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I am also told that I need to give a definitive yes or no on whether I want to join the Air Force before he will even enter my application into the system. He says if I go through the process of getting accepted and then turn it down, then I wasted 4 AFB's time and money.
I am uncomfortable with giving a yes to this before I even get the opportunity to find out about student loan repayment & bonuses for the next fiscal year and before I even find out if I am accepted.
He says if I want to wait to hear about that, it will be December before he knows anything about student loan repayment and then he can enter my app.
Does any of this sound accurate?? Just curious b/c I have no other sources.
My advice is to press forward with your package with your current recruiter. As another person mentioned, AF healthcare recruiters are in short supply so are lucky to actually be working with someone. The fact that the recruiter put you on the spot to give a definitive "yes" or "no" should not sway your decision to put together a package. There is absolutely NO recourse if you are selected and decide that the AF is not for you. The recruiter obviously wants to work with people that are 100% committed to commissioning, but he/she cannot make you do anything you want to do. I had a friend who declined her commission to the Navy Nurse Corps after she was selected because she decided it wasn't for her. I knew another person who was accepted to the AF Nurse Corps and turned down her commission because she did not like the base they assigned her to and they refused to offer her another. Granted, neither of these two people had commissioned yet so they had the right to say "no". Now once you commission, that's a whole different story. In short, if you are accepted and decide that you don't want to do it for some reason, it's your right to say "no" as long as you have not taken your oath and signed the paperwork.
Bonus and loan repayment is always something people are concerned about. The powers that be should release that information around the beginning of the fiscal year (as you already know). If you begin your package now, it's likely that you would be submitting it to the board around the beginning of October depending on how quickly/slowly the process goes for you. I began my packet in late September, submitted it to the board in early December, and did not hear anything about my selection until March. I got both loan repayment and a bonus.
I would go ahead with everything if I were you just don't let the recruiter intimidate you. Read everything you sign and ask lots of questions! Be professional and honest with the recruiter. If he/she asks you again about your commitment to the process explain that you are exploring all of your options as you would with any other job search.