Army Nurse deployment?

  1. Hello,
    I have mentioned this in two threads already but, think it deserves its own thread.

    As someone who is just going through the recruitment steps and interested in active duty I am very, very intersted to know whatever I can about deployment. It seems to me to be nearly a gaurantee but, I still am very curious about it.

    Would my base preference give a clue to where my potential deployment would be? How long are nursing deployments? Looking forward to replies.

    Thank you,
    Gen
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  3. by   Corvette Guy
    Quote from Gennaver
    Hello,
    I have mentioned this in two threads already but, think it deserves its own thread.

    As someone who is just going through the recruitment steps and interested in active duty I am very, very intersted to know whatever I can about deployment. It seems to me to be nearly a gaurantee but, I still am very curious about it.

    Would my base preference give a clue to where my potential deployment would be? How long are nursing deployments? Looking forward to replies.

    Thank you,
    Gen
    In most cases, but not 100% of the time; Active Duty involves an assignment to an Army Medical Center in CONUS [ Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC) at FT Lewis, Brooke Army Medical Center, FT Sam Houston, etc.], or OCONUS [Tripler Army Medical Center at FT Shaftner, Hawaii, for example] along with being PROFIS'd to a deployable unit [i.e. a CSH, or Combat Support Hospital]. In otherwords, you work full-time at a fixed military medical facility [i.e. MAMC] and at any time could get military orders to deploy overseas with a field medical unit [i.e. a CSH] for a peroid of at least 12 months.

    No, it really does not matter where your assigned regards to a fixed military medical facility in relation to a designated CSH.

    Send me an email for further questions.
  4. by   dachsyfan
    Nursing deployments are generally 12 to 18 months. Unless you are a CRNA then 3 months
  5. by   Gennaver
    Quote from Corvette Guy
    In most cases, but not 100% of the time; Active Duty involves an assignment to an Army Medical Center in CONUS [ Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC) at FT Lewis, Brooke Army Medical Center, FT Sam Houston, etc.], or OCONUS [Tripler Army Medical Center at FT Shaftner, Hawaii, for example] along with being PROFIS'd to a deployable unit [i.e. a CSH, or Combat Support Hospital]. In otherwords, you work full-time at a fixed military medical facility [i.e. MAMC] and at any time could get military orders to deploy overseas with a field medical unit [i.e. a CSH] for a peroid of at least 12 months.

    No, it really does not matter where your assigned regards to a fixed military medical facility in relation to a designated CSH.

    Send me an email for further questions.
    Hi,thanks for the reply.

    I am listing FTs Lewis, Sam Houstin and Walter Reed for my base preferences. I have a year until graduation and will have this time to arrange for my three cats to be taken care of while I am at training and deployed, (looks like they may have to stay in Chicago rather than come with me to whichever base I go to).
    Gen
  6. by   Gennaver
    Quote from lillyfan
    Nursing deployments are generally 12 to 18 months. Unless you are a CRNA then 3 months
    Thank you Lillyfan,

    This is what I will anticipate then. Do you know about student loans and being in the military? Are they deferred until discharge or is that just wishful thinking on my part?

    Gen
  7. by   cobber
    Student loans are not diferred but there are loan repayment programs if you're willing to commit a certain number of years to active duty. Its a good option if you are planning to remain active for a while anyway.
  8. by   Gennaver
    Quote from cobber
    Student loans are not diferred but there are loan repayment programs if you're willing to commit a certain number of years to active duty. Its a good option if you are planning to remain active for a while anyway.
    Hello,
    Actually, turns out that certain student loans do qualify for Military deferment.

    I do not remember where I found the details, think it was through the FAFSA site, so I just did a quick google to pull up whatever I could on it and found this.

    http://www.ifap.ed.gov/dpcletters/GEN0704.html

    Gen
    edit to add: I am also aware of something where if they are student loans incurred after 9/11 that they are eligible for another type of deferment as well.
  9. by   cobber
    Gennaver
    I thought that loan diferment for military only applied if you are depolyed, but the wording in the link you provided is not that specific...so it may apply for any active duty....but it does say that diferment is only up to three years so it wouldn't be until you are discharged because your commision is indefinite...meaning that you keep your comission until you resign it (unless of course you are dishonorably discharged) and if you are a career military you will have that commission for 20+ years. Anyway, thanks for the info...good to know.

    Also, it just came down from surgeon general that army nurse corp deployments for those in profis positions (which is almost all of us) have been changed to 180day rather than the 15 months that they have been! I hope you get the assignment you want...I'm at Tripler in HI now...it was my third choice.
  10. by   Gennaver
    Quote from cobber
    Gennaver

    Also, it just came down from surgeon general that army nurse corp deployments for those in profis positions (which is almost all of us) have been changed to 180day rather than the 15 months that they have been! I hope you get the assignment you want...I'm at Tripler in HI now...it was my third choice.
    Hello Cobber,

    Yeah, imagine that, six months if your are deployed! However, someone explained it to me that I think its longer if you are assigned/profis's to a unit, you stay with them.

    Yes, I did get the assignment that I wanted, which was listed at my third choice in the end, (BAMC).
    Cheers,
    Gen
  11. by   cobber
    "I think its longer if you are assigned/profis's to a unit, you stay with them."


    The memo that we recieved said that all profis assignments (meaning that you are deployed with a unit that you are not stationed with)will be relieved after 180 days...but if you are origionally assigned a unit that deploys (like if you are assigned to a brigade combat team or something)you stay with them...but if you are assigned to BAMC then you will deploy as a profis which falls under the 180 day deployment.
  12. by   dv1039
    Gen - Congrats on getting BAMC! It's the place to be for military nursing. That's where I'm stationed. I went through OBC last fall and am starting my preceptorship on the tele ward. I think you'll have great experiences at BAMC. Oh, and FYI, the head nurse at BAMC will not PROFIS you until you have at least 6 months - 1 year experience.

    Deb
  13. by   scmatt83
    Help!!! Is it true that nurse deployments are only 180 days now? If so, how many should I expect in a 3 year service commitment. Also, can they guarantee critical care after being in for a year??? Just would like some assistance, I am going through the process now and don't know which branch to choose. It seems to me like the Army offers the best in regards to critical care experience but who the heck wants to be in IRAQ for 15 months!! Also the loan repayment program, that seems too good to be true, is it?? Thanks to whoever can offer some assistance!!!!
  14. by   dv1039
    Quote from scmatt83
    Help!!! Is it true that nurse deployments are only 180 days now? If so, how many should I expect in a 3 year service commitment. Also, can they guarantee critical care after being in for a year??? Just would like some assistance, I am going through the process now and don't know which branch to choose. It seems to me like the Army offers the best in regards to critical care experience but who the heck wants to be in IRAQ for 15 months!! Also the loan repayment program, that seems too good to be true, is it?? Thanks to whoever can offer some assistance!!!!
    Yes, deployments are now 6 months for nurses. I know some nurses leaving this April, and they were told it would be a 6 month deployment. As for how many times you can expect to go in 3 years, I can't answer, but more than once is definitely possible. As for the course selection, yes, you can apply for a course after you have at least a year in, but keep in mind that you are competing with everyone else who is applying for that course, and a board chooses the best officers to go. So it depends on who you're competing against. If you don't make it the first time, though, apply again. Sometimes its just timing. About the loan repayment program, they withhold taxes from it, so you will owe that portion. For example, you have a $25000 loan. The Army pays $18000 & withholds $7000 in taxes, leaving a balance of $7000 on the loan that you owe. It's still great to have $18K paid, of course.

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