101 Things I Wish I’d Known Before BOLC... - page 3
by Pixie.RN 44,863 Views | 30 Comments Senior Moderator
Not sure how many things I'll actually come up with, and these are things I wish I'd known, or that other people probably wish they'd known that I actually did know, and I turned out to be right... 1. Do not count on getting... Read More
- 0Apr 20, '13 by Pixie.RN Senior ModeratorMelinda, if you are active duty, you are not called up for only two weeks per year -- you are full-time. For the Army Reserves it is not full-time, that might be what you're thinking of -- one weekend a month, two weeks per year.
For anyone joining the military, deployment is always a possibility. You have to accept that if you join.
There is information here: Nurses | GoArmy.com
- 0Sep 15, '13 by NReo13Hi my husband recently graduated from his college this past May, went to LDAC this last June, and has now received orders to report to BOLC on October 6th. He went to LDAC after he graduated. I was just curious to see if anybody knew anything about being able to bring spouses to BOLC B? He is active duty medical service corps and is reporting to Ft Sam Houston. He will be gone two months and even though it is not that long, our first child is due during the time he will be there. I have heard they put them in hotels during their stay. What I am worried about though is that only long BOLC dates allow spouses to come?? Any help is appreciated!
- 0Dec 30, '13 by WAGNER0312Dear LunahRN,
Congratulations on your commission into the US Army. Your posts are extremely helpful and common sense based! I have a few more questions about your BOLC experience. I just received notification that I was awarded the Army HSPS CRNA scholarship. I am VERY excited and flattered by this scholarship but now I have ALOT of questions. I am being told by my recruiter that my officer training will be 4 weeks (AMEDD training) and I will not receive any field training, "death by PowerPoint" only". I have also been told to check, and recheck everything that your Army recruiter tells you. I do trust him and actually really like my recruiter but I am just doing my due diligence. Do you know or could maybe ask around what the real deal is? I wouldn't mind field training, I grew up in the stick rodeoing and camping. I would just like to have an idea of how long I will have to spend away from my family since I will go to BOLC right after I graduate from CRNA school. I will be direct commission to Captain so now I am also wondering if I will attend a special Captains course? Anyway, I could prattle on and on about different questions but I will start with that. Thanks again for your very thoughtful and informative post.
- 0Dec 30, '13 by Pixie.RN Senior ModeratorThe real deal is that BOLC does include field training exercises, after the death by PowerPoint. After you've completed the field portion, there are additional couple of weeks for Nurse Track. Your recruiter can look up the dates in the training catalog on ATTRS, the Army training system. I went through BOLC with nurses, docs, dentists, CRNAs, etc., and none were exempt from any portion of BOLC. You will have a branch manager at the Human Resources Command (HRC), and he or she will work with you for BOLC dates and first duty station.
You will eventually have to attend Captains Career Course, which is a few weeks at Ft. Sam, but that will no doubt come a bit later.
Congrats to you!Last edit by Pixie.RN on Jan 1, '14
- 0Jan 1 by WAGNER0312LunahRN,
Thanks again for the good information. I am just getting more confused the longer I look into all of the "in's and outs". I feel like I do not have a good idea of what my life will be like once CRNA school is over. Has something changed in terms of BOLC length since you went through? What is Nurse Track? How is it possible to be promoted to Captain after graduation but attend the Captains course later? That seems so strange and I feel like I would be walking around like a big dummy! I have so much respect for enlisted people.. going to college seems way easier Do you have any information about what a CRNA work day is like in the Army? So to make sure I have this correct... BOLC 6 weeks, Nurse Track 3 weeks? Then Captains course 3 weeks? Maybe not consecutively but time none the less.
Thanks again. VERY much appreciated!!
- 0Jan 1 by Pixie.RN Senior ModeratorNo, BOLC is something like 9 weeks, nurse track is 2. Not sure how many weeks Captains Career Course is (2 or 3?), but you have to do that at some point while you're a Captain, before Major.
The CRNAs I know typically work in the OR, doing cases. I am currently deployed to Afghanistan with three CRNAs, and that is what they do.
If you look at the rest of my Army articles, I have written more about BOLC.
- 0Mar 31 by keegs13A bit late for this post, however, I'm looking for as much information as I can get...
I ask because I did 3 years of Army ROTC at my university and sadly had to drop due to medical school (or plans to go that they wouldn't allow), then switched BACK to nursing with plans to direct commission instead of going ROTC route.... I KNOW, i'm a DISASTER. I was sent through Army Airborne school last summer (2013), so I know the training environment, etc, I did ROTC, like I said, for 3 years. (STX lanes, PLT/SQD leadership... the list goes on).
NOW I am a second semester Jr. at the same university (first semester out of ROTC), and plan on graduating with a BIO degree and Spanish Minor... THEN going elsewhere to for an ABSN or second degree nursing degree before direct commissioning....
1. Were you an ROTC grad? Civilian?
2. How long was BOLC?
3. What happens after BOLC?