info about my bank account even after 2nd submission of my paperwork). Step 4. Hope and pray PSD gets these info including your BAH and start paying you.
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    Suit jacket unbuttoned...okay?

    As a guy I only un button up the jacket if I am sitting down. As soon as I stand I button it back. Just a habit. As everyone has already mentioned, whatever makes you comfortable and still look professional. Nobody cares, or should care.
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    4N0x1-Trouble finding civilian job!

    One of the biggest mistakes medics and corpsmen do before getting out is not get certified, be it MA or CNA, or any certification you can get. Our skills does not translate directly to civilian world. They do not understand our scope of practice. I was lucky to get c school and get national certification before getting out and it helped to have the military background in that situation. But if you don't have that piece of paper to prove you can do what you say you can, people wont look at you. As a corpsman I know there is a test you can take to get MA certified. If you are still in, I highly recommend you do whatever it takes to get emt certified. Having something like that will give you a bump otherwise you don't get jack shit after you get out. Another thing to consider is get BLS instructor qualification. That's should help you get maybe a teaching gig to get something started. Point is, there are many things you can do before you get out to ease your transition into civilian world. Don't think for a second that just because you were medic or corpsman the civilian world would be eager to hire you. Most don't even know what corpsmans are.
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    I've used How to Ace PA School interview book and recommend that. Also if you google search, there are plenty on commonly asked questions on PA school interviews. The three questions that you should dedinately master for any interview are 1. Why do you want to be a PA? 2. Why this program? 3. Tell me about your self. These pretty much came up in one form or the other in every school I interviewed at. As for questions to ask the school, research the school and see if there are things you like about or are concerned about that school and have them elaborate on those things. Look for things that matter to you. For me was having a veteran support so I asked questions regarding those. Also practice verbalizing your answers out loud. Sit in front of a mirror and see what you look like answering these questions. (It is awkward but it helped me). Have mock interviews. Key is practice practice and practice some more.

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