Air Force Reserve or Guard- NTP?

  1. Hello-

    I am contemplating a several different avenues for Air Force service. I really think either the Reserves or the Guard would work out best for me, but I have a dilemma. I work full-time in another career field, other than Nursing. I would like to keep my current career and yet still have a separate career in the Air Force, part-time.

    Does the Guard or Reserves have a stipulation on maintaining a fulltime job in nursing? I understand you must have certain number of hours to maintain your license, which the drill weekend and 2 weeks a year would fulfill.

    Also, are you required to have experience for the Reserves or Guard? I see mostly flight nursing and critical care jobs for Reserves and suspect they require experience.

    Thanks for the help.

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  3. by   LTinAK
    Hi Marty- Just wanted to offer my two cents. I just transitioned from Active Duty Air Force to the Air Force Reserves. I did NTP while on AD, but have never seen it offered for Reserves/Guard. Generally the Nurses in the Reserves/Guard have experience first before joining. Also, you do have a certain amount of hours that you have to be employed as a Nurse outside your military duty. I want to say it is 180 hours (but please don't quote me on that!) and you have to have your employer sign a piece of paper to verify your civilian employment, as your drill weekends/two weeks a year do not count towards it.

    You could always contact a Recruiter too. There are different ones depending on if you want to join the Reserves/Active Duty.

    Hope that helps and good luck!
  4. by   brughm
    Thanks for the info, I really appreciate your two cents. Is that 180hrs per year? Wonder if volunteer work would count?

    I realize my situation is odd!!! Who in their right mind would want two careers?

    What area do you specialize in?

  5. by   brughm
    sorry, post repeated... tried to delete
  6. by   LTinAK
    The hourly requirement is yearly. Could you get a PRN gig somewhere? I don't know if volunteer work counts, definitely something to look in to though. I worked Med-Surg for three years, then went to a clinic for two while I was AD. Now that I'm in Reserves, I have a civilian Med-Surg job, and do clinic work on my drill weekends.

    You read my mind though, your situation is a little odd :-) Good luck to you!
  7. by   SRNA4U
    Are you sure about having to work a certain number of hours as a nurse while in the reserves? I'm currently on active duty and transitioning to the reserves in Dec while I will be attending a civilian nurse anesthesia school, in which I will not be working on the side. The recruiter said it wouldn't be a problem for me while in the reserves.
  8. by   AndyRN
    Hello All,

    I am currently a Clinical Nurse in the Air Force Reserves and yes we are required to work at least 180 hours a year. There is a form that has to be signed by your supervisor/NM verifying this, just as LTinAK stated. It is my understanding that you currently have to be working as a nurse before the Air Force Reserves would even accept you. SRNA, you being in school may be a different situation. If I were you, I would contact a medical reserve unit to find out for sure. The recruiter doesn't seem too sure on this.
  9. by   SRNA4U
    Well I guess I can do 2 (12hr shifts/month) for 8 months equals 192 hrs probably through an agency or something. I really wasn't planning to work at all. Since my program is on the quarter system, we get a 1 week break at the end of every 10 week quarter. I guess I could do shifts during that time. Also, I am leaning more so towards Dover AFB for my reserve unit vs McGuire AFB, even though McGuire is a lot closer to Philly, but the Reserve Chief Nurse at Dover seemed very accomodating. McGuire has a very high ops tempo for deployment. I know for the 2 week annual tour, the Chief Nurse said I could break those up and do 1 week here and the other 1 week at another time during my breaks between the quarters. I really don't want to go IRR since I will be at 13 yrs active duty as October and would love to continue doing the drill on the weekends. I think I'll call that Chief Nurse back and get more info.