Army, Air Force, Navy -What fits personality better? - page 2

:banghead: This new thread is to ask for help in choosing what branch of the military to serve in as a nurse of my personality. They're so different in many ways, & it is becoming increasingly tough... Read More

  1. by   DUECSON
    frozztozznak, good observation. I do agree. I've served in the AFR, but work for the Army as a civilian LPN. The Army is very much a force of unity. My Head Nurse says he came back to the Army because AF was to laxed.
  2. by   olivedrab
    Quote from DanznRN
    I think the Army will take you with your ADN and you will be enlisted.
    Army nurses are all officers. Reserves accept ADN and Diploma RNs, but to be Active you need a BSN.

    from http://www.goarmy.com/amedd/nurse/co...ies_requir.jsp


    To qualify for an appointment as an Officer in the Army Nurse Corps, you must:
    • Meet the prescribed medical and moral standards for appointment as a commissioned Officer
    • Be a United States citizen
    • Have an associate's degree in nursing or a three-year nursing diploma or a bachelor of science in nursing for Reserve; have a bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN) from an accredited school of nursing for Active Duty
    • Have a valid, unrestricted RN license
    • Be 21-46 years of age
  3. by   DanznRN
    Ah, I stand corrected, it's reserve vs. active duty, got it, thanks.

    LCDR Dan
  4. by   tiggertoo
    What is the age limit for the Air Force? Is there a difference in the age limits for the reserves vs active duty. Does anyone know of a good resource for finding out what it is really like to working as a nurses in the army vs. Air Force, active vs reserves. I am a 45 yo, BSN nurse with < one year hospital acute care experience.
  5. by   IraBeaOasis
    Care&Joy,
    Well, I just joined the Army Reserve as a 66H8A critical care RN. I was a medic 91Bravo in the Army in the early 80's and a medic 90250 in the AirForce in the late 80's - early 90's. When I decided to go back in I looked into an Airforce reserve commission but chose the Army Reserve instead. One of the reasons was the unit I joined was the type I was most looking to be a part of, and it was closer to my home for weekend drills. The main reason I " go green " though is the much higher espirit-de-corps and team -work ethos of my prior Army experiance as compared to the AirForce. I always felt the Army took care of it's own better. the USAF does have some bucks to spend on better housing / recreation facilities, if that is a factor for you to consider...
    Regards,
    Eric
  6. by   IraBeaOasis
    Oh, yea, an the Army's got some snappy blues to wear too...

    Cheers!
    Eric
  7. by   Care&Joy
    Quote from frozztozznak
    wow! a place i feel like i fit in on here. i am a military spouse, who is a nurse. i have been around the army for the past 13 years and currently i am working for the air force. i have seen good days and bad for both services. one of the biggest differences i see between these two services is the cohesion. in the army, it seems that it is one big family. some days, we are one big happy family and others a great big disfunctional one. still all working together for one goal. my spouse is currently adaf( a change he made nearly 2 years ago) there is no cohesion in the af. it seems to me that everyone is for themselves, how, who, and when do i need to !!
    hi there 'frozztozznak'! it was great hearing from your experience! i know everybody has their own opinions & experiences w/ each branch, but i must say that i feel pretty comfy w/ my choice. i visited an army reservist office yesterday (going w/ someone else) & saw firsthand the very friendly attitude towards others & those who were new there. it was very inviting, & i felt like i could fit in & be trained in a way that was healthy. everyone was doing their respective jobs & yet willing to help the others when they could.
    my meps physical is monday, so i hope i pass!
  8. by   Gennaver
    Quote from tiggertoo
    What is the age limit for the Air Force? Is there a difference in the age limits for the reserves vs active duty. Does anyone know of a good resource for finding out what it is really like to working as a nurses in the army vs. Air Force, active vs reserves. I am a 45 yo, BSN nurse with < one year hospital acute care experience.

    Tiggertoo,

    The Army reserves takes until 46, (unless there are very, very special circumstances) and the last time I checked the Air Force and Navy cut off sooner than the Army. For active duty Army the limit is 42, (I will be 41 and at "the" limit when I hope to go in).

    If Military is your choice, then check it out now. The paperwork can take a couple of months and you may want to at least inquire soon to discover what you need to know to make a choice in time, if you so choose.
    Gen
  9. by   Gennaver
    Quote from Care&Joy
    My meps physical is Monday, so I hope I pass!

    Hi Care and Joy,

    Check out the meps website too, okay? I found it helpful, especially the advice from meps about to expect, what you will do and what they do and do not want to hear about.


    Good luck!
    U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command

    The portion of the link with the ASVAB shouldn't be important for you:
    U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command
  10. by   Care&Joy
    Quote from IraBeaOasis
    Care&Joy,
    Well, I just joined the Army Reserve as a 66H8A critical care RN. I was a medic 91Bravo in the Army in the early 80's and a medic 90250 in the AirForce in the late 80's - early 90's. When I decided to go back in I looked into an Airforce reserve commission but chose the Army Reserve instead. One of the reasons was the unit I joined was the type I was most looking to be a part of, and it was closer to my home for weekend drills. The main reason I " go green " though is the much higher espirit-de-corps and team -work ethos of my prior Army experiance as compared to the AirForce. I always felt the Army took care of it's own better. the USAF does have some bucks to spend on better housing / recreation facilities, if that is a factor for you to consider...
    Regards,
    Eric
    Thank you, Eric, for further viewpoints that help me to confirm the decision I've made. Cohesiveness, teamwork, & watching eachother's backs is more important to me than money/housing/recreation at this time in my life. It's in that kind of environment that helps me to grow academically, which is very important to me as I go for my BSN & on. This whole military forum (thanks Allnurses! has been SO helpful as I researched which branch may fit me better. Thank you to all the people (Navy, Army, & Air Force!) who've responded here in this thread & in other threads to be honest in their pros & cons. Honesty definitely gives you the most informed decision!umpiron:
    Even though some of the test results have to still come in & cleared, I cleared the MEPS today. Next is finishing all the details & reference letters for my application! Have a happy & blessed Thanksgiving!!!!

    Holly
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Best of luck with your decision process and future career aspirations!
  12. by   IraBeaOasis
    Best of luck, Care&Joy, let us know how it all pans out for you...
    Eric
  13. by   Care&Joy
    Quote from Gennaver
    Hi Care and Joy,

    Check out the meps website too, okay? I found it helpful, especially the advice from meps about to expect, what you will do and what they do and do not want to hear about.


    Good luck!
    U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command

    The portion of the link with the ASVAB shouldn't be important for you:
    U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command
    Hey Gen,
    You said that you received your 'unofficial' welcome letter, but I was wondering, how long after your meps physical did you you get the letter? I was curious what kind of contact I would get after I had mine (meps) earlier this week, even though my application is still in the process of being completed. I was chuckling when you stated all the addresses, etc, you had to review on your application, as I have tons of addresses, etc, also. I've moved so much that past few years. My recruiter was groaning at all the things he'd have to type down, ha ha.

    Holly

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