If you are willing to commit to a career in the Air Force, you can take advantage of the options they offer in the form of medical school scholarships. There are a variety of programs in the military for those wishing to become doctors. The U.S. military offers scholarships to attend a military medical school in Bethesda, Maryland or one of the many civilian medical schools. Your recruiter can give you the details of the many programs available, but you should start the process before you apply for medical school, if at all possible. In addition, there are means for active duty service members to get scholarships to medical school while serving in the Air Force.
The Air Force Health Professions Scholarship program will cover three or four years of tuition, books, and fees plus a stipend to help cover your living expenses while in medical school. While in school, you will attend a 45-day active duty tour every year as an Air Force second lieutenant. Once you graduate, you will be committed to serving for three years as an Air Force doctor, if your scholarship was for three years. Similarly, you have to serve for four years if your scholarship was for four. You may also be eligible to receive a signing bonus.
If you do decide to join the Air Force as a doctor, you can also do your residency requirements right on the Air Force base. The Air Force offers residencies in all fields of medicine, and they are all accredited by the Accreditation Council for Gradual Medical Education. All residency programs meet all the training requirements for taking specialty board exams. You can also use the scholarships and the residency programs for degrees in osteopathy. While a resident, the Air Force will also give you a grant to supplement your residency pay to help cover living expenses. During your residency, you will also complete two weeks of active duty as an Air Force officer.