Air Force Update

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    Just got off the phone with the recruiter....

    As of right now, there is NO NTP board next year for new nurses. All scheduled boards for NTP have been cancelled. In addition, nurses now must have at least ONE YEAR of experience to be a Fully Qualified Applicant, previously it was 6 months. The next Fully Qualified Nurse Applicant Board is tentatively scheduled for the July-August 2011 time frame. So as of right now, the quickest way to become a member of the USAF is to be registered/accepted into a Masterís program in one of the three following categories: Family Nurse Practioner, Mental Health, and Nurse Anethetist. Applicants would have to be approved for the HPLS scholarship and commission into the Air Force as an officer, then they would be put into the inactive reserve (serve 46 days active duty per year) while they complete their Masterís Degree (allow 2 years to complete). Once completed they would be obligated to serve a 36 month contract.

    As mentioned elsewhere, the Air Force, along with other branches of the military, are not hurting for Nurses currently.

    It is a little frustrating to me, but I had already planned to work a year a nurse before leaving for the Air Force, so I still have a chance at the Fully Qualified board next year.
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    Are you sure this is true? I am in the process of applying for the NTP course for the nurse corps and haven't heard this from my recruiter...Last I heard we are suppose to be setting up an interview for next month. I am from the midwest area but I can't imagine this would be different based on location...

    Either way I hope that's incorrect because I was looking forward to hopefully getting in! =S
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    Quote from KristaD
    Are you sure this is true? I am in the process of applying for the NTP course for the nurse corps and haven't heard this from my recruiter...Last I heard we are suppose to be setting up an interview for next month. I am from the midwest area but I can't imagine this would be different based on location...

    Either way I hope that's incorrect because I was looking forward to hopefully getting in! =S
    Really? What location are you working with (where is your recruiter located)? Just out of curiosity, are you working now as a registered nurse? I would be not very happy if i found out that my recruiter was lying to me.
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    My recruiter is located out of Nebraska. I believe he is in charge of six states. I am not working as a registered nurse yet. I am going to be graduating May 2011 so I am suppose to be applying for the NTP board and I believe RN's with experience are going on a separate board. My recruiter has been INCREDIBLY difficult to get a hold of and I hope it isn't him just ignoring me and not wanting to break the bad news! But the last week in September we were getting ready to set up an interview for November...This is frustrating, I would really like to know whats going on for sure! I wish they would keep us in the loop more!!
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    Quote from KristaD
    My recruiter is located out of Nebraska. I believe he is in charge of six states. I am not working as a registered nurse yet. I am going to be graduating May 2011 so I am suppose to be applying for the NTP board and I believe RN's with experience are going on a separate board. My recruiter has been INCREDIBLY difficult to get a hold of and I hope it isn't him just ignoring me and not wanting to break the bad news! But the last week in September we were getting ready to set up an interview for November...This is frustrating, I would really like to know whats going on for sure! I wish they would keep us in the loop more!!

    My recruiter is also located out of Nebraska, in Bellevue actually. I think it can only be one of two people. I think we could hve very well met with the same recruiter.
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    I e-mailed him asking about it yesterday and he just got back to me saying that they did in fact cancel the board but have one scheduled for April 2011 with a deadline in March...Bummer!

    Kind of glad I had looked into the Army and applying to that as well. I really had my heart set on the Air Force but I guess there isn't much we can do!
    Last edit by traumaRUs on Oct 21, '10 : Reason: Name deleted - please don't post people's names
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    I have talked to ****** a couple of times, but have been working mainly with Sgt ************. Was the April board for the NTP? I think it would be nice if we knew the board dates in writing. As far as joining the Army or the Air Force, I would pick which ever branch would be a better fit for you. A couple of months more of waiting really isn't going to be a big deal and would allow you time to get your NCLEX passed with less stress.
    Last edit by traumaRUs on Oct 21, '10 : Reason: Please don't people's names
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    Yes, the April board was for NTP April 5th I believe he said with an application cutoff of march 8th. My Army package was sent to the boards today so that is already rolling. I just really want to do military nursing--Plus it makes me really nervous that they might push the boards back AGAIN.

    If it comes down to it and I do end up enjoying being a military nurse I might transfer branches. I am probably still going to try for the Air Force and NTP. It is such a letdown knowing that they cancelled it! Are you graduating this May?
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    I have already graduated from nursing school. I started my first nursing job at the beginning of September. Personally I wouldn't mind going to NTP, but my recruiter wants me to wait until I am fully qualified.
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    I also talked to my recruiter and it is true... the NTP board is April 2011.


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