AECP Army FY 13 Candidate - page 7

I am currently an active duty soldier that is in the process of putting together my AECP packet which is due June 30. There isn't anyone in my unit or that I know that can relate or understand this... Read More

  1. by   shmegan20
    Here is the link to the facebook group... I figured this would be a better way for us to answer questions and stay connected.

    ******admin note: per site terms of service links to Facebook groups are not permitted. You may list the group name only.******
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Nov 27, '12
  2. by   shmegan20
    I am so sorry... I didn't know I couldn't do that. Won't happen again
  3. by   Edu_ml
    As people pointed out the POC (that is SFC McDavitt) for the program is a great resource and very helpful. I found that emailing her and a Mr Ward (when she took too long to answer) were most helpful. ALSO, most programs that meet the tough requirements of the program ARE aware of the program: so the easiest thing is to ask the POC from X school if they are aware of the AECP. Thats what I did and found a couple in another city close to where I am at. I guess that would be another clue: look for schools near army posts.

    shmegan: I will loook the group up to keep in touch for sure and also, about the payiments I talked to the SFC and she said that should be taken care of BUT if the deadline for payment aproaches and it has not then we contact Major Campbell (I have his number saved). Do you start in January?
  4. by   Edu_ml
    by the way sorry for the horrible spelling but I am in a hurry and have been meaning to reply for a while! good luck and congrats to all!
  5. by   Jermanee

    Thanks for the info. I am planing on putting my packet in in '15 or '16. I have looked at Austin Peay, I like it because it is close to home. I am from Memphis. Could you tell me other schools that you looked into that meet the criteria?
  6. by   ncox1
    Felt like I should chime in here. I am an AECP Soldier in Houston right now scheduled to grad in MAY (just finishing up my 3rd term now). The Army really makes you jump through hoops to get this program, took me years to get where I am. One thing that I really underestimate was how difficult the nursing school was actually going to be! It seems like you spend all this time getting your packet together and then you say to yourself "no way I'm going to mess this thing up". Then you get to school and think "what did I get myself into?" Just don't underestimate the school you apply to, but believe me it's worth it. In a couple of weeks I will be in my last term and truly school has change me. Don't come in cocky either if you have a medical background (like a 68W). That will help you like for the first couple weeks then your just like the rest, lost.

    Another word of advice, find something to do to keep your PT up. I personally choose local mud runs. I do one every couple months cause it keeps me focused on a goal to train for and it's actually fun. You will need some sort of outlet to help you with the stress of school. Find something like a local cross fit gym or whatever gets you going and commit cause remember your still s Soldier. I have watched about 80% of my class gain weight from the long hours of studying and stress, don't let this happen to you. On long days of studying I will study for a couple of hours, go for a run, then come back to it. Only thing that has kept me sane.

    I am in no way trying to discourage, just prepare. Good luck and if you have any questions just ask. I am here in Houston with my wife and 4 kids so I have experience with this if you have dependents.

    SGT Nathan Cox
  7. by   shmegan20
    SGT Cox,

    I would love if you joined the facebook page I created for AECP. I think your insight would benefit many of us that are about to start school and those who are trying to put their packet together. I was the original feed on this feed because I was looking for other people who were going through this process. If you search AECP on facebook, there is a red cross next to it. Everyone is welcome There are only 2 people in the group so far, and I thought this would be a great way to stay connected. IPAP has a page, why not us. Anyways, I do have some questions for you since I have 2 kids under the age of 2.
  8. by   shmegan20
    University of Maryland, University of Colorado were both other schools that I found to meet the criteria. However, Austin Peay seemed to be a perfect fit for me with the school I had when I set my sights on this program. I had their pre-req list and then started knocking classes off one by one.
  9. by   ncox1

    Looked for the link but could not find one with the red cross symbol next to it. Can you paste the hyperlink?
  10. by   Jermanee
    Hey SGT Cox,

    What school are you attending in Houston?
  11. by   ncox1
    University of Texas Health and Science Center School of Nursing
  12. by   Jermanee
    NCox 1,

    You are going to the one in Houston? I have been looking at the one San Antonio. Do they have the same pre reqs?
  13. by   ncox1
    I believe so cause they are a sister school. To be certain go to the web site. It would seem with any TX school part of the pre reqs is a Texas Government class. I was stationed in Virginia at the time and had to take it online through HCC. If you are not a TX resident it's something to consider San Antonio would be nice cause you have Ft Sam right there. Mid program you have to get a commissioning physical again, I had to drive to San Antonio twice to complete it which was 6 hours round trip each time. That's why in the new regs you need to have a Army MTF within 50 miles. They still do some exceptions such as they did with mine. I called them and asked before I put in my packet and they said it was fine to be in Houston. If you do go that route Jermanee then be ready for an intense program.

    Good luck