May I ask what you are hoping to accomplish if you join the U.S. Army? I specifically mean if you are looking to enlist or pursue a commission? Are you looking to deploy, or be stationed OCONUS (outside the continental United States)?
I assume from your post that you have already completed pharmacy school (and also have a bachelors degree), so you should be eligible for officer candidate school (OCS
) if you desire that route. I'm not 100% if you can directly commission like doctors, or if OCS is required. On the officer side, you will be looking at a 67E
MOS (Pharmacist). On the enlisted side, you could be a 68Q
As far as paying back your student loans, I think you will want to look into the Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP
). I have utilized this program to pay back my student loans from my first degree (Emory University); it is a great deal and has allowed me to complete two degrees with zero college debt.
I think joining the military and serving the country is a great decision, but I am obviously biased. I have ran into far more people who have appreciated their service as opposed to regretted it. Some things to consider about your current lifestyle: Do you like to work out / are you in shape? You will have to pass the Army physical fitness test (APFT
). If you really don't like running, this could be a barrier to entry as it will perceivably lower your quality of life. In reality (and my opinion) exercise is a good thing and will actually better a person, but if one really hates to run, maybe running three days per week is not worth it.
Just some things to think about. If you have any more questions, post them up and I'll do my best to answer them.