Advice 4 joinin navy as medical corpsman - page 3

I am going to take my ASVAB in the morning. I want to become a doctor when i get out of the navy. Is medical Corpsman the best route to go? I want to train hard and work for what I get. but i also... Read More

  1. by   DanznRN
    Above anything else, you will have to get the age waiver no matter what being 46. the odds of becoming a corpsmen are slim ti none mind you, nothing to do with your age. Already possessing a nursing degree disqualifies you from being a corpsmen, unless you falsify that you have the degree and I don't recommend that. As far as getting your feet dirty, TRUST ME, as a nurse you get your feet plenty dirty. I spent time with the Marines, was one of 5 nurses for the whole camp, you get dirty. As a side note, being a nurse or corpsmen, the Geneva Convention prohibits you from carrying a weapon for the purposes of aggression towards the enemy. You will carry a sidearm for self-defense only. If you want to help, come in as a nurse and volunteer for deployment, you'll get dirty.

    LCDR Dan
  2. by   GeorgiaBoy61
    DanznRN:

    Thanks for the reply. Right now, it looks like the USNR is the route for me - provided I get in, pass the physical, etc. I live in N. Illinois, and would drill at Great Lakes. Which Marine unit did you serve with and where?

    By the way, I am aware of the prohibition on medical personnel being armed d/t the Geneva Conventions. However, if deployed to a hot zone, you can bet I'll be packing as much heat as I can. I'll take my chances with the GC; last I checked al-Qaeda and our other enemies weren't honoring them or any other rules of warfare. Not that a Beretta 9mm would be worth much in a jam against an AK-47, RPGs, etc. anyway...

    I would like to volunteer for deployment once I am in, but my understanding is that I am inelgible until I have served enough hours of drill as a reservist. I'm putting the cart before the horse, though; first let me get in, right?

    What BSN-level nursing specialties are most in demand right now for the navy?

    Thanks for your help and service -

    GaBoy61




    Quote from DanznRN
    Above anything else, you will have to get the age waiver no matter what being 46. the odds of becoming a corpsmen are slim ti none mind you, nothing to do with your age. Already possessing a nursing degree disqualifies you from being a corpsmen, unless you falsify that you have the degree and I don't recommend that. As far as getting your feet dirty, TRUST ME, as a nurse you get your feet plenty dirty. I spent time with the Marines, was one of 5 nurses for the whole camp, you get dirty. As a side note, being a nurse or corpsmen, the Geneva Convention prohibits you from carrying a weapon for the purposes of aggression towards the enemy. You will carry a sidearm for self-defense only. If you want to help, come in as a nurse and volunteer for deployment, you'll get dirty.

    LCDR Dan
  3. by   DanznRN
    GaBoy61-

    Funny, I used to live in Lindenhurst, near the Gurnee Mall. I was stationed at Great Lakes from 2000-2003 in the ICU/ PACU. As for the Marines, that was the 2nd FSSG out of Camp LeJeuene. Although I understand and agree with your views regarding the GC and Al-Qaeda, rules are rules and we are still playing by them. In my opinion that's one of the reasons we are still there, we're playing by the rules and no one else is. So regardless of what you want to "pack," you'll get your Navy issue .45 or 9mm, personal weapons are prohibited. And although you're willing to "take you chances with the GC," I can guarantee your superiors will not. In the military your a small fish in a big pond. Good luck to you and let me know if I can be of assistance in the Great Lakes area, still have a few friends around.

    Nursing specialties that are in demand are focused on the critical care areas, ER/ Trauma/ ICU, have that background and you're in good shape.

    LCDR Dan
  4. by   supafly
    Quote from DanznRN
    Already possessing a nursing degree disqualifies you from being a corpsmen, unless you falsify that you have the degree and I don't recommend that.
    I'm currently in nursing school and thinking about joining The Reserves as an HM. I would finish the nursing degree(s) before my Reserve commitment was up.

    Any idea on whether that would disqualify me from continuing as an HM since I would have finished a nursing degree after enlisting? Also would you happen to know the chances of deploying as a Reserve HM?

    Nice guys at the local recruiting office (really), but I don't trust much of what they say, especially the supervisor. (Shocking, I know).
  5. by   brothre200
    am joining the navy as a medical corpman am shipping out on sept 04 , after the corpsman programme which is five years, will i qualify to apply to a medical school. i want to be doctor. Or should i go reserve and go to a four year college full time and apply to a med school. Someone with experience please anwer me. thanks
  6. by   midwesternboy
    If you want to enter med school, you will need a 4 year degree. However, some programs have 2+4, which is 2 years of college and then you transfer directly into 4 yrs of med school. I know tulane univ. and one of the KC universities offer this kind of program.
    If you are going the hospital corpsman route, look into the Navy PA (physician assistant) program. PA's can do many of the same things as doctors. The Navy will pay for your schooling, plus your salary, plus you enter in as an officer when you are done.
    Good luck with whatever you decide.
    -recent BSN
  7. by   brothre200
    westernboy, how about going reserve so i can go to college full time? Is it acceptable to transfer from active duty to reserve. And if it acceptable how do i start, who do i talk to? I hope u have been in the military before or u are still in it? thanks.
  8. by   Animal3
    Hi NewSailor!
    Congrats on selecting such a great rating! I got out in 2007 so some things may have changed but, many c-schools are not available right out of corps school and be careful of the ones that are, usually they are the ones that no one wants to do, undermanned. If you go to this thread it will explain all of your choices, http://www.corpsman.com/forum/showthread.php?t=19342. Congrats Again!

    Corpsman3

    :usnvy:
  9. by   midwesternboy
    brothre200,
    I'm in the final stages of my nursing corps application. However, I have read through many of these threads over the past year, while I was attending nursing school. Plus I've spoken with various healthcare recruiters and nurses in the military. Your best bet is to speak with a medical health care recruiter from both the active and reserve sides (since they are separate). That way you can get all of the up-to-date info. Sorry I can't be of more assistance. Good luck!
    -recent BSN
  10. by   brothre200
    thanks midwestern and corpsman 3 for you suggestion. I really apreciate it. God richly bless you. I wish you guys success in whatever u do.
  11. by   PMFB-RN
    Quote from brothre200
    am joining the navy as a medical corpman am shipping out on sept 04 , after the corpsman programme which is five years, will i qualify to apply to a medical school. i want to be doctor.
    *** You want to be a doctor and you haven't even gone to some medical school's web sites and seen what the requirements are to apply? To answerer your question, no you will not be qualified. Being a corpsman likely won't hurt you when you apply for medical school but you need to get a bachelors degree AND fulfil all the the premed requirements. A few schools admit without the BS degree through special programs but usually you will need a bachelors degree with fantastic grades.

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