Army Nurse Wannabe - page 2

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Hey All, I signed up for this site not as a nurse but as an Army Nurse hopeful. I started the enlistment process awhile ago and this past week was DQ'd for hx of depression by MEPS. The meps doctor highly recommended I be granted... Read More


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    this is from ar 670-1

    1-8. hair and fingernail standards and grooming policies
    e. tattoo policy
    (1) tattoos or brands anywhere on the head, face, and neck above the class a uniform collar are prohibited.
    (2) tattoos or brands that are extremist, indecent, sexist, or racist are prohibited, regardless of location on the body, as they are prejudicial to good order and discipline within units.
    (a) extremist tattoos or brands are those affiliated with, depicting, or symbolizing extremist philosophies, organizations, or activities. extremist philosophies, organizations, and activities are those which advocate racial, gender or ethnic hatred or intolerance; advocate, create, or engage in illegal discrimination based on race, color, gender, ethnicity, religion, or national origin; or advocate violence or other unlawful means of depriving individual rights under the u.s. constitution, federal, or state law (see para 4-12,
    ar 600-20 ).
    (b) indecent tattoos or brands are those that are grossly offensive to modesty, decency, or propriety; shock the moral sense because of their vulgar, filthy, or disgusting nature or tendency to incite lustful thought; or tend reasonably to corrupt morals or incite libidinous thoughts.
    (c) sexist tattoos or brands are those that advocate a philosophy that degrades or demeans a person based on gender, but that may not meet the same definition of "indecent."
    (d) racist tattoos or brands are those that advocate a philosophy that degrades or demeans a person based on race, ethnicity, or national origin.
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    I think that's a little old. There was an ALARACT message in 2005 (item #37 here -- Uniform Policy - Army G-1 Human Resources) that relaxed the tattoo standards a little bit. If we went by the above, I wouldn't be allowed in -- my tattoos show in my PT uniform.
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    I pulled that off line last night from APD. WHich is typical for the AR's not always having the changes listed in them. But I do see it going back to no tat's on the neck. When the change happens for them to be grandfathered in will dependihow well they are meeting the drawdown goal.
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    My tattoo is behind the earlobe. That really isn't the big issue though because I could always have it removed. It is the hx of depression. Thanks all for the comments and suggestions though.
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    You can try for the Army ROTC Nurse Corps Scholarship. I was a general scholarship cadet but wanted to do Nurse Corp. That's a totally different application because you have to be in a Nursing program, which I soon will be. Once you finish and get your RN, you will commission as an officer and wha-la! You are an Army Nurse. It's not easy though.

    Don't ever trust recruiters. Most of them have to make their numbers and since MEPS denied you and your waiver was denied, I say that you should prioritize your history of depression. That is no joke and being in the military as a nurse is a risk for depression.

    If you want to travel and help those in need as a nurse, you can also try to work as a civilian contract for military hospitals or join an international medical group that works under-served minorities and populations all over the world.

    Good luck!
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    The tatoos is one thing. But, I think the depression is an issue. Army has a high suicide rate right now. I don't see them accepting anyone with a history of depression. I am not saying that one leads to the other but it is something that they may see as a show stopper. Why take applicant A) with a hx of depression vs. B) an applicant that doesn't; So unless you got some crazy skill that no one else has (other than having cool tatoos) your chances of getting a waiver may be nil.

    Not trying to sound harsh... but i am just sayin.
    Last edit by zombie on Jul 3, '12 : Reason: fixed


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