Army Nurse Corps FY2013 - page 75

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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 LauRiN
    Lizzardmommy, Soooo excited to meet you!!! I too am extremely overwhelmed (uniforms, moving, and making sure I pack everything necessary!) but filled with excitement! I "plan" on being in San Antonio on the 27th and staying with a family friend that night. As of now I am going to drive from Colorado. Let's PM and figure out details!...not sure how to PM on here yet
    PM by clickin on my name or whoevers and then selecting the PM tab! Are you driving because you want your car? I was suprised to see that for myself coming from Michigan the plane tickets are probley less than gas would cost me. Of course I will have no car while I am there which might get expensive but the drive to TX is looong and as the mother of 5 I am not used to being alone in a car for that long!
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    Quote from lizzardmommy
    Silly me...of course we do...ugh! The fun of being a girl! Do we need both regular dress shoes and pumps then too?
    I asked the same question when I was at Marow White trying everything on. They told me that as long as I have a pump, I can wear it with the pants and the skirt. However, you can't wear the regular dress shoes with the skirt. So, I ended up just getting a high gloss pump from them. The heel is so low that you don't even realize that you are wearing one.

    On the topic of girl problems, is anyone else worried about how they are going to wear their hair? I am having some major issues with this. I know what the rules and regulation are, but my hair is too short for a neat bun, and too long to wear down. I have a feeling I will be getting yelled several times for this.
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    I have been growing my hair out so I can bun or braid it. If it were too short I would probley go for a sleek short cut. I am trying to wrap my brain around the idea of no pony tails!Does anyone know if we can buy any running shoe? Everything I see says there are no regs on the running shoe.
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    That is why my wife is driving, so she has her car with her. She also drives an Accord Hybrid so the gas will be super cheap from the east coast of Florida to Ft Sam. I felt way more comfortable for her to have her own car there, so as not to depend on anyone for transportation. She also cut her hair super short. About the length of Ellens hair. So she doesnt have to spend much time messing with it. You ladies are gonna have an awesome time. You will remember the people you meet at basic for the rest of your careers, not to mention your basic is a cakewalk compared to enlisted basic. You will have time to make some close friends. Have fun while your out there, but pay attention to detail.
    Last edit by nursespouse on Feb 6, '13 : Reason: Typo
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    Quote from nursespouse
    That is why my wife is driving, so she has her car with her. She also drives an Accord Hybrid so the gas will be super cheap from the east coast of Florida to Ft Sam. I felt way more comfortable for her to have her own car there, so as not to depend on anyone for transportation. She also cut her hair super short. About the length of Ellens hair. So she doesnt have to spend much time messing with it. You ladies are gonna have an awesome time. You will remember the people you meet at basic for the rest of your careers, not to mention your basic is a cakewalk compared to enlisted basic. You will have time to make some close friends. Have fun while your out there, but pay attention to detail.
    Although it maybe a cakewalk compared to basic I am not 19 years old! The Army is getting a seasoned ICU nurse with lots of credentials however, these came with time! Thus BOLC may be seen as a cakewalk for some, but I think it is an appropriate level of difficulty for those of us who have spent years exercising our minds rather than solely our bodies. Perhaps those with cars will make some money off of those of us who are without our cars. Although ideally as an adult it is strange being dependent on others I am pretty sure it will be part of our training to learn to trust and depend on one another using the resources available to us. It's how we nurses roll. Additionally, I am sure it's frightening leaving home for the first time but it seems nothing in comparison to leaving little people you've scarcely left more than a few days since the day you first saw a + sign on a urine test 16 years earlier or the comforts of a home you have lived in for equally as long nor leaving an established job you have put years of work into or friendships you have developed along the way!i don't believe BOLC will be as physically arduous as basic however the emotional and mental journey will be significant. I pity the young man or woman who tells me that BOLC is a cakewalk once I get commissioned!
    Last edit by lizzardmommy on Feb 6, '13
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    Ughhh... Cutting my hair super short would never work for me. I guess I better go out and buy lots of clips and gel to help me practice better my hairstyle down : )
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    Lol, that was not a chest thumping comment I made about the calewalk, maybe it came out that way. The point was you will have quitealot more bonding time as compared to enlisted basic. Btw, it would be a mistake going in thinking enlisted soldiers have been solely exercising their bodies and not their minds. A large large portion of enlisted personnel have college degrees as well. Some just chose a different route. Though, I think I get your point. Just a word of advice from someone who has seen LT's be eaten alive if they approach the gap between enlisted and officer corps sideways. Good luck to all of you, I think everyone I have seen on this board is motivated enough to kick BOLC's butt.
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    Okay, let's just agree that BOLC and enlisted basic are apples and oranges. No point in comparing the two, each has their own challenges and issues, just as each person coming in has their own stressors and worries about those back home and things we may face. Bottom line up front (BLUF, you'll grow to appreciate the BLUF!), we're all there to serve. End of story.

    Regarding the hair issue, figure out now how to pin it up, get it off your collar, tame it into submission, etc. I cut my waist-length hair when I was selected and donated 20" to Locks of Love. I would not have wanted to deal with all that hair at BOLC, especially out in the field where you may not have shower access (and it took forever to wash and dry anyway, I have a serious amount of super-thick hair). But don't stand out for your hair -- figure it out now, or you will get corrected often. I am trying to grow mine out now, and can finally get it back into the world's smallest little bun-ish thing, supplemented by hair pins. It still gets fuzzy and tries to escape because it's very willful, but I look fairly respectable most of the time. LOL
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    Quote from LunahRN
    Okay, let's just agree that BOLC and enlisted basic are apples and oranges. No point in comparing the two, each has their own challenges and issues, just as each person coming in has their own stressors and worries about those back home and things we may face. Bottom line up front (BLUF, you'll grow to appreciate the BLUF!), we're all there to serve. End of story. Regarding the hair issue, figure out now how to pin it up, get it off your collar, tame it into submission, etc. I cut my waist-length hair when I was selected and donated 20" to Locks of Love. I would not have wanted to deal with all that hair at BOLC, especially out in the field where you may not have shower access (and it took forever to wash and dry anyway, I have a serious amount of super-thick hair). But don't stand out for your hair -- figure it out now, or you will get corrected often. I am trying to grow mine out now, and can finally get it back into the world's smallest little bun-ish thing, supplemented by hair pins. It still gets fuzzy and tries to escape because it's very willful, but I look fairly respectable most of the time. LOL
    I agree, I think the context of my original comment may have come across wrong. I definitely respect anyone serving their country regardless of training. My comment was really to just highlight the amount of time everyone would have to really make great friendships. Heck I amnot gonna be trying to make any of you here mad at me, it is still instinct for me to lock it up around officers. I'm a civilian but you ladies could probably shout loud enough to lock me up at attention LoL.
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    if we are scheduled for the Feb 28 BOLC with USAGPAN date are we supposed to have housing and all that figured out before we get there?? I just go notified because someone declined so its very last minute if anyone can help or give me info please contact me... thanks


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