Army Nurse Corps FY2013 - page 10

by AjaxAndronicus

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Hey everybody, I'm starting a thread here for those applying to the Army Nurse Corps in FY2013. I figure this might be a good place to get to know other future nurse corps officers and a place for the veterans of the ANC to pass... Read More


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    Quote from HooahNurse0221
    Ok first let's be real, some are not joining just to serve but for the benefits that come with serving. As a 10 year veteran during the war there was such a low number of nurses joining that the AECP program was developed. I understand the money aspect of it I do, I truly remember being an E-4 married with 2 children and having 56 dollars in the bank at times but it was my want to improve myself that showed my superiors that I was ready for promotion. When you come in as a CPT you are expected to be ready to command a company or at least be a decent XO, all major responsibilities. If you are not up to par you will find yourself up a creek without a paddle and you are rated from day 1 so when your OER comes to you there will be nothing held back and this can hurt the rest of your career. I currently work at HRC, right next to the USAREC building and have been monitoring this blog because my wife is up for selection and I just want all to be successful as the Army can be the best place in the world, but it can also keep you up at night ;-). Good luck to all and remember sometimes it is best to slowdown and learn the job then get promoted.
    I agree with you...........not everyone joins to serve, many do for the tangible things. That is what makes this whole process so frustrating. There are a select few who genuinely want to serve, maybe were not a 4.0 student however a great nurse and desire to serve yet those people who are in it for the wrong reasons..........are taking slots from the others. I am not by any means saying those asking about rank etc. aren't doing it for the right reasons........The Army Nurse Corps family, those I have met, are the reason I hope my family is afforded the opportunity to become one, followers of Christ fighting for our country! Good Luck to you all
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    Quote from armysupport
    I agree with you...........not everyone joins to serve, many do for the tangible things. That is what makes this whole process so frustrating. There are a select few who genuinely want to serve, maybe were not a 4.0 student however a great nurse and desire to serve yet those people who are in it for the wrong reasons..........are taking slots from the others. I am not by any means saying those asking about rank etc. aren't doing it for the right reasons........The Army Nurse Corps family, those I have met, are the reason I hope my family is afforded the opportunity to become one, followers of Christ fighting for our country! Good Luck to you all
    You can join for whatever reasons you like. I cannot find a wrong reason for a nurse to join the army. Almost any nurse that I know that has any experience already makes more than a captain. So the reasons to join would in my eyes be a willingness to serve. If there are nurses out there joining for the money, lol, they should seriously rethink their choices, more money can be made, if a nurse gets selected, for whatever reason, I cannot see that person as taking someone elses slot. In the eyes of the board, that person meets the needs of the Army over the other candidates not selected. The only reason I can see someone not getting selected, is of course a quota being met, or that were better candidates for the position. Someone said they should hear back within a couple days. I really hope that is the case. The anxiety is so thick you could cut it with a knife.
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    Nursespouse you got it down pat! I agree! -- I keep hearing word we will find out this week but who knows! Nothing is ever set in stone with the military as you all know. Hey armysupport what did you apply for? Have you worked as a nurse before? Is anyone on this blog still a student?
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    Quote from armysupport
    Did they say WHY not until next week? My recruiter told me yesterday, that it would be in the next 2 days
    Not sure, he has told me in the past that RN boards take awhile to get results. My guess and this is speculation, that the grad school and hpsp officer will know first, the not approved packets will know next. Those selected for active duty might be getting orders for forcecom or med com and that might take a week or so( I.e. how many RNs does ft.sam need etc..) and the rest will be oml for active duty or they will be offered reserve commissions....just speculating, good luck, hurry up and wait
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    Hi everyone. I saw the thread and wanted to say hi....I too am waiting on board results from Nov 5th. I have been accepted to NEU/USAGPAN, and waiting on the board for a DA route commission. I spoke with my recuiter an hour ago, and he said he still expects to hear news before the end of the week.

    I am a nurse with 8 years experience, and they gave me just short of 4 years constructive time and 1LT. I was told my next advancement wouldnt be too far off.

    Glad I'm not alone in this nail biting boat waiting for board results!!! Good luck to all of you

    Liz
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    I have served as a retention NCO and let me tell you, yes on the front end you make a little more than a civilian nurse, but between the medical benefits and all totaled financial benefits not just base pay and retirement you make much more as an Army nurse!! The biggest thing is that retirement!! BUt you are right some join for different reasons and that is the wonderful thing about the Army, all have different reasons for being there but you will see those reasons affect the attitudes of those around you as you progress through your career. What the original post was meant to get across is that promotion is almost automatic until you make Major, so instead of chasing rank, get all of the schools to include your own civilian certs and concentrate on being a good leader!! A civilian nurse has responsibilities, but trust me once you are in uniform and an officer you are looked at by 4 times as many eyes, some for leadership, some for patient care and some for evaluation. I am a Warrant Officer and have been doing this since I was 17 years old. Do not be to proud to take advice sometimes the best leaders just LISTEN!!!!!!
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    Quote from Irishliz
    Hi everyone. I saw the thread and wanted to say hi....I too am waiting on board results from Nov 5th. I have been accepted to NEU/USAGPAN, and waiting on the board for a DA route commission. I spoke with my recuiter an hour ago, and he said he still expects to hear news before the end of the week.

