41 yo nursing student looking for any help that you can give

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    Hi! My name is Cindy and I am asking for any advice you may give regarding the following:

    I am making an attempt to join the Army Nursing Corp.
    I will be nursing qualified, 2011 (BSN + Certified) at which time I will be approaching my 43rd bday.
    I graduated in 2009 with a BSA teaching degree dual certification in special ed and general ed.
    I went to a Veteran's Day lecture hall (2009) and was informed the following:

    If I sign on as active duty when I am a senior which would be after this semester is completed (Spring 2010), the following would be supplied to me for my active duty status as an Officer.

    1. a 1x payment $30,000 Sign on Bonus
    2. $2,100 shelter stipen
    3. Loan repayment of up to and including $120,000 for all of my eductional loans (BSA & BSN)
    4. 8 week Basic Training Course
    5. Salaried Nursing Position in Texas my first year
    6. Continuing Eduction in a Master program in Nursing of my choice

    I am interested in joining ROTC to begin physical training now. Can someone tell me if it is a possibility for me considering my age and that I am a Jr @ SUNY SBU?

    Nurses living at the Hospital Base in Tx please share information with me that may be helpful.

    Single Mother Nurses with children, what are my children going to have to adapt to or rise to the occassion for such change (Son 16 yo, Daugther 10 yo in 2011). (My children will be coming with me to Texas.)

    What is the salary that I should expect while working for the Nurse Corps?

    Is there any way I may apply my teaching degree with the Army?

    Thanking you in advance for helping me in this life altering decision that I am currently undertaking.

    Cindy
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    Welcome Cindy!

    I would suggest that your best bet is to talk directly with an AMEDD Recruiter, as commissioning programs and availability are changing constantly.

    As of right now, I believe that the cut off ages is 42 (assuming you have no prior military service). ROTC requires that you be no older than 27 upon graduation.

    but again, check with the recruiter to find out all your options.
    Good luck!
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    "1. a 1x payment $30,000 Sign on Bonus
    2. $2,100 shelter stipen
    3. Loan repayment of up to and including $120,000 for all of my eductional loans (BSA & BSN)
    4. 8 week Basic Training Course
    5. Salaried Nursing Position in Texas my first year
    6. Continuing Eduction in a Master program in Nursing of my choice"

    Just so you know, none of this stuff is absolutely guaranteed. You will get a base pay and base housing allowance (shelter stipend). There is absolutely no guarantee of getting assigned to Texas.

    As a single mother you have to come up with a dependency care plan, in case of deployment. It has to be signed by your chosen caregiver and approved before you even get through half the paperwork process. It does not mean you give up custody, but that you have a plan. Children can not go with you to officer's training (it's not quite the same as enlisted basic training. lol).

    After age 42, you will need an age waiver. Basically, they want you well informed that you have tohave 20 years in before you turn 62 and retire. They want you to know that you may not be able to have a full military retirement and benefits.

    The paperwork process is an amazing adventure. I'm prior service Army and I have my application in for the Air Force as an experienced nurse. I've been at this for 7.5 months. I suggest you get yourself into a medical recruiter office now and get started and be ready to jump through lots of hoops.

    Good luck!
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    another thought...
    go to military.com
    You can see the paycharts, benefits, weight requirements, fitness requirements, and get lots of basic information.
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