I know there are a number of threads on here for USPHS but I was wondering if anyone had some answers regarding prior service military joining the commissioned corps. I emailed the recruiter but all they sent me were a couple of regs that didn't really address my questions. I'm hoping you all have some answers so here goes:
1. How does the commissioned corps deal with people receiving VA benefits? I have a rating from the VA and the compensation pension to go along with it. Would I have to give this up in order to commission?
2. Due to my disability I am entitled to Chapter 31 Voc Rehab benefits to pay for my MSN. Will receiving Chapter 31 disqualify me from future service because it is related to a disability rating?
3. How does military retirement affect commissioning? I am currently fighting for retroactive military retirement and I'm assuming I would have to give it up if I get retired. Any experience on this one?
4. I can't find standards of fitness for commissioning. I have the typical wear and tear you see on the bodies of all soldiers (back, knees, etc) plus a couple of surgeries, but I don't know if that would disqualify me from joining. Also, in the Army you cannot commission as an officer unless you can do all three events on the PT test (2 mile run, 2 mins pushups, 2 mins situps). I know there is a PT test in the USPHS but from the bit I've read it is nowhere near as strict as Army standards because one officer can be the test grader for another. I can run, do pushups, and do situps but when I have to do it in a way that hurts (a.k.a. the Army way) I am guessing there isn't organized PT in the USPHS so I could workout at my own pace, right?
Thanks for the help!