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Should I go to the Navy?

Should I go to the Navy after I get my associates degree or after I become a physician assistant? #counselor #navy #united-states-navy #advising #advisory-boards


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James’s Answer

Valentia, there are many answers to this question. How are you paying for school currently? If you are taking out loans, it could be beneficial to join and utilize tuition assistance to help pay for school. There are programs that will pay your way through med school, if you would rather that. It's called HPSP. You could join the Reserves, allowing you to continue through school, but utilize tuition assistance and beginning your career in the Navy. I would recommend talking to your nearest Navy Recruiter to really dive into benefits of your options.


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Charicki’s Answer

It depends on how soon you want to get into the workforce and your finances and career intentions. If you want to get right to work and take classes while earning a fulltime paycheck and serving in the Navy then enlist now. However if you want to pay for your tuition yourself or through other scholarships, then continue your studies and keep in touch with the Navy recruiters to make sure your college is accredited and meets Navy requirements. I agree with James in that you should contact a Navy recruiter to find out what options are available based on your test scores and career goals.


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Joseph C.’s Answer

Hello Valentina, I have served both as an enlisted sailor (medic) prior to college and as a Naval Officer. My recommendation would be to earn your PA degree and then look to serve. Joining the Navy with an associates will not earn you a commission as an officer and there is no guarantee the Navy will send you to PA school, but if they did it would be years down the road and you would have to complete your bachelor degree while serving which can be difficult on deployments. Earn the highest level degree you can, then look to join the Navy if you desire. As an officer, your lifestyle, benefits, pay, etc. will be much better.

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