Would you join the Army Nurse Corps? Why or Why not? - page 6

Hey all, Yes If you look at my profile I am a Nurse Recruiter for the Army. I am also an Army Nurse. I joined back in 1987 to get out of my home state and to see the world. I have done that, but... Read More

  1. by   Gennaver
    Quote from Cherish
    Don't think Gennever was rude at all in the post. His response was not rude. Gennever is not an RN yet and has not served in the Army either so he could not answer that question you posed. Me as a former 6 yr Active Duty soldier I can understand your responses on how unhappy you were being in the Army. It's to each their own. You may enjoy civilian hospitals better than military ones and if so by all means do that. If you want to be in the Nurse Corps talk to people in the Nurse Corps, ask to shadow as prior service I don't think they will tell you no. Hope everyone finds everything they want out of life and do it well.
    Hello,
    Thank you for letting my know my word usage wasn't as poor as I thought.

    I am a female, who has not served and is currently on sustainment until graduation, (for Active Duty). Have you been ANC? My application packet ended up taking 5 months with felt loooong! Still, since I've added one more post MS certificate I have to request to re-board for NEXT summer yet, I do not want to let go of my commission, even to re-board, just yet!
    Gen
  2. by   wtbcrna
    Quote from Gennaver
    Hello,

    I just posted this but, here it is again, (because I was SUPRISED myself to realize that I still had a chance). Initially I thought my hopes were over because when I tried to enlist/join/access in my late 20's and early 30's I was too old. Yet they raised the maximum ages. Not sure how long they will stay raised but:

    Army = 46 with exceptions in rare cases to age 52
    Navy = 44 with age waivers over 40
    Air Force = 48

    Hooah,
    Gen
    The only thing to remember coming in after the age of 42 is that you probably will not be able to retire from the military since the mandatory retirement age is 62. You need 20 years of military service to retire....something the recruiters don't usually mention, but you can role over that service into a GS postiion for a few more years and retire GS at least that is my understanding.
    I have had a couple of friends come in past the age of 42 and then found out they wouldn't be able to retire.
    As with any military service you should look at all the branches and do lots of research on your own before making a decision.

    One of the biggest advantages to the Army is that it is the only service that allows direct entry into their CRNA program. All the other services require a minimum of two-three years of service before you can usually even apply to CRNA school.

    Personally, I think most people don't want to join the Army right now because they have the longest deployment times of any service branch (15 months).
  3. by   SummerGarden
    Quote from Gennaver
    Hi,
    It could be because you are currently in an ADN, (as per your avatar information). The Army is the only service that accepts ADNs but, only in the reserves. So, you'd have to communicate with an Army Nurse reserve recruiter.
    Gen
    This may be true but I do not think so.... I have spoken to Reserve recruiters and have gotten nowhere. It seems to me that the Reserve recruiters in my area are not as active in the recruitment process compared to other recruiters. Many recruiters have work-out days and give potential recruits/candidates time to spend together learning the military way of life even though he/she has a year to go before starting any formal training. The Nursing recruiters, on the other hand, are missing in action IMO! :spin:

    However, I will not allow this to deter me. I will continue to prep on my own and if I choose to join, I will hunt someone down my 4th semester. I am eager to serve on Active Duty as a Commissioned Officer of the Nurse Corps in the Reserves. However, if my husband chooses to remain on Active Duty and does not transfer to the Army, then I will have to wait. In the meantime, Intensive Care here I come!
  4. by   TazziRN
    Quote from Ebouster
    Oh btw, I did say something about being in Iraq in my first post.. :spin:
    I went back to re-read it.....my bad, sorry. I saw the comment about not wanting to be sent to Iraq, I did not see the word "again". Thank you for the service you did put in.
  5. by   Gennaver
    Quote from wtbcrna
    The only thing to remember coming in after the age of 42 is that you probably will not be able to retire from the military since the mandatory retirement age is 62. You need 20 years of military service to retire....something the recruiters don't usually mention, ...
    Personally, I think most people don't want to join the Army right now because they have the longest deployment times of any service branch (15 months).
    Hello,
    Mine let me know that right away and I recall seeing it plastered in a couple of places while searching online.

