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Is it good to enter the navy as a doctor?

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I would like to know the details about the benefits, base pay, work environment, training programs, and rank when in the navy after becoming a doctor. #medicine #military #counselor #navy #nrotc

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Daniel’s Answer

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Thanks for your question. I served in the Air Force for 25 years as an optometrist and worked alongside lots of physicians, nurses and technicians. The interrelationships are great as we aren't competing for healthcare dollars. I always felt I had a lot of autonomy in clinical care. The military is not for everyone but provides great training and a good patient variety. To be in the military you have to be okay with deploying. I have deployed two times over my career but some branches, i.e., Army, deploy more. As far as pay, physicians receive incentive bonuses and professional pay to make the pay more similar to civilian physicians. I would look up NAVY physician on their website and you should get a lot of good information. Good luck!

Nia’s Answer

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Hello there

Talk to a Navy officer recruiter. I would say yes because the Navy will give you a lot if experience as a Medical Officer. The Navy may even offer incintives and MO get special pay to remain competitive with the civilian sector. My sister is a doctor and I tried to talk her into joining the Navy to pay off student loans. The diversity of the military is unmatchable and the places you will go will grow you as a person, I would say it's definitely worth looking in too.

Current Navy Sailor who works with Medical Navy Doctors 12 years experience

Jack’s Answer

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I have never had any contact or connection with the military. I would question the ability to give up making my own decisions on a career by joining the navy.