Question about being a nurse in the military?

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    I'm considering joining the Navy so I can have job security/my school paid for. I'm wondering how hard it is to get into nursing while in the military and if you go about it the same way? Do you still have to apply at a bunch of nursing programs? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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    check out specialties<military and government nursing in this forum... lots of info and people who will help.
    http://allnurses.com/government-military-nursing/

    When you put your post there it will help if you state your current situation as in where you are 'specifically' in school.
    v/r
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    You still have to get accepted into a nursing school. And the military requires a bachelors degree. The military will pay for your college if you agree to work as a military nurse for a few years after graduation. See link....
    http://www.afrotc.com/scholarships/
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    Things may have changed, but with the current shortages, I doubt it. The Army and the Navy used to have a 'civilain acquired skills' program. You could enter as enlisted if you were an LPN, or as an officer if you were an ASN-RN. The deal is that unless you get your BSN, you cannot progress beyond the rank of O-3. I went to a civilian school in New York on a military contract, because the shortage was great. In lieu of a sign on bonus, my 'm.o.s.' was to attend nursing school, and when I was done, I owed 3 months of service for every one month of school I received. Check into it with your recruiting command. My initial obligation was over, as I had already been in for 10 years when I changed to nursing, but its worth asking what the current programs may be.
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    Quote from terminaldegree
    Things may have changed, but with the current shortages, I doubt it. The Army and the Navy used to have a 'civilain acquired skills' program. You could enter as enlisted if you were an LPN, or as an officer if you were an ASN-RN. The deal is that unless you get your BSN, you cannot progress beyond the rank of O-3. I went to a civilian school in New York on a military contract, because the shortage was great. In lieu of a sign on bonus, my 'm.o.s.' was to attend nursing school, and when I was done, I owed 3 months of service for every one month of school I received. Check into it with your recruiting command. My initial obligation was over, as I had already been in for 10 years when I changed to nursing, but its worth asking what the current programs may be.
    I'm an AD grad and a Reserve Army Officer. Everything you wrote is, to the best of my knowledge, correct, with the exception of accession into the Active Army. I believe you must be a BSN to do so; however, you can access into the Reserve with an AD. No promotion beyond O-3 if you don't eventually get your BSN, for which the Army provides great incentives.
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