So I’m in the Navy now
Today I was finally commissioned as an ensign in the U. S. Navy! There was a lot of waiting to get to this point, so I’m glad it finally happened.
As a little background, I didn’t decide that I definitely wanted to go the military route to pay for medical school until I was a junior in college. Then I didn’t decide I wanted to go Navy until around March or April of this year. That’s what happens when my mom tries to convince me to do something–I refuse until she finally leaves me alone about it. Anyways, I got “professionally recommended” for the scholarship over a month ago and just now got commissioned. That was very frustrating, but at this point I’m just glad to finally be in.
Some people might be surprised that I joined the military because I know I don’t exactly seem the “military type.” However, I am absolutely the “not going thousands of dollars into debt type” which was my initial motivation for this decision. There are other reasons:
- I won’t have to deal with patient insurance or malpractice insurance.
- I’ll have opportunities to go on humanitarian medical trips.
- I’m now one of many in my family who has joined the Navy.
- If I like Navy medicine, I’ll be able to stay in and retire in my 50s if I so desire.
For anyone under the impression that I will be forced to go somewhere dangerous (many people have expressed this concern), rest easy because the odds of that are actually pretty low. I want to be an OBGYN, so I’m probably not going to be sent anywhere the military wouldn’t send a pregnant woman. Maybe I’ll change my mind about OBGYN, but until that day comes there’s definitely no need to worry about that.