Military Nursing ????

  1. I AM THINKING ABOUT GOING INTO THE NAVY OR AIR FORCE (NURSING) . I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS AND NOBODY SEEMS TO KNOW THE ANSWERES, PLEASE HELP!!!!!
    *FIRST-CAN YOU GO INTO EITHER BRANCH WITH AN RN AND BECOME A COMMISSIONED OFFICER, WHAT TYPE?
    *SECOND-WHICH IS THE BEST FOR NURSES, AIR FORCE OR NAVY?
    *THIRD-DO NURSES DO MANY TOURS?
    *FOURTH-DO YOU HAVE TO COMPLETE BASIC TRAINING, SOME HAVE TOLD ME NO BUT THAT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE MILITARY!

    THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP ON THIS ONE-TARA
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   JenKatt
    Here's the answers as best as I can do... I'm active duty Air Force

    1. Yes, if you have a BSN you are commissioned. Depending on the amount of experience you have, will determine your rank. You get 6 months for every year you have been a civilian nurse.

    2. I like the Air Force. A bunch of nurses I have worked with have switched from other branches to the AIr Force. I haven't seen any go the other way.

    3. You can do tours, especially if you are in flight nursing. It depends on where you are stationed and what you do.

    4. Yes you have to complete a form of training. In the Air Force it's called COT. It's not bad at all. You live in a hotel during the training, that should tell you something.

    Hope this helps

    Jen
  4. by   sjoe
    There is a forum on this BB called "Government Employed Nursing" where you will find nurses in the military to give you there opinions.

    Hands down, the USAF is the #1 choice, followed by the Navy, IMHO.
  5. by   ucandoit
    I have already been there and there are some great topics but they don't really answere my specific questions.
  6. by   JJFROG
    I had a great time in the Army. Any particular reason you are only leaning between AF an Navy?
  7. by   Beetlejuice
    I've been an Air Force nurse for over 14 years. Prior to that I nursed in the Detroit area for three years.

    I was in the fence between the Air Force and the Navy too. I chose Air Force because I didn't want to be stationed on a Navy ship for long periods of time.

    In my 14 years, I have never been deployed, although I would like to sometime. Seems like the reserve nurses deploy more than the active duty ones do.

    The training you get upon entering the Air Force is geared toward becomming an officer. It's nothing like basic training you may be familier with where people yell at you etc.

    As for which is best for nurses I can't tell. All the services are pretty close and offer similar opportunities.

    BTW Did you know that federal law requires your civilian employer to hold a position for you for the length of your first term of enlistment (4 years)?

    hope this is helpful.
  8. by   JenKatt
    I beg to differ about not getting yelled at during COT. Depending on your class and it's instructors you may or may not get yelled at. I did, but a few of my co-workers didn't

    jen
  9. by   ucandoit
    Hey, thanks guys!And, jen, that was interesting! I didn't know that they have to hold your position! jjfrog, I didn't consider the army because THEY SCARE ME!!!

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