Army Nurse Corps FY2013 - page 76

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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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    Haha! Sorry for my passion in my earlier post! I have just heard the easy bit from quite a few people lately not to mention all kinds of other sexist comments on who will take care of my kids and isn't my place at home etc! Ugh! I feel a bit like what I imagine a rapid cycling bipolar patient feels lately. Lately I go through every emotion in like an hour laughing and crying while trying to strategize life decisions! I am almost wishey washy enough to go out and hack my hair off! J/k!
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    Last year I left my home on Feb 14 for a Mar 1 report date. Work backwards from your report date. Feb 28 - 10 days TLE - approved travel time if driving = day to move. We looked at rentals each night online as we made the drive out here....

    Congrats on getting in-- do you have orders yet? If not, make some calls..... as soon as you have orders then call a transportation office to arrange pick up of your household goods...
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    Quote from kirb32
    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
    Congrats Kirb. I am not scheduled to report until mid March I think because I don't have to attend pre-BOLC. Since we are permanent party we are supposed to have off post housing. I have been in contact with a realtor AKA (relocation specialist) that I got through AHRS.. look into it. He has been extremely helpful and sent me a list of houses for rent. I have been researching local apartments around the area as well and have found some that look nice but its hard it's hard to tell by pictures. I have tried to contact someone about on post housing but haven't been able to get a hold of anyone yet.

    Chudder or LunahRN- Since I (we) are going to be permanent party there after BOLC how does that work during the school? Do we drive home every night and then drive back every morning, or do we just go home on weekends? I don't understand bc if we are permanent party and have to pay for housing then I assumed we would go home every day after being released. I also thought we may have to stay in lodging with everyone else as well which wouldn't make sense to me as far as having to pay for housing but still stay in lodging?? Sorry for all the questions.. it's just a huge move with a lot of unanswered questions. Thanks in advance.
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    I received my official orders!!
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    Quote from LauRiN
    I received my official orders!!
    Civilian Email correct?
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    LOL. The ACU does not come with a skirt. That is a funny picture though. The asu comes with a skirt. I would definately have both on hand.
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    Quote from HooahNurse0221
    LOL. The ACU does not come with a skirt. That is a funny picture though. The asu comes with a skirt. I would definately have both on hand.
    I think she meant asu
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    Quote from lizzardmommy
    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!
    Just a word of advise, DRIVE!! My wife is down there now and she would not know what to do without her car there as you have plenty of time off. Also, you do not just excersize your body in the Army. As an Officer and leader you must not go into this thinking like that as your ability to get Soldiers to follow you will be tarnished. Your body will be conditioned during BOLC a little as well. As Soldiers anytime we are away from our families it is absolutely mentally and emotionally exhausting. My 3 babies miss their mother to death, They are 6, 4 and 2, but you have to make sure you stay focused. I think that is one of the downfalls of BOLC not being as structured is that you have more time to think and think about quiting, simply because you miss your babies. You will do absolutely great and as a word of advise start reading FM 6-22 and concentrate on appendix B. I promise if you read with your learning eyes you will take in alot.
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    Yeah I never meant all you do is exercise the body but rather that everyone seems so focused on how easy physically BOLC is and therefor implies it is some sort of vacation or something. I actually had a coworker say that to me! "Enjoy your little vaca in TX!" Are you kidding me! Haha! I just have had a bit of negativity from people who act like officers have it really easy and are looked at as spoiled or lazy. I don't know firsthand yet but I can't see that being true. I wish I could drive! It is like a zillion mile drive from MI. Maybe I can buy a bicycle I am proud of you for sacrificing for your family and taking such good care of those little ones! As the mom of 5 I know how much work that is! Is that FM 6-22 in the officer manual? Just an FYI having never been military before I found out a little pearl today! We qualify for the service members Civil Relief Act for our mortgages, credit cards, and student loans! It allows us to defer our student loans and caps interest rates at 6% on everything as well as eliminates late fees! I was quite excited about this! I am sure everyone else Alreadyknew about this but it pleased me..hehe! This gives my family even more money ea month and will allow me to pay off things faster! All you have to do is call your creditors and fax them a copy of your orders when you get them!
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    Quote from lizzardmommy
    Yeah I never meant all you do is exercise the body but rather that everyone seems so focused on how easy physically BOLC is and therefor implies it is some sort of vacation or something. I actually had a coworker say that to me! "Enjoy your little vaca in TX!" Are you kidding me! Haha! I just have had a bit of negativity from people who act like officers have it really easy and are looked at as spoiled or lazy. I don't know firsthand yet but I can't see that being true. I wish I could drive! It is like a zillion mile drive from MI. Maybe I can buy a bicycle I am proud of you for sacrificing for your family and taking such good care of those little ones! As the mom of 5 I know how much work that is! Is that FM 6-22 in the officer manual? Just an FYI having never been military before I found out a little pearl today! We qualify for the service members Civil Relief Act for our mortgages, credit cards, and student loans! It allows us to defer our student loans and caps interest rates at 6% on everything as well as eliminates late fees! I was quite excited about this! I am sure everyone else Alreadyknew about this but it pleased me..hehe! This gives my family even more money ea month and will allow me to pay off things faster! All you have to do is call your creditors and fax them a copy of your orders when you get them!
    All good, I am sure you are hearing it from everywhere right now. Honestly though, this may be hard to hear, but Officers do tend to have it wayyyyyyy easier. That doesnt mean they are not sacrificing as much, or that they do not deserve gratitude. I just think after you have been in awhile you will see that the whole "officers do not work" thing is really just a form of endearment. A long standing thing in the Army that has gone on since the start. If you accidentally call an NCO Sir or Ma'am, they will sometimes say "do not call me sir I work for a living" it really is not anything mean, more of a camaraderie type of picking on each other. Honestly when you leave BOLC, I think your opinion will change, and you will see it as a vacation, you will have a blast there, just relax enjoy the fun, and if an enlisted person picks too much just say "stand at attention" then walk away. lol. On a side note, Recruiter just told my wife, that the orders will not e sent directly to her now, but that a packet will be sent to the recruiter to give to my wife. Seems weird, anyone else hear this?


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