Hey..I'm a RN with a BSN, have been working in a civillian hospital for about 1.5 years on a med-surg floor. For a while I've been considering joining the Air Force. My packet is finished I still have the chief nurse interview. From talking to former nurses in the milltary they all have recommended joining. In the process I've heard different things. So here a few questions
I've read that nurses get to captin and then sort of plateau there and may take longer to make major. If you do have a extended time without being promoted does that look negitavily on you? Or if you're skipped over enough times do they kick you out of the Air Force?
How does the patient acuity of a base hospital in the states and overseas compare to a civilian hospital?
Who makes up the majority of the inpatients?
Most nurses are deployed to Germany. But when they are sent to say Afghanistan, what types of settings do nurses work in...normal brick and mortar hospitals, tent hospitals...
And COT...I'm a runner and in decent shape I don't think the physical requirments will be a problem. How is the academic side of COT. Lectures, tests, leadership exercises...people yelling at you?