Air Force vs Navy?

  1. 0 I am going to graduate in May with my BSN and I'm exploring all of my nursing options including the Air Force and the Navy. I really want to travel and see the US and the world as soon as possible. I was wondering if anyone new which branch offers the most traveling opportunities? Also I would like to hear from some Air Force and Navy nurses to hear their experiences with both branches. I want to know everything that you have to offer. Also does anyone know the chances of deployment right off the bat after I join the military as a nurse? Thanks so much.
    Emily
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    35 Years Old; Joined Apr '04; Posts: 1.

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  4. Visit  Calfax profile page
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    I'd like to say that the airforce is hands-down the best trained, most highly motivated, hardest-working crew of nurses around.....but it just ain't true.

    The best kept secret in military nursing is the Navy Nurse Corps.....and you can find us in the bar.
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    Quote from Calfax
    I'd like to say that the airforce is hands-down the best trained, most highly motivated, hardest-working crew of nurses around.....but it just ain't true.

    The best kept secret in military nursing is the Navy Nurse Corps.....and you can find us in the bar.

    Oh man that is too funny! :hatparty:
    I speak as a Navy Reservist RN...you can't go wrong either way. Navy= better locations to live. Airforce= better working conditions. Good luck.
  6. Visit  Calfax profile page
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    Nah......it's all good no matter which branch you join.
  7. Visit  jnette profile page
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    Guiess you could also narrow it down to which uniforms you prefer... :chuckle ...I always thought the Air Force uniforms were rather flattering. I was just a mere medical corpsman at the time, but our uniforms were all the same.
    Last edit by jnette on Apr 24, '04
  8. Visit  Dr. Gonzo profile page
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    Dont know that much about air force 1 thing i know for sure is that you probably wont see combat. But if you do wanna travel join the air force thats all they do is travel from place to place thats what a friend of mine who was in the air force told me if you wanna see the world join the air force.
    Last edit by Dr. Gonzo on Apr 27, '04
  9. Visit  Kora0880 profile page
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    Quote from Dr. Gonzo
    Dont know that much about air force 1 thing i know for sure is that you probably wont see combat. But if you do wanna travel join the air force thats all they do is travel from place to place thats what a friend of mine who was in the air force told me if you wanna see the world join the air force.
    To say that's all they do is travel is rather ignorant. After all it's not a travel club. Relocation is a part of every branch. I personally chose the NAVY, and I assure you not because it is a "booze cruise." It is a serious com#####ent and a great opportunity.

    Good luck,
  10. Visit  Dr. Gonzo profile page
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    If you wannabe stuck in a fleet or sub join the navy.
    Last edit by Dr. Gonzo on Apr 27, '04
  11. Visit  Calfax profile page
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    Actually, the airforce does see some combat.....they have a deployable platform where the medical personnel jump into a combat zone carrying every thing they need to man a stripped down battalion aid station type of facilty for 48 hrs. these units get forward deployed and have on staff, you guessed it, a nurse.

    In their new blue cammies, the effect is like watching a band of smurfs fall out of the back of a plane. I don't know what the enemy would think, but I swore I heard them sing "Lalalalalah.....la,la,la,lah." on the way down.

    Join the Navy....never jump out of a perfectly good airplane.
  12. Visit  traumaRUs profile page
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    I joined the Navy - the uniforms are too cool. Hubby looked quite cute in his Air Force blues though - hmmmm
  13. Visit  zman profile page
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    If you are considering both, make it known to both recruiters that you would like to visit an active hospital for an extended weekend. They have funds for just such trips, though I can't guarantee whether you will have much of a choice of which base or method of travel (drive vs. fly). They will put you up on base, show you the exchange (shopping center), the fitness facilities, and usually the bowling alley (oh joy!). On your trip ask to speak with several people both with the recruiters listening in and without; this can usually be accomplished by letting it known that you want to spend a night on the town with some new lieutenants (AF) or ensigns (Navy).

    Remember that your base pay and benefits will be equal no matter in which branch you serve, though your housing money will vary depending on where you are assigned (i.e. you get more money for housing in San Diego than San Antonio). Speaking of which, if you have your heart set on a particular base or area of the country, don't be afraid to play smart poker and hold out for a week or so as the recruiter badgers the assignment folks. Be honest, be polite, be professional, and remember that they are as interested in signing you up as you are in getting your base of choice. Some bases can take 'one more' and some can't.

    I am in the AF, and we usually wait a year before deploying brand-new nurses. Of my year group (entered in '99) some peers have done two desert rotations (from 3-7 months) and some haven't done any. Some folks have seen the world and some have seen Texas.

    Either way, if it is adventure and travel you seek, give either a try and make the most of the opportunities that you find.
  14. Visit  sunnyjohn profile page
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    I think anyone who does this deserves all our thanks....
  15. Visit  smurfnurse profile page
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    I am an Air Force Nurse-- here's what I think... I agree with whoever said you can't go wrong either way-- Air Force and Navy have the best nurses in the world. I love Air Force nursing. I don't know much about navy, but all the Navy nurses I've met have really impressed me, so I'm sure they're great. We do deploy and we do see combat, everyone does right now, so be ready for that if you join. You'll make the best friends you've ever had and you'll see the world. Right now flight nurses are deploying 8 out of 12 months, but I'm a hospital nurse currently and will probably no deploy until next year because I'm a new grad. Air Force is a great way to see the world, but so is Navy. I would visit a base of each and check out the housing, meet some new nurses and talk to them. Talk to some old nurses too who've been around to help you decide what's best for you. If you want to travel and don't want to join, travel nursing is paying big buck right now too. PS- we may look like smurfs in our uniforms, but I think jumping out of perfectly good planes for a living is fun!


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