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  1. I’m looking to change careers and would love to get your advice. Briefly about me: I’m a 30 year old architect who’s looking to change careers. After years of debating, I decided to enlist in the Navy for special forces Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD), looking for a more interesting, physical challenge. I’ve earned my contract for the job and now I’m in a delayed entry program, which means I don’t plan to leave for a few months. I still had my doubts if I’m making the right choice (I can still back out if I want), so I met with a career counselor. My results came back with a 100% match for physician assistant and physical therapist. After my research, the flexibility, amount of education, lifestyle, and salary, PA seems like the better route. Before going to PA school, I would need to go back and take my remaining science classes, which may take a while. I’ve considered night classes, but I would still like to use military to pay for education (I currently have zero debt and it’d be nice to keep it that way). I found out that Air Force has a program called Pararescue, which focuses a lot around EMT. I’m thinking that could expose me to the medical field, while paying for undergrad, giving me a leg-up when applying for jobs, and fulfilling my desire to do something adventurous and fulfilling. Here's my idea: Enlist into the Air Force and work my way into the Pararescue program. After military training, I'm allowed to take college courses on my free time. Sign up to take the required remaining courses to become eligible for med-school. Serve my time in the special forces When completed, sign up for the officer program in military medical field, specializing in Physician Assistant. (I'm still finding out if having experience in Pararescue would qualify for substituting classes.) Receive a scholarship that will grant me 100% coverage of tuition, books, and a monthly $2,000 stipend. To my knowledge, military requires you to serve 1-year for every year of school you attend (or maybe it’s an additional year after 4?) Serve a few years in AF as a PA. Either stay in the AF for 20 years or leave after 2-3 years with no college debt. Work as a PA full-time, save responsibly, work for as long as I feel comfortable, and retire comfortably. If anyone has some experience with a similar route or just has advice, I’d love to hear it.
  2. I'm currently a sophomore in high school interested in becoming a PA. I'm thinking about doing ROTC to pay for schooling and for job opportunities, but I'm not sure how the timeline works out. I plan on doing Running Start, so would I immediately start ROTC in my junior yea of high school? Then, when I graduate and finish with my bachelor's, how do I apply for PA school? The school I'd like to go to (UW MEDEX) requires at least two years of medical experience. Can I gain this by working as an EMT or something else through the Air Force with my ROTC commitment? Then will I go back to PA school and serve more to pay for it, or does the Air Force have some other sort of training for PAs? I'm really confused, guidance would be much appreciated.
  3. I found some old post about this topic but only a few people were involved and it was from quite a few years back. I thought I'd bring it up again for more clarification for all. Looking for suggestions on how to/ how you enter military experience into CASPA. What are your thoughts on dividing all of that up between medical and non-medical experience, training and schools, deployment vs. garrison, leadership roles, and awards? Did you add past certs that have since lapsed? Should it be broken down by each duty station or each title? Also, how did you quantify the number of hours and should it be one lump sum or divided up? Any thoughts would helpful.
  4. Hello all, First time posting here. I am currently a PA-S2 with an expected graduation date of July 2020. I’m unsure about my career after graduating from PA School, and was wondering about any benefits that may come with joining the military after I become certified. Any and all information regarding life/work in specific branches is greatly appreciated as I have no information on the topic as of now. Thank you!
  5. If you are either a Navy PA HPSP award winner or a Air Force PA HPSP award winner could you please share some of your experiences on your 3 year active duty requirement after graduating PA school. Please answer some of the questions below or if you want to just share your experience that would be much appreciated. Thank You :) 1.) After graduating PA school how fast did you get deployed? 2) How SAFE are the clinics or stations where you were deployed to? 3) Have you ever experienced a combat situation? 4) Do you have any choice as to where you get stationed? 5) How many hours do you typically work each week? 6) What are some of the benefits? 7)How much autonomy do you have? 8) Overall what is the pros and cons of your job?
  6. Hello! So I am 22 years old and I am just starting my education towards an eventual career as a Physician's Assistant. My husband will be getting out of the military (marines) in October of next year, so I have been looking more into the military, myself, as an option to aid in my pursuance of said career. However, I am not sure if it is a viable option as of yet. I have just been recently certified to work as an EMT-B in the state of North Carolina and I am currently working on my paramedic. I have some college credits, but I do not have my bachelors degree. So my question is: Is is possible for me to join the air force, and in doing so, get my bachelors degree and acquire all of the prerequisite courses needed for a PA program? IPAP has been mentioned to me before, but I do not entirely understand the process or all of what it entails. Any and all information pertaining to this topic is welcome. I am in the dark when it comes to the college process, and even more so when looking into the military. And I don't know exactly what to ask recruiters in regards to my particular situation. Thank you!
  7. Has anyone tried serving in the military active duty while attending PA school?
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