Army Nurse Candidate Program??

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    Hi everyone, I'm Renee and I am almost 98% sure that I will be starting the process to join the ANCP within the next couple of weeks. I spoke with a healthcare recruiter and even had the greatest opportunity to speak to the "nurse" in person that is in charge of the nursing dept in my area who has served for almost 20 years. I was really blown away when i first spoke to the recruiter about all the incentives in joining ANCP, but was really impressed when i spoke to the nurse and got to hear her experiences in the army and how she felt about my decisions. She even went into the good and bad and didn't seem to sugarcoat anything. I wanted to talk to the navy and see what they had to offer, and they seem to have a great branch, but their program does not offer as much as the army. I was even told by them today that there is no loan repayment with the program (even with active duty), whereas the army will pay up to $114k for active duty, plus the sign on bonus, along with the stipend.. so my decision was pretty much made there. I'm still waiting on hearing from the Air force recruiter to hear what they have going on.. with all that being said, I just wanted to meet and talk with anyone else who is considering the army nurse candidate program and maybe we can keep in touch on our decisions... I'm a little nervous and scared about the whole army thing, but I have a nudge that's telling me to do it.... talk to you all soon... let me know what's going on with you and your process
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    I'm doing the ancp program as well, ive also been through all the branches and the army definately has the most to offer, especially if you plan on going to grad school like i am(anesthesia) and they will pay your salary as a nurse while youre in school + plus pay for grad school ...didnt know if you knew that already but wanted to throw it out there. my friend just finished nursing school and is leaving for officer training and working at walter reed in DC, he says hes never been screwed over..sooo let me know how you progress!!
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    hey, i messaged you!!
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    Quote from renee4christ
    hi everyone, i'm renee and i am almost 98% sure that i will be starting the process to join the ancp within the next couple of weeks. i spoke with a healthcare recruiter and even had the greatest opportunity to speak to the "nurse" in person that is in charge of the nursing dept in my area who has served for almost 20 years. i was really blown away when i first spoke to the recruiter about all the incentives in joining ancp, but was really impressed when i spoke to the nurse and got to hear her experiences in the army and how she felt about my decisions. she even went into the good and bad and didn't seem to sugarcoat anything. i wanted to talk to the navy and see what they had to offer, and they seem to have a great branch, but their program does not offer as much as the army. i was even told by them today that there is no loan repayment with the program (even with active duty), whereas the army will pay up to $114k for active duty, plus the sign on bonus, along with the stipend.. so my decision was pretty much made there. i'm still waiting on hearing from the air force recruiter to hear what they have going on.. with all that being said, i just wanted to meet and talk with anyone else who is considering the army nurse candidate program and maybe we can keep in touch on our decisions... i'm a little nervous and scared about the whole army thing, but i have a nudge that's telling me to do it.... talk to you all soon... let me know what's going on with you and your process:d

    hi, i just wanted to see if i could get some clarification on this... i was under the impression from my recruiter that if you entered the ancp and received the stipend, that you would not be eligible to also receive the loan repayment option... is this true?
    s
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    you are correct. if you sign the ancp you will be excluded from the loan replayment program. and trust me, the army will hold you to this little clause. i did the ancp from 05-07 and came on active duty. as soon as i started at oblc i started asking about this because i was given conflicting information. this is when i found out that i was not eligible for loan repayment, even though direct commission can get it.
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    Quote from Rme4life
    you are correct. if you sign the ancp you will be excluded from the loan replayment program. and trust me, the army will hold you to this little clause. i did the ancp from 05-07 and came on active duty. as soon as i started at oblc i started asking about this because i was given conflicting information. this is when i found out that i was not eligible for loan repayment, even though direct commission can get it.

    Thanks for your response! The ANCP money would help a lot while I am in school, but I will still end up with quite a lump of loans... I will probably wait and take the LRP. (although I guess I will still have to come up with 33% of that amount too)

    Will the LRP pay for any of my private loans also?

    So many decisions!
    Thanks
    S
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    i'm so glad that you are have gotten clarification on the ancp.. my recruiter failed to inform me of what i eventually found out after posting this. you guys are awesome!
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    Due to recent changes in my spouse's working situation, I am now thinking that i may end up needing to go with the Nurse Candidate Program for the added cash flow while I finish my BSN... But I have a few questions perhaps some of you can answer...

    I understand that I can receive up to 24 months of stipend with the NCP, and would like to make maximum use of the benefit.... SO:

    1: Is the application process as long and drawn out as it seems the commissioning process is? Does it entail the full packet as if I were commissioning (ie. security Background check, physical) How early can I start the application process for the NCP?

    2: I am starting my Sophomore year this month and graduate May, 2012, so should I apply soon in order to be accepted into the program by the beginning of my Junior year (Aug 2010)?

    3: it is my understanding that, while in the NCP, I will be entered "in the system" as an E-4 for tracking purposes (I will be contracted, and should I not pass my boards, would be enlisted into the Army as an E-4)...I am sure this time will not count toward retirement, but what about TIS for pay purposes (like IRR time)?

    4: Does acceptance into the NCP guarontee a comissioning into the ANC (assuming I pass the Boards)?
    It would be nice for some peace of mind in that respect, knowing I have a job waiting on me when i graduate.

    I am still hoping to be able to hold out for the Student Loan Repayment, but I need to really revisit this possibility. Any and all advice/information will be greatly appreciated.
    LA40

    P.S. yes... I am still here...lol
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    Bump...
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    Hey lifeafter40, did you ever get answers to your questions and did you decide on the Nurse candidate program. I am looking into but I seem to get the run around from my local recruiting office.


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