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Army Nurse Corps FY2013 - page 10

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... Read More

  1. Visit  nursespouse profile page
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    Quote from HooahNurse0221
    LOL. I guess I just want all leaders to be good, knowleadgable ones, with a form knowledge of at least the basics.
    On that note, have any of the hopefuls tried to study sme of the FM's. A few to keep in mind, that may help you before your BOLC are.

    FM 3-25.26 Land Nav
    FM 3-21.5 Drill and Ceremony
    Fm 3-22.9 M16/m4 familiarization

    If you can get familiar with these 3, and ace the PT test, I guarantee it will make your training experience So much easier, and better prepared leaders also.
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    Quote from HooahNurse0221
    LOL. I guess I just want all leaders to be good, knowleadgable ones, with a form knowledge of at least the basics.
    I understand your point. To be honest, even though I'd been an ER nurse for nearly three years, I was perfectly happy to slide into my first duty station as a 2LT (I was promoted just less than a month later to 1LT due to constructive credit). Doesn't matter your position -- when people see a CPT, they expect a leader who is capable of leading in the Army way. I knew how to be a good ER nurse, but marrying up my ER talent with Army leadership and all that goes with it took a little time. It's just not the same thing as the civilian world at all -- there are more dimensions due to the Army part of the equation.
  3. Visit  Pixie.RN profile page
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    Quote from nursespouse
    If you can get familiar with these 3, and ace the PT test, I guarantee it will make your training experience So much easier, and better prepared leaders also.
    I would definitely go over drill & ceremony. Those who are chosen for commission will also get a nice (not-so-little) Army Officers Handbook that will be helpful -- my recruiter had one for me when I signed my final contract. Regarding Land Nav and your weapons, we spent a lot of time in classrooms and out in the field on both of those things, so maybe not as big a deal if you can't get to those topics, but they will certainly be less daunting if you arrive with half a clue. I loved Land Nav! I am a dork. My instructors told me, "direct commissions never get it the first time." Haha. Guess what, buddy??

    By the way, at BOLC we didn't have to qualify with our weapons -- it was just "familiarization." It amounts to a lot of free ammo and fun! When you get to your first duty station, make sure to let your OIC/NCOIC know that you need to go to the range, just to get it done while it's fresh. I was more than 1.5 years out of BOLC when I finally went to the M16 range, and I felt like I had to learn it all over again (although we'd done things like the functions check after reassembly so many times at BOLC that it came back quickly, haha). I qualified easily with the M16 -- no easy feat as that weapon is darn near as tall as I am! Take all opportunities to practice with the weapons when you can. If there is extra ammo after a day at the range, those in charge will often look to burn the ammo rather than account for it and transport it back, so they may offer to let people fire a few extra times. Although I'm not sure we had much extra ammo at BOLC -- lots of people and several tries for some to zero their weapons.

    And I agree about the PT test, I cannot stress preparing for the PT test enough -- this is a BIG DEAL. You will have a much easier time if you pass your first record PT test, one less thing to worry about. You will take a diagnostic within a few days of arriving at Ft. Sam, but arrive there knowing where you stand already.

    Can't wait to hear all the good news from you guys!! *fingers crossed*
  4. Visit  HooahNurse0221 profile page
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    Quote from nursespouse
    On that note, have any of the hopefuls tried to study sme of the FM's. A few to keep in mind, that may help you before your BOLC are.

    FM 3-25.26 Land Nav
    FM 3-21.5 Drill and Ceremony
    Fm 3-22.9 M16/m4 familiarization

    If you can get familiar with these 3, and ace the PT test, I guarantee it will make your training experience So much easier, and better prepared leaders also.
    along with these make sure you look into fm 7-22 which we just published which is the new PRT. It is very important you know this as the PT program has completely evolved in a good way from back in the day. Plus if you can show up to school knowing all of the prepatory drills by heart you will look squared away and be a step ahead. Here is an acronym to remember

    Be- Bend and Reach
    Right- Rear Lunge
    Here- High Jumper
    Real- Rower
    Soon- Squat Bender
    We- Windmill
    Found- Foward Lunge
    Pennies- Prone Row
    Behind-Bent Leg Body Twist
    Poppy's- Pushups

    And most importantly read up on what a pentathlete leader is and get into fm 6-22, especially apendix B which is counseling. And one last thing, understand the Be, Know, and do concept.
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    Adding to the info about PRT ... there is a free Android app -- the Army Pocket PT Guide. 140 page of good info, including the drills mentioned above. Also, 550cord.com has an Army Fitness Calculator that will calculate PT scores and show you min/max for all APFT events.
  6. Visit  Nursing STUD-ent profile page
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    I have been following this post for a few months now, and like the rest of you, I am waiting not-so-patiently for a phone call telling me the news. I am a prior enlisted and have been nursing for about 5 years now. Unfortunately, I will not recieve constructive credit for my experience, as I have been working and living in Canada, and while I have the education and work equivalincy of an associate degree RN, the Army doesn't recognize it at all. But I will graduate with my BScN in May, and hope to go to Fort Sam Houston soon after that. I don't mind that I will enter as a 2nd LT, and I don't mind that with my wife quitting her job, and me quitting mine, we will be taking a $100 000 pay cut in the first year. I want to serve again, and I have seen enough of the civilian side of nursing to know that I need something different.
    I know that the past few days have been really tense for me and everyone else who is waiting for news. As of yesterday the news that I got from my recruiter is this: "I just called brigade, the board for the nurses under 2 years of experience is still pending." It isn't much to go on, but at least we know that we haven't been passed over yet.
    I really hope that this board can return to a place of mutual support and information sharing, and that we can avoid the abberations of yesterday. There will be more stress and frustration in our futures, both for those selected, and those who are not. We need to continue to be supportive of each other, and not turn on each other when the going gets tough.
    Good luck everyone, and I hope to be fortunate enough to meet some of you at Fort Sam next year.
    Ryan
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    Our recruiter told us yesterday "results are done but not released, my commander is trying to get ahold of them"
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    If you could make that happen it would be awesome. This anticipation sucks.
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    Hello! I have not posted on here before but I was waiting in the wings with you all. I am a CRNA with 4 years working experience joining the Army Reserves. I just received word from my recruiter that I was selected from last week's board. I look forward to joining you all, and hope that you receive your good news soon!
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    Quote from vtrobinson
    If you could make that happen it would be awesome. This anticipation sucks.
    Recruiters will not share information about other potentials besides their own; you're going to have to wait to hear from your own recruiter. I know, the waiting is awful. Good luck!
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    Quote from Maura
    Hello! I have not posted on here before but I was waiting in the wings with you all. I am a CRNA with 4 years working experience joining the Army Reserves. I just received word from my recruiter that I was selected from last week's board. I look forward to joining you all, and hope that you receive your good news soon!
    Congratulations!!! I think you will have a blast. Not to mention you will be joining the number 1 CRNA school in the world.
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    Quote from LunahRN
    Recruiters will not share information about other potentials besides their own; you're going to have to wait to hear from your own recruiter. I know, the waiting is awful. Good luck!
    Congrats on your selection!!!
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  13. Visit  Maura profile page
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    Thank you. I graduated from the number 3 school for nurse anesthesia, but I know the training pales in comparison to what I would've learned had I gone the Army route from the get go. But life choices get in the way, and the military was not an option at that time.
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