Blake was officially sworn into the Navy yesterday. B was board selected back in the summer for The Health Services Collegiate Program (HSCP). This particular program is designed to provide financial incentives for college students in designated health care professions to complete degree/certification requirements and obtain reserve commissions in... Medical Service Corps (MSC). (source)
When Blake entered med school, he became aware of military scholarship programs. With military service in his family tree, it's something that has always been in his blood. There were many reasons that led us to choose this particular program.
Active duty status as OCP01, Petty Officer First Class (E-6, for those that know the military lingo) in the Naval Reserve, upon enlisting.
B will receive full pay and allowances.
[Tuition and books are not included--there is another program that offers only this]
We are covered under TRICARE, the Military's insurance. We have heard nothing but wonderful things about their insurance.
Service to our country
Chance of a lifetime to travel (possibly overseas)
Accumulating active duty years during medical school (unlike other programs) and residency which can lead to the possibility of retiring 20 years from now with a Pension
...just to name a few...
Blake's main job is to successfully complete med school. He cannot be deployed while he is in school. For his third and fourth year, he will do his rotations, then graduate and potentially do a GMO (General Medical Officer) Tour. In this situation, he would be a general medical doctor for the Navy, wherever needed. THEN, he would continue on to his residency. Blake has a lot of time to explore different specialties before deciding on one.
So what does this mean for our family? After Blake graduates med school (Spring 2013) we will go wherever the Navy takes us, living on or near a base. I'm especially excited to live someplace other than Florida, as I've lived here my entire life. We eventually want to settle in Florida because both of our parents live here, but I'm ready for a change in scenery.
[I wouldn't mind some fall colors, y'all!]
For our friends and family, I hope my explanation helps!
NOW! Here are the pictures of the big day!
Signing LOTS of paperwork!!!
Now, I can officially say I'm a Navy Wife! [weird] Then in two and a half years, I'll be a Navy Doctor's Wife.
Going the military med route is something we've discussed for well over a year, and we feel it's the best decision for our family. I'm so proud of my husband for all that he's doing for Little Miss and me.
I love you so much, B!