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My 24 yr old daughter just got a biology degree, she interns (unpaid) at the mayo and is accepted into a 15 month program to get an RN degree. No more scholarships for post grad so Iv'e suggested military options? Any advice?

Asked by grayrunner (6points) March 14th, 2010

She and I don’t want to incur any debt, and she needs a part time job anyway. Does anyone have any advice in the military area. She is also considering getting a masters in biology, is very puzzle oriented and is interested in gene research.

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filmfann's avatar

You mean like get your head examined?
You can’t tell if someone in such a position would be sent to a field hospital, so you should carefully consider this, and keep in mind anything a recruiter tells you is bullshit.
If she can do this, and stay in the USA, well, business is booming.

susanc's avatar

You’d send your girl to Afghanistan? For financial reasons? Gosh.

PandoraBoxx's avatar

The time has come after the RN program to work.

The military will send her to a base hospital, not to grad school.

marinelife's avatar

Why no more scholarships? What about student loans? The military seems like a drastic option to me.

Likeradar's avatar

“She needs a part time job anyway”... and you think potentially sending her to a very dangerous desert far away from home and the ones she loves is the best way to do it? The economy ain’t that bad.

Mamradpivo's avatar

Student loan, anyone?

Glow's avatar

Well it depends. Coming from a military family, military can be VERY beneficial, financially. But it comes at a cost, as others have noted. First off, there is the chance of being deported to a country of war, but this will depend on which branch of the military she is in. If you want to keep her safe, I am sure you will NOT consider Army, or MARINES. Navy requires some time out in sea, which is also…. not fun :/ Airforce is probably her best option, she may not likely get deported to the middle east, depending on her job in the airforce. But usually, those in the airforce work on airforce bases, haha. Makes sense right? Now here is the thing, you don’t get to CHOOSE which base she gets to work at. It could be one of many in Kansas, Texas, Florida, and so on.

I’m a little offended by how awful others are making the military seem. It really isn’t that bad, unless you are a horribly weak-minded individual… or you’re a lazy bones trying to get in the Marines.

Love our soldiers and what they do <3

janbb's avatar

In most of the science fields, you can get free tuition and a stipend for a PhD program. If she is interested in bio at the PhD level, she could explore that. Usually, being a TA or research assistant comes with the stipend.

susanc's avatar

@Glow: I love our soldiers, but I worry for them.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Peace Corps.

john65pennington's avatar

Read my lips, forget the military and apply for a student loan, instead.

lonelydragon's avatar

@Glow That’s understandable, but it’s equally unfair to assume that just because someone has a hard time in the military, s/he is automatically weak or lazy. Maybe they just weren’t cut out for the military lifestyle and they didn’t realize it until it was too late…

In answer to the original question, I agree with those who suggested looking for graduate assistantships. She might also consider searching for a paid internship at another facility. Surely any employer would be impressed with a candidate who had interned with the Mayo Clinic. Best of luck to her!

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