Air Force RCOT - page 2

Headed to RCOT soon. New to military. Can anyone fill me in on what to expect. Thanks... Read More

  1. by   UCAFblue
    Thanks so much for your sharing your experience and input AndyRN, I really do appreciate it. I've been trying to get in the AF for 5 years now, and am on my 8th recruiter, so I guess I'm growing quite impatient and just want to be in in any role, even if it isn't nursing. I'm afraid if I wait too long/have to get nursing experience, it will never happen, with meps being the main concern for me as I've had a difficult experience with them in the past. I've had similarly stubborn/unhelpful recruiters before, so I certainly don't doubt the difficulty you encountered when going enlisted to officer - there is definitely a risk there. I'm not completely sure what route I will take at this point. They both have advantages and disadvantages.

    Is the experience requirement in the Reserve still 6 months to be a flight nurse? And does it matter what kind of nursing experience you get? I'm hoping to be a nicu nurse after graduation, so I'm not really sure that will translate to Reserve flight nursing very well, assuming I'm able to get a job in that as a new grad. Also, in my last meps physical, I didn't pass the depth perception test, is that something that is required for flight nursing? All I can find is that the depth perception requirement in the flying class III physical is dependant on the afsc.
  2. by   rndiver82
    Quote from UB338
    If anyone has questions, please get with me. I am the FT XO (Exec Officer) for an AE unit in WY. I send the FN/MSC and EMT's to school, get all logistics and planning completed and ensure requirements are met.

    I have been an Flt EMT and FN for the UASF. Combined time 18 yrs, 5 deployments, hauled what ever you can dream up and some to all reaches of the planet.

    For anyone intersted, the USAF is the only branch that offers Flight Nurse, the rest (Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard) won't fly their officers. The entire AE tasking is USAF only. The Army will fly medics (enlisted) only in helos' and its from the battlefield to the closest hospital. AE does the rest of the work. There are 18 AE units in the cont. US, most will staff officers and enlisted (nurses and EMTs). Of the 18, most of the 24/7/365 AE since 9/11 job has been completed by their staff only, and all 18 are are guard or reserves. Active USAF only has 4 units and only 2 have an ongoing mission. Of those 4, AE nursing is a special duty, meaning nurses can only do it for 4 years, then back to the clinic. Guard and Reserves nurses are allowed to stay AE for their entire career.

    As stated earlier, you can be an EMT and be promoted to FN once your BSN is completed as I did.

    If anyone needs info, just give me a shout. COT/RCOT is not bad at all. I would be more concerned with the survival school, if you get sent to the "REAL" class, if I was to do it all again. That will bring the sand out in ya.

    Just a heads up: the Army is indeed flying their nurses now. They are doing tactical flights down range on helos'. My team leader is being deployed in this role as we speak. It's a brand new program the Army is rolling out and heads are of course butting, but he is very excited for the opportunity. It is the Army's equivalent to the TACIT program from CCAT. There is talk among my COC that if this program does well it will be expanded to match the size of the AF's.