    It is not only the 42 year olds that have to sign the age, (retirement) waiver but anyone over age 39, I believe.

    In order to send my packet before the review board I had to sign the age waiver. So, even if I do stay in for 20 years, I'd have to sign another age waiver at 60 too.

    edit to add: You mentioned something that I was glad to find out from the CC of PHS and that is if you transfer to them, your GS is higher and as long as you are age 44-with years subtracted for military, and have less than 8 years military then you could go through til retirement with them. My plan is to do just that.

    Gen
    Last edit by Gennaver on Apr 14, '07
  6. by   Gennaver
    Quote from MBA2BRN
    This may be true but I do not think so.... I have spoken to Reserve recruiters and have gotten nowhere. ...:
    Hello,
    My recruiter worked his tail off for me. Congrats and THANK YOU to him!!!

    My packet took five months of lots of work and then I still took about three more months of giving him grief for other issues related to trying to amend my packet.

    I think recruiters are overworked and UNDER appreciated. It is a thankless job. I look SO forward to mailing him a silver dollar when I complete OBLC. He was the very first person to salute me after I took my oath. I know he MEANT it too.

    Hooah Sergeant Ryan of USAREC.

    Gen
  7. by   kukukajoo
    I am thinking of this as well. Sounds like it could be a great opportunity if they would accept me being 38!

    How does the entry into the CRNA program work? That is where I want to end up and this sounds like it could be very helpful to me.
  8. by   wtbcrna
    Quote from kukukajoo
    I am thinking of this as well. Sounds like it could be a great opportunity if they would accept me being 38!

    How does the entry into the CRNA program work? That is where I want to end up and this sounds like it could be very helpful to me.

    Here is the Army's CRNA program information. http://www.dns.amedd.army.mil/crna/
  9. by   kukukajoo
    Thank you for the link for the CRNA information- it is very informative and even includes pre-study packets that I think are most useful!! I just printed out some for dose calculations that will help me on a test Monday.
  10. by   nghtfltguy
    I mentioned the Navy earlier because I like the Navy more than the Army. I have nothing against the Army at all. I have many friends that are Nurses in the Army and the Army Reserves. I do however have many friends that are Nurses in the Navy as well. I was being biased because I spent quite a lot of time enlisted in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. I have actually talked with recruiters from both and it seems to me, that to go in the Army as a nurse, they require a BSN, and the Navy does not, they will pay for a BSN once you are in. I could be wrong..I don't know for sure, this is just what I was told.
    Either way, they both offer excellent opportunities, but it is not for everyone. It is a totally different lifestyle.

    My favorite thing though is Military hospitals. They don't have yellow stickers!
    Cost is really not an issue. I hate yellow stickers! I understand charging the patient for items used but it can be crazy sometimes!

    Military hospitals = No yellow stickers!!
    need I say more??
  11. by   clc19k30
    Ladies and Gentlemen,
    I think we haved swerved from the original question.
    Would you serve or not and Why/
    I could expound on the virtues of the Army Nurse Corps, but I have been informed that I would be recruiting. Let me make this one thing unquestionable. You do not enlist, you commission. A commission is a decree from congress granting you powers and responsibilities under Title 10 of the United States Code. You do have a large say in what you do and where you go, You are a TRAINED LICENSED PROFESSIONAL not an 18 year old looking for a job.
    Thank you and please continue, I am enjoying the banter.
  12. by   roxxy3773
    I think we haved swerved from the original question.
    Maybe...but I think that many of the topics being discussed are showing some of the feelings or maybe even misconceptions or lack of knowledge we might have that might keep us from pursuing a career as a nurse in the military. I think it can all be useful in your job and in your initial question. It may also be useful for the rest of us if we are seriously considering this path. I think for many of us the advanced education opportunities are a big factor in considering this career path, it is for me at least!
  13. by   reesern63
    I would not because I am morally opposed to war. I mean no disrespect to those who serve, though.

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