Tuesday, October 19, 2010

It's Official!

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. 

{one}
Active duty status as OCP01, Petty Officer First Class (E-6, for those that know the military lingo) in the Naval Reserve, upon enlisting. 

{two}
B will receive full pay and allowances. 
[Tuition and books are not included--there is another program that offers only this]

{three}
We are covered under TRICARE, the Military's insurance. We have heard nothing but wonderful things about their insurance. 

{four}
Service to our country

{five}
Chance of a lifetime to travel (possibly overseas)

{six}
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!!!


Swearing in...


SO PROUD!



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!



15 comments:

  1. That wonderful!! Congratulations to you and your hubby!

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  2. Wow! So many exciting things happening! Thank you to you and your husband for your service!

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  3. Congratulations!! What an exciting adventure you have in front of you!!

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  4. awww Congratulations B! HOW AWESOME! What an accomplishment for your family. B wouldn't be able to do it all without you! Now that the little miss is on her way, he's going to have quite the support system :)

    (btw-I think it's so awesome you got to take pictures while he was doing all that...i would have thought it would have been very secretive! YAY for being able to take pictures!!!)

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  5. Exciting news!! This is really exciting and awesome-- you two look adorable!! Congrats :-D

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  6. Congrats to you and B! My ex is in his intern year in Portsmouth, VA at the Navy Medical Center. I think he said he's applying for Flight Surgery and he finds out if he gets it, this December. He plans on giving back the 4 years and then getting out! You look adorable in the pics, btw!

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  7. Congratulations! You guys look just adorable!!!

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  8. Yay! Congrats! If only the Navy could take you to CO someday so we could be close to each other. Doubtful since CO right in the middle of the USA, but one can hope, right?! ;p

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  9. Very exciting news, congrats to your hubby!

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  10. How exciting! Congrats on being a navy wife :-) You guys are too cute~

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  11. Congratulations on your new journey! I'm a new follower of your blog...an army wife, and a soon-to-be mama for the first time. I look forward to reading more!

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  12. That's awesome! My dad was in the Navy so I have huge respect for those that dedicate their time and talents to serving our country. We need more people like that!

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  13. I just found your blog, congrats!! It looks like you guys have lots of exciting things going on :) My husband is an army officer, welcome to the "family"!

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  14. Congrats! Such a big important decision! My hubby is going into Med School now and Applying for the Navy program too. It really seems like such a great program so we are really excited too. I will be right there with ya sist'a! Glad I found your blog :)

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