Active Duty Navy Direct Accession FY 2017

  1. Greetings! I am a RN with about 1 years medsurg experience looking to apply for FY 2017 to the Navy for direct accession. Anyone else out there working on their packet or that have already submitted it? Please feel free share your experiences thus far, desired duty stations and any valuable info. Thanks!
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  3. by   coloradian719
    Hello! I'm also applying as active duty DA in the Navy. I have 13 months ER experience with my CEN board certification. I started my packet in June 2016 and have completed everything as of this week, so it will be submitted this week. My recruiter has given me insight that my ODS class will likely be the February 2017 start date, although there is a very small slight chance that it could be October 2016. Everything is based off of the needs of the Navy. I was told that there is a shortage on ER/Trauma and Critical Care RNs and those spots are needing to be filled. As for med/surg nurses, they have been more likely to be waitlisted or accepted at a later date. About 90% of packets that have been sent from that recruiter office have been approved for DA by the board committee for all nurses, and they're really proud of that.

    I've submitted my top 3 duty stations: Camp Pendleton, Jacksonville, and San Diego. My recruiter was honest and told me out of my top 3, I would most likely be placed at San Diego, just because it's one of the big 3 Navy Medical Centers.

    Now I'm just playing the waiting game. My recruiter told me it has been an average of 6 months (from the time of submitting a packet to the time of leaving for ODS), although anything is possible. She has seen people get commissioned as early as a couple weeks, to as late as 12 months. And it also varies for people that want to station out of the county (more paperwork).
  4. by   j.a.m.rn13
    Hello I am also applying for active duty ER. I started my packet in January. There was some delay getting it submitted by my recruiting office, but I am in the credentialing process now. It was officially submitted about a month ago. Probably could have been submitted back in March I am really hoping to get some news soon!
  5. by   Wheaties
    Keep this post updated. I'll be following your updates. Since it seems like it can take 6 months, I think I'll just try to get a local RN job nearby and submit my applications for navy nurse corps while I'm working.
  6. by   j.a.m.rn13
    I got an update today. The credentialing office approved me, so my package is being passed on to the board now! Recruiter said hopefully I will be sworn in by Thanksgiving
  7. by   PsychGuy
    So question.

    I submitted a variety of documents to be a RESERVE psych NP. The recruiter emailed noting the branch manager wishes me to continue with application or "completed kit." Incentives and entry grade were cited.

    Where does that put me in the process?
  8. by   DiscGolfNurse
    Congrats coloradian719! I wonder if the need is based by area? I wasn't told where the need was since I am a medsurg nurse I was only informed of how many medsurg slots there were and how many nurses were competing for them.

    Keep us updated on your progress! I heard the timeline is pretty variable as well. Very much luck when it comes to how fast your kit is processed.
    Last edit by DiscGolfNurse on Sep 28, '16 : Reason: adding name
  9. by   DiscGolfNurse
    Yeah Wheaties, that is your best bet. Plus the more experience you have in whatever specialty you want to work in will help you. For direct accession, experience is usually required.
    Last edit by DiscGolfNurse on Sep 28, '16 : Reason: adding name
  10. by   DiscGolfNurse
    Quote from j.a.m.rn13
    I got an update today. The credentialing office approved me, so my package is being passed on to the board now! Recruiter said hopefully I will be sworn in by Thanksgiving
    Congrats j.a.m.rn13! Keep us posted!
  11. by   DiscGolfNurse
    Quote from PsychGuy
    So question.

    I submitted a variety of documents to be a RESERVE psych NP. The recruiter emailed noting the branch manager wishes me to continue with application or "completed kit." Incentives and entry grade were cited.

    Where does that put me in the process?
    So basically your CV resume and GPA were sent to the branch manager to see if you were a candidate that met the minimum requirements and were likely to be selected by the board. This just means that the heavy work starts now and you begin preparing your kit. Once you get all of your paperwork together for your kit your recruiter will send that kit to the board. Gathering all of the information for your kit depends on how quickly you are able to get everything together. The board part of the process can take up to 3 months. This is where the 6 month timeline comes from. It can take longer or shorter depending on how quickly you do your part and then the board is usually unpredictable in how long it will take them to review your kit. From there, if selected then you will be informed by your recruiter then you will begin discussing your desired duty stations.
  12. by   PsychGuy
    Quote from DiscGolfNurse
    So basically your CV resume and GPA were sent to the branch manager to see if you were a candidate that met the minimum requirements and were likely to be selected by the board. This just means that the heavy work starts now and you begin preparing your kit. Once you get all of your paperwork together for your kit your recruiter will send that kit to the board. Gathering all of the information for your kit depends on how quickly you are able to get everything together. The board part of the process can take up to 3 months. This is where the 6 month timeline comes from. It can take longer or shorter depending on how quickly you do your part and then the board is usually unpredictable in how long it will take them to review your kit. From there, if selected then you will be informed by your recruiter then you will begin discussing your desired duty stations.
    That seems stupid.
  13. by   SBSN
    How is everyone's process going? I started about 8 weeks ago and feel like I am still on step 1. Go Navy, hurry up and wait.
  14. by   j.a.m.rn13
    I am still waiting. I have finished everything. My results could come in any day. I just wish I had some idea of when the waiting will be over! I know that is not realistic though.

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