Hunter explains the many benefits that help support his family and his career.
Hunter sitting at desk

WINEGARNER: You know, there's so many benefits, it's hard to even count, but really, the things that drew me into being an Army doctor was, first and foremost, they paid for school, which is awesome. I also was at the military's med school, which was great because I got married while I was there, and so not only did I have health coverage through the military for myself but my wife also received healthcare and all the perks of being active-duty military then. And then during residency, we got all the same perks. So we were commissioned as captains in residency, and we were paid as active-duty captains in the military, which is much higher pay rate than a civilian in a similar job would be paid.

I like pretty much everything about my job, really. I like the flexibility that I'm allowed to have, I like the way we run our clinic. There's a lot of autonomy in our job, and we have multiple hats that we wear, and so we'll be here in clinic and we'll wear our doctor hats and we'll do regular doctor things where we see patients and do regular doctor-type stuff. And then we'll also go over to our battalion, where we're also a member of the staff for our battalions. The role there is we advise our commander for medical issues that might come up for missions or training, that kind of thing. If you want to have that kind of -- chaotic at times, but also very fun lifestyle where you get to go and jump out airplanes or, you know, go learn how to be a combat diver, and take care of that kind of soldier, then yeah, it's a pretty good job, so. 

Hunter Winegarner, M.D.
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Being an Army Surgeon: Military Benefits

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