POST 9-11 G.I. BILL
Your previous military experience could pay big benefits for you and your family under the new Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. If you have at least six years in the Armed forces, you may be able to transfer your unused G.I. Bill benefits to your spouse. With 10 years in the Armed forces, you can transfer your benefits to any dependent.
Health Professional Loan Repayment (HPLR)
As a prior military member, you are eligible to receive HPLR if you have not already taken it during your previous years of military service.
The newly upgraded HPLR program provides up to $250,000 for repayment of educational loans for physicians in critical wartime specialties. Payments are made in yearly increments of $40,000. One year of service is required for every year of loan repayment.
Payments are made on the physician’s behalf directly to the U.S. schools or financial institutions that provided the loans. Loans cannot be in default and must be more than one year old. Specialties which are eligible to receive HPLR are determined annually.
Special Pay (SP)
This program provides up to $75,000 to physicians in certain critical wartime specialties. Payments are made in increments of $25,000 each year. For every year Special Pay is received, one year of service is required. Specialties which are eligible to receive Special Pay are determined annually.
Battle Assembly Pay/Annual Training Pay
When you serve in the Army Reserve, you’ll earn Battle Assembly Pay, which is additional compensation for training on weekends, and Annual Training Pay, which is compensation for your two weeks of training in the summer. You’ll be paid on an hourly basis and your wages will increase as you climb in rank and years of experience.
Providing top-notch medical care to a Soldier and his or her family is honorable. You serve our country well when you use your healing skills in this way. Our Soldiers need your expertise – sometimes to heal their bodies, but always to maintain their physical and mental strength so as to continue to serve our great nation. The rewards of doing so for you, the physician, will be lifelong and immeasurable.
In addition to providing your medical expertise, as a Commissioned Officer you will also receive training that will give you the skills to inspire and encourage others. You will become a manager, problem-solver, key influencer, and planner. The impact you will have on those in your care will be profound. That’s why we’re so selective of the Physicians we choose for the Army Reserve. They are able to embrace and embody the Core Army Values and apply them to every decision they make and every action they take.
As a Physician in the Army Reserve Medical Corps, you will enjoy generous privileges. You’ll be commissioned as a Captain or above, depending on your years of education and experience. You will have access to various incentive programs and base facilities such as the Post Exchange, fitness facilities, recreational facilities, some commercial discounts, options for medical and dental insurance, and more. You may also continue to specialize and serve in the Medical Corps at ever-increasing levels of leadership and responsibility. Options to advance your career include:
- Commanding and controlling part of a Field Hospital, Combat Support Hospital, Augmentation Hospital or specialized medical detachment.
- Developing doctrine, organizations, and equipment for unique health care missions.
- Serving as a Medical or Health Care advisor to other entities.
TRICARE provides comprehensive health care coverage to military personnel and their families. Under this program, you’ll have access to low cost medical and dental insurance. To participate in this program, you must choose one of the three following plans:
Under this plan, you can use any civilian health care provider that is payable under TRICARE regulations. You’ll be responsible for paying an annual deductible, coinsurance, and may be responsible for other possible expenses. There is no enrollment fee for this plan.
This is a preferred provider organization (PPO) type of plan. Under this plan, you can use any civilian health care provider within the regional contractor’s provider network. Other than the coinsurance payment, there are no additional fees for using this plan. This payment is reduced by at least 5% under the plan.
TRICARE Reserve Select
This is a premium-based health plan that offers coverage similar to TRICARE Standard and Extra. Under this plan, you’ll have the freedom to manage your own health care since you are not assigned a primary care manager. By paying a monthly premium, you’ll have access to comprehensive health care coverage (including TRICARE’s prescription drug coverage) and will be able to visit any TRICARE-authorized provider in the country or, if located overseas, any qualified host nation provider. No referrals are required under this plan, but some care may require prior authorization. Those who qualify for and purchase this plan will also pay fewer out-of-pocket expenses when choosing a provider in the TRICARE network.
This is a health maintenance organization (HMO) type of plan. Under this plan, you must choose a primary care physician and obtain referrals and authorizations for specialty care. Co-payments will be small for each visit and there is an annual enrollment fee for military retirees and their families. There is no fee, however, for active duty military members and their families.
U.S. Family Health Plan
Some Army Reserve members are also able to take advantage of this plan. This TRICARE Prime-sponsored health care option is made available by nonprofit health care providers in several regions throughout the United States. Regions include: the Northeast, Southeast Texas/Southwest Louisiana, and the Puget Sound region of Washington State.