I don't think anyone would recommened to be in PA school while doing the 1 weekend a month and 2 weeks out of the year you'd have to do in the guard or reserves. Plus you could be called up to active duty for a year at any point. There's just no guarantees with the military (as I'm sure you and your husband both know). I would say, however, that joining as a PA after prior service wouldn't have as much of an affect as you would think. If you're a PA-C and the Army needs PA-Cs then they'd would take you. I was never a recruiter, but I think it would HELP being prior service if anything. Also keep in mind, guard/reserve can go to IPAP, but you'd have to be in San Antonio for a year for the didactic phase and your clinical phase could be at one of a number of Army hospitals in the states so if your family isn't able to relocate with you then that might be pretty tough.