Quote from andreamae
Ok, hypothetically, if i joined the army now at 18 with no college experience but i KNOW i want to be an RN, what should I do? What should I choose as my MOS? How do I go about going to RN school?
I would choose Army medic (I'm ex-USAF and a Navy brat, so I don't know what they call it) - BUT - in the military there is NO guarantee you will get your request. And trust me when I say that some recruiters DO lie - it's not just a bad joke...so keep that in mind when you go in. Army enlistment numbers are so horrible right now they might say anything to put an "X" in a box.
However, it IS wartime, so they just might NEED medics. Dig around on the Army official website (www.army.mil
) and see if there is a list of MOSs they currently are shorthanded in. The AF used to put that up all the time.
Go in, get your GI bill, and then go to school when you get out. You can take prereqs while you're in (education in the military, even in forward areas, is pretty good by any standards). Also, while you're in, you qualify for free DANTES and Excelsior exams (check out www.excelsior.edu;
that's where I finished my own degree after going broke during 3 years of regular college. I tested five classes for nothing - it's fully accredited and fairly highly regarded. They also have nursing degrees and may give you credit for the courses you have to take as a medic - I know they give credit for Navy corpsman courses).
You can also check into armed forces health professions schools
- you'll be commissioned - BUT you will owe the military more time as a result. You can also talk to an ROTC officer at a university.
I would do my own research first, so when you go in to see a recruiter, you already have a better grasp of what's real and what isn't. Recruiters tend to blow a lot of smoke; it pays to be a bit savvy going in so you're not swayed into joining the infantry by "accident".
If they say they can guarantee you a job - and trust me, they probably will - tell them you want to see it in writing - a guaranteed MOS has to be in writing in your Delayed Enlistment contract to be binding. Don't take anything verbally.
Not trying to scare you; I've just heard WAY too many horror stories and heard too many from others while I was in. At 22 and a military brat, I was pretty hard to smoke up - I knew what I needed and what the game was.
Remember that anyone can do anything for 3-4 years. There are plenty of kids your age that will be wasting that much time doing nothing. Regardless of the MOS, there is always something positive to get out of military service - even for those who go in solely for college benefits. At least they DID something with four years of their life. My point has always been - hey, they DID it - they signed a paper saying they'd die for their country if necessary. Who cares about the motives that may lie behind it?
Sorry to prattle on so!