stefpup wrote:Seally wrote:stefpup wrote:Officers also bank a lot of money so you could have a substantial savings if/when you get out.
Not all Officers bank a lot, that is "IF" you get promoted to higher ranks.
Ranking up becomes even more competitive as it goes up.
Many are stuck at Major and never go beyond it.
Very good paying ranks are above Major, always, but only a minority can reach them.
But at least you have good hours in JAG, decent travel opportunities, very good benefits etc...
I don't mind getting paid 90k/year on average + all benefits and good hours in JAG.
But if you are a "gold-digging-cash-cow", BigLaw/F500 In-House is where it's at.
Military never pays well, even Physicians and Dentists are getting ripped off, especially Surgeons(No, going through studies and massive stress till 35 of age just to avg 150k + shit hours and no freedom is not worth it.)
I'm not sure how much exposure you've had with military medicine or law but there's a reason you get people to work so "cheap" and that's because no real experience is necessary. If you mess up no one can sue you so there's no worries about insurance or anything else (which is a big concern for medical).
The military is a guaranteed paycheck that pays for full medical, your house and your food before it even starts in on your base pay. For that level of security and the ability to do jobs that in the civilian world you would be completely unqualified to do isn't really working for cheap, I think.
Never said Military was a bad choice for JAGs, just not for everyone.
Yes, IT IS a bad choice for any Dentist/Physician, the pay is lame and the working hours are just as bad.
+ Some Physicians/Dentists have bad exposure and reputation in some bases.
Yeah sure, it's a guaranteed paycheck, but i'm not dumb enough to go through hardcore studies and sacrifices till i'm 35 and wasted all my best years down the rain to get told
"Hey boy, we pay your debts, but you will make 60% less than Civilian Physicians while having similar hours and less schedule stability, hope you're happy.Oh, and you're stuck with us for 10 years."