Army Nurse Corps FY2013 - page 9

by AjaxAndronicus 122,618 Views | 905 Comments

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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    You hear anything yet?
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    Well I received the worst news possible for this. I was called by my recruiter today and I was told the waiver that I applied for about a surgery I had 5 years ago was denied and that I was disqualified medically. It is not a temporary disqualification either. It is permanent. So sadly this is the end of the road for me. Stinks because my packet is in and everything, all that work to be disqualified at the last minute. Well, good luck everyone!!
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    Quote from vtrobinson
    Reading through all these posts made me realize just how many others were going through the exact same thing over the last few months. I put my packet in for the Nov 5 board. My packet too was put in at the 11th hour due to QC issues. The week before there was a hangup regarding my CV review being stuck somewhere. The paperwork is horrible, I think they use it to weed people out.

    Anyways, I got into Northeastern's CRNA program and I am awaiting word on whether I got one of the direct commission slots (they have a guarantee of 10 this year but will allow more in depending on the needs of the Army/mission). I was apporved for a commission, if I would like it regardless of getting into the USAGPAN program.

    I would like to know if anyone out there knows anything regarding constructive credit. I was given 3 years, 10 days constructive credit and I would come in as a 1LT. What does this mean for my timeline for promotion to CPT? If I was given an additional 1/2 year, I would have come in as a CPT so does that mean I would need 1/2 year active duty time to make CPT?

    - Bob
    That is how I understand it. I applied for the HPSP for anesthesia school and my recruiter pretty much said the same thing. I'll be a 1st LT and then in about 6 months I will pick up CPT.
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    Quote from vtrobinson
    Reading through all these posts made me realize just how many others were going through the exact same thing over the last few months. I put my packet in for the Nov 5 board. My packet too was put in at the 11th hour due to QC issues. The week before there was a hangup regarding my CV review being stuck somewhere. The paperwork is horrible, I think they use it to weed people out.

    Anyways, I got into Northeastern's CRNA program and I am awaiting word on whether I got one of the direct commission slots (they have a guarantee of 10 this year but will allow more in depending on the needs of the Army/mission). I was apporved for a commission, if I would like it regardless of getting into the USAGPAN program.

    I would like to know if anyone out there knows anything regarding constructive credit. I was given 3 years, 10 days constructive credit and I would come in as a 1LT. What does this mean for my timeline for promotion to CPT? If I was given an additional 1/2 year, I would have come in as a CPT so does that mean I would need 1/2 year active duty time to make CPT?

    - Bob
    You need to have 42 months of service to pin on Captain and with you having just over 36 months yes you are eligible to pin on CPT if you are board selecteted which meets in the March/April time frame with the results coming out 60-90 days after the board meets. So depending on how they rank you at the board will determine when you pin on CPT. If you have a low number it will be sooner then someone with a high number. Getting promoted to CPT is not like getting promoted to 1LT which is only a paper drill. With that being said I believe if you go to the CPT's board next March/April will depend on when you attend OBLC. I am not sure if you can go to the board if you have not completed OBLC.
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    @VTRobinson The one thing I have seen little of when talking about promotions is the ability to lead. Joining the Army is a different ball game, you are not just a Nurse, but a leader to young Soldiers who will look up to you. Take the time to learn as much as you can and get away from trying to chase rank it will come believe me. What you don't want is to find yourself in the middle of the desert when a Hawk goes down, looking at your Soldiers asking what do we do because you were worried about being a CPT instead of knowing what the hell an azimuth is. As a Leader in the Army now, I must tell you do not ever forget Be,Know,Do. Once you live and learn this concept you will be an outstanding leader.
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    Quote from HooahNurse0221
    @VTRobinson The one thing I have seen little of when talking about promotions is the ability to lead. Joining the Army is a different ball game, you are not just a Nurse, but a leader to young Soldiers who will look up to you. Take the time to learn as much as you can and get away from trying to chase rank it will come believe me. What you don't want is to find yourself in the middle of the desert when a Hawk goes down, looking at your Soldiers asking what do we do because you were worried about being a CPT instead of knowing what the hell an azimuth is. As a Leader in the Army now, I must tell you do not ever forget Be,Know,Do. Once you live and learn this concept you will be an outstanding leader.
    I do not think that is what this is. they arent just worried about Chasing rank, but more of trying to get a working knowledge of how soon it will help. As a person with a family, the money is a big point to focus on. As a Vet myself, if you do not devote alot of your time to chasing your rank, you can and will get passed up. Chasing that rank though involves being a leader, and taking care of your soldiers. Any fresh LT with no combat arms background, and only dealing with BOLC, would be clueless if they were in a situation where a hawk went down, and needed to lead a squad or more. the good ones will prevail, but it would be very difficult. I am really just trying to point out that these comments do not seem full of "I want my rank and money" but filled with more of, How soon will I be eligible for that pay raise. Seeing as how most here that I have spoke too have families, and are taking pretty big paycuts to serve. again Good Luck to everyone that boarded. I know you are just as anxious as my family is right now.
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    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.
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    Sure, there are alot of people here for benefits, I kow for ne my wife will be taking a huge pay cut, and our benefits are outstanding, so that isn't the reason we are joining. I know a few others here that are taking pay cuts, but are joining for the need to serve. I am sorry that you would believe that the only reason people are joining is the benefits, or getting rank, because honestly being enlisted myself, that sounds like something an enlisted person would think. Not that we are stupid lmao, (though I have met some stupid privates if you know what I mean) but that we have high admiration for our officers, and I always deep inside wished I was an officer so I could make some of those troop leading decisions. I am not sure how familiar you are with the nurse make up of a company, and how command structure is, but a brand new nurse whether 2nd or 1st LT (they cannot come in as a captain, to my understanding the most constructive credit you can have is 3 years) arent expected to be company commanders, or XO's straight out of the box. They will definitely have to lead soldiers, and catch on fast, but to keep it real noone here will be commanding a company any time soon. I was merely pointing out that I do not think their are rank chasers here, or at least enough to warrant a comment like that. You were a spec4 with 2 kids at one point trust me, I have been in that boat before, but it is different to these situations. Where as you were an e4 and new for at least 2 years what your pay was and how it would come, these people Most with more than 2 years experience will be coming into a pay cut. So again worrying about rank and money is of pretty big concern. I know that as a soldier, if you are worried about your money and your homefront, and whether or not they are eating, you cannot be a decent leader, and can definitely not keep your mind all on the goal. I thank you for your service. I joined around the same time as you, right before 9/11 and I seem to remember everything with rose colred glasses, is Army life really as peachy as I remember it? Well brother good luck to your wife, I hope she gets in. With her knowledge of the Army already, and knowing what to expect, I am sure things will come alot easier than most. Bye the way, was she promised anything after BOLC? My wife signed up for the ciritical care track, a class right after the nurse track to get the CC identifier. Again good luck everyone, and HooahNurse, again thank your for your service, and happy belated vets day.
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    Heard from my recruiter, he said results are still out he said we will most likely hear something early next week. Good luck to everybody!
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    Quote from AjaxAndronicus
    Heard from my recruiter, he said results are still out he said we will most likely hear something early next week. Good luck to everybody!
    Did they say WHY not until next week? My recruiter told me yesterday, that it would be in the next 2 days


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