    I am a nurse with 8 years experience, and they gave me just short of 4 years constructive time and 1LT. I was told my next advancement wouldnt be too far off.

    Glad I'm not alone in this nail biting boat waiting for board results!!! Good luck to all of you

    Liz
    Every thing I have read, has been that you can get constructive credit to help for TiG, Time in grade, that you get 1/2 year, or 6 months, for every year of constructive credit, and that you will get 6 months for every approved certification up to three years. Everytime I have seen it in reg, it has always stated up to three years. I am hearing alot of people say they are getting constructive credit for more than that.
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    Quote from nursespouse
    You can join for whatever reasons you like. I cannot find a wrong reason for a nurse to join the army. Almost any nurse that I know that has any experience already makes more than a captain. So the reasons to join would in my eyes be a willingness to serve. If there are nurses out there joining for the money, lol, they should seriously rethink their choices, more money can be made, if a nurse gets selected, for whatever reason, I cannot see that person as taking someone elses slot. In the eyes of the board, that person meets the needs of the Army over the other candidates not selected. The only reason I can see someone not getting selected, is of course a quota being met, or that were better candidates for the position. Someone said they should hear back within a couple days. I really hope that is the case. The anxiety is so thick you could cut it with a knife.
    I apologize for the way that comes across, that isnt at all I guess how I mean it but I cant articulate what I am feeling perhaps. I have worked in a nursing school for so long to know not everyone is about the serving, many it is student loan repayment and they DRED being a soldier.......perhaps i am jaded from that........but I agree anyone can go into the service for whatever their reason, so I apologize if I offended anyone that was by no means my intent!
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    Quote from HooahNurse0221
    I have served as a retention NCO and let me tell you, yes on the front end you make a little more than a civilian nurse, but between the medical benefits and all totaled financial benefits not just base pay and retirement you make much more as an Army nurse!! The biggest thing is that retirement!! BUt you are right some join for different reasons and that is the wonderful thing about the Army, all have different reasons for being there but you will see those reasons affect the attitudes of those around you as you progress through your career. What the original post was meant to get across is that promotion is almost automatic until you make Major, so instead of chasing rank, get all of the schools to include your own civilian certs and concentrate on being a good leader!! A civilian nurse has responsibilities, but trust me once you are in uniform and an officer you are looked at by 4 times as many eyes, some for leadership, some for patient care and some for evaluation. I am a Warrant Officer and have been doing this since I was 17 years old. Do not be to proud to take advice sometimes the best leaders just LISTEN!!!!!!
    I am not too proud, to take good advice. I have to say, no, on making more in the army. Again , maybe this depends on where you live. I know rural nurses make a little less, but if you put the same time in as a civilian nurse , that you would as an Army nurse, you will make far and away more money on the civilian side, or at least my wife does in our city. She is a ANM for a floor, and has mre than 4 years experience, so she makes a little mroe than a starting nurse. Yes, with retirement (if you stay in for 20 years, most do not) it helps. I understand that you are apparently a little upset, due to all the caps lock and "!!!!!!", but my point is for you to come out and accuse these candidates of just chasing rank for worrying about pay, is a little much, and noone said they would not take your advice, just clearing up the air, that they arent chasing rank. I think it goes without saying, that most know they are in a leadership roll, and that the supervision and judging in the Army can be a bit much, but worrying about other things like getting your rank correct from the start, and the length of time it takes to be promoted, are no less important, than learning your job. I would think if a young officer comes into the military, not caring about what happens when they get there, and not knowing about their rank and how soon they can be promoted, that the officer in question isnt very coordinated, and doesnt plan ahead. Getting things straight before it happens is a good hallmark for any officer in the Army. Good leaders do LISTEN, but good leaders are also well informed.
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    Quote from armysupport
    I apologize for the way that comes across, that isnt at all I guess how I mean it but I cant articulate what I am feeling perhaps. I have worked in a nursing school for so long to know not everyone is about the serving, many it is student loan repayment and they DRED being a soldier.......perhaps i am jaded from that........but I agree anyone can go into the service for whatever their reason, so I apologize if I offended anyone that was by no means my intent!
    No no, I didnt take it that way, just pointing out that, slots are not one persons, and if you are selected it will be because of the merits of your resume upto the day the board met. No doubt some that make it in, are lousy soldiers, and realize that the army was not for them. Happens everyday, I kinda understand what you meant.


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