wtbcrna is right on the money! I am a new USPHS officer (as of Nov 1) and so far, everything is great! I attended OBC last month, and most everything is correct in what wtbcrna said. Deployments are usually less than 2 weeks, although there are some exceptions for people with "critical" skills. (Meaning people with skill sets that are very rare within the USPHS, like vets, etc.) The benefits are GREAT, like the GI bill, non taxed housing allowance, and healthcare benefits for you and your dependents. I like the flexibility in choosing my own assignments and going where I please, that is another advantage. There sign on bonus is correct, if you sign for 3 years you get 20,000, and 4 years is 25,000. Mind you, you do NOT have to stay at the same location. Also, there is no mandatory degree requirements for promotion, but of course at the higher ranks, higher education means you are more likely to get promoted, because it shows progression in your career. Promotion is NOT more competitive than in other services, it is actually way better. Nurses are promoted >85% I think it was stated during OBC, as long as you have met your time and education requirements. I currently work on an Army base, and Im pleased with my decision to join vs just taking a govt job.