Army Community + Camaraderie
When you join the Army, you will join a tight-knit community that is built to help you achieve your goals and fulfill your sense of purpose. You will be busy, but you will still have the time to start a family, raise a family or pursue your own personal interests. Whatever your situation, the Army community is there to support you.
Unless you are deployed, your call schedules will be similar to those for a civilian physician. Since you also won't need to manage your own practice or deal with multiple insurance companies, you may have a little more free time to spend with your family.
Support for Family Members
Maternity and paternity leave are standard in the Army. Mothers receive six weeks of maternity leave, and fathers receive 10 days. The Army also provides access to daycare facilities, on-base schooling and youth activity centers. The Family Readiness System (FRS) offers support during deployment, relocation and other major life events. Finally, you and your dependents can save money by taking advantage of the tax-free shopping and discounts available through the commissary and base exchange system.
Through their training, missions and shared goals, all service members form close bonds, and physicians are no exception. By serving one of the most appreciative patient populations imaginable and working so closely with your colleagues, you will create friendships that last.