Army Reserve Nursing - page 4

Has anyone recently joined the Army Reserves? I am considering but am trying to get the most (accurate) information. I graduated in 1993 (BSN) and have been in critical care and trauma since then. ... Read More

  1. by   0402
    When I just spoke with a reserve medical recruiter a few days ago, he said that if the whole unit is deployed, then it would be for 1 yr, but if you do a CONUS backfill, that would be 6 mo., and an OCONUS backfill/ IA is also 6 mo. =)
  2. by   firstyearRN
    What is conus backfill? Pardon my ignorance. What else did the recruiter say? Thanks so much in advance!
  3. by   0402
    Sorry- CONUS is in the US, so backfilling somewhere like Walter Reed or Ft. Bragg or Ft. Knox, etc. OCONUS would be outside the US, so that could be anywhere from Germany to Afghanistan or wherever.
    He did say that you have to have at least 6 mo. experience to join the USAR, which I didn't know before. He said it's not as competitive as AD, but that if you do the reserves and then want to go AD, it really helps your package (not something I'm personally looking at doing but he was just mentioning options). I'm in med/ surg, and he said that they have several openings for m/s nurses in the reserves and he doesn't it think it would be too hard to get a spot. He did say that they still have openings in other specialties but I didn't ask about #s for any other areas. Incentives right now are $15K for 3 yrs service in the reserves, paid $5K for each year or $50K in loan repayment for 3 yrs, paid $20K, $20K, $10K. I can't think of anything else we talked about that was general info, but if I do, I'll post it. =)
  4. by   morena2rn
    R u in the ARNC yet? and if so, how long did it take from the time you got selected to take the oath? I got selected in Nov 2010 and I am still waiting to take the oath even though all my waivers came back 2 weeks ago..
    Thanks for any feedback!
  5. by   morena2rn
    How long did it take from the time you got selected to take the oath? I got selected in Nov 2010 and I am still waiting to take the oath even though all my waivers came back 2 weeks ago..
    Thanks for any feedback!
  6. by   stephgor
    It took me only a couple of weeks.
  7. by   teenynurse
    SO I have been a critical care nurse for almost 4 years and today 3/2 with my Bachelors, I have a great recruiter who I was upfront with about having gastric bypass, which is normally a disqualification. However we are filling for a medical waiver. I had MD write out letter and fax all paperwork regarding the surgery to him, I will be scheduled the end of this month for my physical. I frequently hear back from my recruiter and he always makes sure all my questions are answered I am joining reserves as a critical care nurse in hopes in being a nurse anesthetist. I hope you find someone to answer your AMEDD questions
  8. by   just_cause
    TJ, you can also apply directly to enter as a CRNA by applying to the army CRNA school and nurse corp - if accepted to both you can start off attending school there and will be an army officer....
  9. by   angelkerri
    Sorry to post in what looks to be an older thread. I was recently selected for the ARNC. Doing the 45-60 day wait I was told to expect before I get my orders. I am planning on moving to New England (my recruiter found a unit in MA for me after I told her my plans).

    I have made separate posts in the Military Nursing forum elsewhere and have been trying to dig through the internet to find out all I can. I am excited about OBC and am eager to become deployable for volunteer AD (I am young and single with nothing tying me down except for my beloved catchild), but before I do that I want to take some time to pursue Japanese studies/employment in Japan if possible. I was told if I want to pursue a long term committment like that, I can make arrangements with my unit beforehand to make sure I meet my drill requirements. To what extent is this true? The company I am interested in signs employees on for year long contracts and their exclusivity policy would make it difficult to make drill at a unit in Japan--I already emailed to ask about them and as they are based in Japan and not America, I don't believe the job security laws apply in this case.

    Other questions I have that I could ask a recruiter but wanted to hear from an insider's non-recruiter, unbiased standpoint:

    1)What exactly is involved in drill weekends? Is it PT and classroom study like other reserve units? What is involved in the 2 week drills?
    2)Is it possible to complete more than the required drills and still get paid (would be helpful to know while I'm job searching lol)?
    3)Also, I have only been a nurse for a year and my experience all comes from LTC. I would like to be able to get training/certifications that would make me more marketable in the civilian world. Would my unit be able to give me career resources and support as well as being able to help me meet my education goals?

