Military service offers new surgeons an opportunity to pay for their medical education while serving their country. The Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) is the most common way in which physicians enter the military. This scholarship started during medical school and provides 1 year of scholarship for each year of service obligation. Postgraduation programs, such as the Financial Assistance Program (FAP), also provide financial benefits in exchange for service time. Life as a surgeon in the military is generally characterized by reasonable workload without same economic pressures the civilian surgeon faces. Potential deployments do create additional stress and can be challenging on one’s personal life.