I'm currently 19 years old and have been in the military for approximately a year and a half. I came to the conclusion a few years ago in high school that medicine was the only place I could see myself going, but never considered attempting to become a MD until recently. I joined in order to eventually get into Search and Rescue and become a para rescue paramedic through that route, and fortunately by pure luck I was posted to a SAR unit 8 months ago while I wait to begin the last phase of my training for an unrelated profession (SAR requires 4 years of service before you're eligible to apply). While I've been here I've only further realized how much I want to pursue medicine, while simultaneously realizing I will not be going into SAR. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the job and outdated equipment/aircraft, as well as a shortage in the numbers of personnel here I would estimate 70% of the job entails equipment maintenance, 28% training, and maybe 2% operational work (if that). Of course, no one tells you this until it's too late and unfortunately while a lot of the guys here are very motivated to help people, they seldom get the opportunity.
All of this had lead me to today. I understand that for (most) med schools both what and where you studied is irrelevant, and this is why I'm not sure which direction to head in now. I will be going to school through the military and this means that tuition costs are irrelevant and that it also does not matter what I study as the overwhelming majority of officer positions do not require a specific degree (outside of Law/Medicine/Some engineering, etc.). I would like to study is something along the lines of Neuroscience or Biochemistry, but I don't want to risk burning out maintaining a 3.7+ GPA in a needlessly difficult program if it's not going to help me with building a strong application for med school. I could definitely go down the humanities or arts route as well but in the event of not getting accepted into med school I would prefer a degree that held some weight on an application to a paramedic program. What I'm trying to ask is is there some sort of median where I would be able to study something that's applicable to medicine while not reducing my chances of achieving a competitive GPA? I also speak Russian and French and was wondering if multiple languages would help make a strong application.