- All services require applicants to be between the ages of 18-36, and the Navy requires that a candidate be no older than 42 by the time you begin Active Duty after graduating from medical school.
- HPSP requires you be an American citizen. If a noncitizen wishes to serve, they can serve through the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest Program with the Army, which expedites the citizenship process for applicants.
- It is recommended that an applicant have an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 and an MCAT score of 27
- Applicants must have earned or are in their final year of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited program in the United States, Canada, or Puerto Rico
- Acceptance into HPSP is tentative pending an applicant’s acceptance or enrollment in an accredited MD or DO degree program in the United States or Puerto Rico
- Physical Fitness
- Applicants must pass a physical exam at a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). To read about my MEPS experience and for some tips about the process, click HERE
So you’re eligible, now what?? It’s time to contact a recruiter. If you don’t hear back right away, don’t lose faith! It took me several weeks of playing phone tag with my recruiter before my application process began. If you are unsure about which branch to join, I would encourage you to reach out to all the branches and discuss your options with a recruiter.