It's true that you do want to look at the airforce..certainly, out of the 3 services, they've got the newest and most advanced facilities. Fort Sam Houston and Wolpert Hall hospital in San Antonio, TX are very impressive. But they do get deployed (not as much as the army and navy, tho.)
Fort Sam Houston is Army, pretty nice facilities. Wolford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio is one of the biggest medical centers the Air Force has. There are also "major" medical facilities in Northern Cali; Dayton, Ohio; Mississippi; Maryland; Illinois and some others that I am running a blank on. Yet each AF base has either a hospital, ambulatory, surgery clinic or clinic.
By any chance are you looking to stay in Florida? If so, you probably already know there are 5 major Air Force bases there and I am sure navy bases too.
True, the Air Force does not get deployed as much. It's called the AEF (Aerospace Expeditionary Force) cycle. In a nutshell, here is how it works:
1. "IF" you go to a mobility base (and I stress if, you may not go to a deployable base). After you get there you enter training and get slotted to an AEF.
2. That AEF is on a cycle. The cycle rotates every 15 months.
3. For example: your AEF is tasked with a deployment in which it requires 6 nurses to deploy.
-- The AEF is not only your base. The AEF is a combination of many bases.
So, each base provides so many personnel in different AF specialities to
go to a deployed location.
EX: If there are 5 bases in the AEF, and 6 nurses needed, 1 base sends 2
and all others send 1.
4. Your particular base may get tasked with sending 2 nurses. If you have 6 nurses on your unit, then 2 have to go.
-- The point being, they will not depleat a base totally, they take a little
from base A, base B and so on.
5. If you must go, then you go.
6. You spend 90 days on deployemnt and then another AEF replaces your AEF in 90 days. Yes 90 days. There have been a few 120 day deployments, but they are mostly for special forces personnel.
7. You return to your base and be prepared for deployment in 15 months.
8. So 15 months rolls around and another AEF tasking is sent. The Air Force thinks logically and realizes that you went on the last deployment, so common sense tells the AF that 2 OTHER nurses will go, instead of the same as last time.
9. Now, in essence you could go 30 months or more without a deployment.
10. Yet, that cannot be guaranteed due to various manning issues and you may have to deploy every 15 months (worst case scenerio).
11. Bottom line, you have to be prepared for deployment every 15 months, in reality, you would most likely not deploy every 15 months, unless you like the money deployments have to offer and like some adventure.
I am sure your recruiter can explain this to you and validate it. They are really not all bad, just get to know your recruiter. Mine was great. Ask for the good, bad and ugly.
Hope this helps