Army Nurse Corps FY2013 - page 12
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
- 0Nov 14, '12 by AjaxAndronicusQuote from lizzardmommySecond that. beers at the cove on a bolc weekend when (hopefully) we get commissioned!I think the stress is getting to all of us! I feel like this waiting period and reading all of your posts as made me even more certain of my desire to serve and more anxious for a decision. Praying for us all!
- 1Nov 15, '12 by nursespouseQuote from HooahNurse0221On 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.LOL. I guess I just want all leaders to be good, knowleadgable ones, with a form knowledge of at least the basics.
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.
- 0Nov 15, '12 by Pixie.RN Asst. AdminQuote from HooahNurse0221I 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.LOL. I guess I just want all leaders to be good, knowleadgable ones, with a form knowledge of at least the basics.
- 0Nov 15, '12 by Pixie.RN Asst. AdminQuote from nursespouseI 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??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.
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*