Air Force RCOT

  1. 1 Headed to RCOT soon. New to military. Can anyone fill me in on what to expect. Thanks
  2. Visit  ET CRNA profile page

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  3. Visit  midinphx profile page
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    They will greet you loudly and start with your intro to the military immediately upon arrival. Wear comfy and conservative clothes and walking shoes. You will quickly learn to stand at attention and parade rest. Read your manual that will be given to you at any time that you are standing. (Jeans and tennis shoes are good ... the manual will fit in your pocket and easy accessible). Pee when they let you - even if you don't really have to go. Take caffeine pills. Be prepared to be clean shaven and proper haircut if male. Women learn to get your hair up well. Take hairspray and your haircolor barrets or ponytail holders.
    You will do PT and be tested.
    You won't be the slowest or the worst.
    Someone will be older than you and someone will be younger than you.
    You will all be in the exact same boat! lol
    RCOT is only 2 weeks I think. Plan on very little sleep and no free time.
    Enjoy.
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  4. Visit  ET CRNA profile page
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    Anything I can do before arriving. ie: Reading the OI, which I cant find online, any help where to find it ? A lot of class time mainly? What are we doing at night? Thank you for all your info
  5. Visit  rghbsn profile page
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    At night you're going to be studying. Or you should be. The full COT class is 4 1/2 weeks...you get all the same information in 1/2 the time. You will have academic and physical tests...both are easy if you stay preparred. Make sure you go down there ready to pass your PT test, there isn't enough time for them to get you to that point. You can get a little better, but that's about it. Plan on 5 or so hours of sleep, and that's if you can study, get your uniform ready for the next day, and then rack out. Encourage each other and support each other the whole time...nobody can be completely successful there if they try to do it alone. They may pass, but that's not the same thing.
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  6. Visit  midinphx profile page
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    The OI won't make any sense until you're there. Learn the Airmans creed and the Air Force song (not mandatory, but good). See if you can find someone help you with standing at attention and facing movements so there is less to stress about. Get your uniforms all squared away like rgh says. Button all buttons and cut off any and all strings.
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  7. Visit  AndyRN profile page
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    ET CRNA, have you gone to RCOT yet? I'm scheduled for April. If you've gone, can you tell me a little about your experience.

    Thanks
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  8. Visit  TRV~ profile page
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    Appreciate all of these post. I'm still working on actually getting in, but I am close. At his point I am guessing I will be in COT/RCOT sometime during the spring. I would like to talk with any of you that are willing. Passed my IFC III, and waiting on swearing in. AFSC 46Fx
  9. Visit  Az_RN_BSN profile page
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    I can answer questions you have about RCOT...I went 2 yrs ago!
  10. Visit  TRV~ profile page
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    Quote from Az_RN_BSN
    I can answer questions you have about RCOT...I went 2 yrs ago!
    New here, how do I PM you?

    I have questions about uniforms, and preparing/planning luggage for COT/RCOT.

    Most of my questions have to do with the process and timeline, as well as any advice or tips.
  11. Visit  UB338 profile page
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    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.

    Me
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  12. Visit  TRV~ profile page
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    UB338 If I could PM you I would but I don't have that option on the site yet.

    I have interviewed with a reserve unit in San Antonio, and am looking forward to getting started. I have been going places and doing paper work for months now. I am very courious about how much paperwork and process I have left before I can swear in and get a schedule for COT/RCOT.

    Am I allowed to share my contact informatio here??
  13. Visit  UCAFblue profile page
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    Hi UB338,

    Not sure if you'll see this since it appears you haven't been on here for a while, but I've got a quick question for you...I will have my BSN this coming May. I am considering enlisting in the Air Force Reserve as an aerospace medical service tech after I'm done with school. Yes, I know I could go in as an officer/nurse, but I've been trying to enlist for many years and for one reason or another it has never worked out, so I still have that feeling of wanting to go enlisted before being an officer. Anyways, my question is - if I do enlist in that, will I have to skip or move faster through any parts of tech school because of my BSN? Thanks for any help you can provide!!
  14. Visit  AndyRN profile page
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    Quote from UCAFblue
    Hi UB338,

    Not sure if you'll see this since it appears you haven't been on here for a while, but I've got a quick question for you...I will have my BSN this coming May. I am considering enlisting in the Air Force Reserve as an aerospace medical service tech after I'm done with school. Yes, I know I could go in as an officer/nurse, but I've been trying to enlist for many years and for one reason or another it has never worked out, so I still have that feeling of wanting to go enlisted before being an officer. Anyways, my question is - if I do enlist in that, will I have to skip or move faster through any parts of tech school because of my BSN? Thanks for any help you can provide!!

    Hi UCAF,

    I understand your desire to be an enlisted member first, but I would suggest you go in as an officer. My experience: I was enlisted for 11 years, as a mental health technician, prior to getting my commission. I was an ADN RN (5 years);however, I wasn’t eligible for a commission until I received my BSN. Once I got my BSN, I thought it would be an easy transition; but it wasn't. No recruiter was willing to help me make that transition because there was nothing in it for them....remember, I was already a member of the AF Reserves. They would rather bring in NEW individuals who may or may not stay.... (depending if they really like it or not) than to help someone who has shown dedication to the AF Reserve by serving 11 years. The recruiter’s suggestion to me was to go “inactive” (meaning NO Drills, NO participation, NO PAY) for about 5 to 6 months just so he can bring me back in as a new member. NO WAY!!!! A recruiter finally agreed to help me because my Chief Nurse made a deal with him to accept one of his recruits as long as he was willing to help ME. It should never be that difficult (in my opinion).

    I know of at least four other individuals who have had the same experience as me. Good luck with your decision.

    AndyRN
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