Capt. Ryan McHugh, an Air Force pediatrician, visits with a young patient and his mother at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Air Force pediatricians provide free health care to the children of servicemembers who live on and off base, which is a major benefit of military service.
McHugh began his training in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program. After college, he went on to a civilian medical school, and then he received further training in the Air Force. The Air Force offers financial assistance to aspiring health care professionals, including the Air Force Financial Assistance Program and the Health Professions Scholarship Program.