There are educational opportunities for people who wish to become doctors and nurses in the military. It is possible to receive an all expense paid medical education, in return for signing up for a seven year after medical school commitment. Began by Congress in 1972, and starting serious education in 1976, the F. Edward Hébert University School of Medicine is the location where the US Armed Forces trains the majority of the doctors that they use.
The Hebert University has a reputation around the world as a center of Excellence. It is considered such a center of excellence both in the public and military health professions. The programs of study that it offers is individualized and unique, and on the cutting edge in many areas of research and study. Many advances in fighting tropical disease, advances in disaster medicine, and other public health and military discoveries have been made at the University. The first graduating class from the Medical School was in 1980, and USU has taught and prepared many classes of health care and outstanding researchers and science personnel since that time.
Both Masters and Doctorate degrees in public health, medicine, and biomedical sciences are offered at the University. There are also department and interdisciplinary graduate courses under development all the time. The school of Nursing at the University offers a Graduate degree in Nursing Studies also, and a Masters Degree in Family Nurse Practitioner, Pre operative Nursing, and Nursing Anesthesia are also offered.
Because there are not any costs associated with attending the university, other than the incurred service commitment after graduation, the students who attend USU can do so without the stress or worry of nagging debt. Medical students from the university are at the facility as commissioned officers from the U.S. Armed Forces. No previous military experience or prior service is required, no fees are paid and students do not pay tuition. They do receive a full salary while attending the university. Students who attend the Graduate program are a mixture of uniformed and civilian people.
Nursing students at the University are all active duty nurses from the armed forces, or nurses in civilian federal public health service. Nurses do not pay fees or tuition either at USU, and they also receive their full pay and benefits, being on salary while students at the university just as the doctor candidates do.