I am a prior service enlisted Combat Medic. I have been working on my Bachelor's Degree and my time to apply to medical school is looming in the not too distant future. I am not particularly interested in doing the HPSP program, but I am interested in signing on to a Forward Surgical Team (preferably in the Reserve Component) in the future. I spent the first 3 months of my deployment to Afghanistan attached to one, and it has been a hard set goal ever since.
I'm fairly set on the path of becoming a General Surgeon with a fellowship in Critical Care/Trauma.
Does anyone have any experience with this route? How does one even apply to an FST as a physician? Does one have to commission first, then hope to land in said unit, or can you contract directly into it?