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After two years you can go back to school and earn your MSN. So you do not have to do the full 4 years before starting the scholarship. The repayment is serving 2 for 1 of the earned nurse specialty. So if you get a scholarship to a 2 year CRNA school you would owe the Air Force 4 years as a CRNA. At that point you could become a civilian nurse again or take advantage of the incentive special pay bonuses offered to nurses that exted their contract.
No, it is not a 2 for 1 payback. It is 4.5 yr payback for 2.5 years of school. When and if nurse anesthesia school goes to 3 years it is supposed to be a 5 year payback. This is similar to USUHS medical school which is 7 yr pay back for 4 yrs of school.
You will be eligible to receive bonuses as soon as you become a CRNA in the military, but only for a 1 yr bonus that is specific for CRNAs during their payback years. Currently, that bonus is 10K a year in the AF. Which is lower than the critical retention bonus (20K yr) that most floor/ICU/ER/OB nurses are eligible for. In other words you will probably be actually taking a pay cut to become a CRNA in the AF for the first 4.5 yrs after school. This is one of the many reasons that there are not enough applicants for school right now.
Time-on-station requirement: CONUS candidates must complete 24 months TOS as of
31 May 2012 (31 Jul 2012 for MSN-to-DNP candidates). Overseas applicants must
complete the standard tour length for assigned location as of the same date less the
allowable 60-day rollback."