    Sorry I have a LOT of questions and the internet sources I've found thus far are pretty vague. I hope someone can help!
  10. by   athena55
    other questions i have that i could ask a recruiter but wanted to hear from an insider's non-recruiter, unbiased standpoint:

    1)what exactly is involved in drill weekends? is it pt and classroom study like other reserve units? what is involved in the 2 week drills?
    it depends if you are assigned to a tpu (troop program unit) and what their metl is (mission essential task list). if you are assigned to a msu (medical support unit) you will be mixed in with other 66h's, medics, 31b's etc. you may do some teaching to the other sms in your tpu, you may go on a medrete (i was lucky enough to go to places like el salvador!). two week drills: well my tpu went to fort mccoy one summer, another time we went to fort dix. another year the unit went to germany. depends again on what the higher ups have planned for your tpu and again what your metl is. most reserve units are "fillers" meaning we back fill when other units need bodies. right now we have activated reservists working in the medcen for a year and then they go back to their home post. or your entire tpu could get mobilized and work out of another army post for one year.
    2)is it possible to complete more than the required drills and still get paid (would be helpful to know while i'm job searching lol)?
    yes. once you attend obc and pass you could volunteer or be asked to participate in other stuff like going to different army posts to assist in soldier readiness (getting their medical files up to date in order for the sm to deploy or mob). that is extra money plus it gets you "out there" and extra experience. win-win
    3)also, i have only been a nurse for a year and my experience all comes from ltc. i would like to be able to get training/certifications that would make me more marketable in the civilian world. would my unit be able to give me career resources and support as well as being able to help me meet my education goals?
    yes. again, once you graduate from obc and keep passing your apft you can apply for short courses like the cbrne course out in maryland, stuff like that. or volunteer to be your unit's upl (unit prevention leader) or safety officer. one great thing about the army, active duty or the reserve side of the house, there are opportunities out there. you have to be proactive. good luck and keep us posted!
    sorry i have a lot of questions and the internet sources i've found thus far are pretty vague. i hope someone can help![/quote]
  11. by   angelkerri
    Thanks! So reading between the lines, I want to get finished with OBC as soon as possible? Nothing extra I can really do until then? I just talked to my recruiter today and my name was selected on Feb 28 and they're just waiting on my scroll which, at this point, should be arriving anytime now.....
  12. by   GretchRB
    Hey everyone! I've enjoyed getting info from this thread. I am currently a Post Partum/L&D RN. I spent 5 yrs AD as a medic before getting out and going to school (BSN). I miss the Army...I know its crazy. So question: I've been out since Dec 07...do I have to do the entire OBC or can I only do the "new" stuff? I also heard that I might have to repeat basic, but I think thats for AD. Also...do you think it will be a problem that I'm not in the ER/ICU/CCU? Are there any prior service people reading this that want to help me out? Thanks!
  13. by   angelkerri
    Quote from GretchRB
    Hey everyone! I've enjoyed getting info from this thread. I am currently a Post Partum/L&D RN. I spent 5 yrs AD as a medic before getting out and going to school (BSN). I miss the Army...I know its crazy. So question: I've been out since Dec 07...do I have to do the entire OBC or can I only do the "new" stuff? I also heard that I might have to repeat basic, but I think thats for AD. Also...do you think it will be a problem that I'm not in the ER/ICU/CCU? Are there any prior service people reading this that want to help me out? Thanks!
    I'm still green to this myself but aren't medics enlisted? If you go in as a nurse I know they will want you to do OBC if you haven't already...for Reservists it's only 2 weeks at Ft Sam Houston in TX.

    As for experience/type of experience. I am a newer nurse. When I applied for the board I had barely a year of experience and it was in LTC. I had a lot of other good stuff going for my app package, too, so I wasn't made select for AD but I was able to get on the OML (waiting list) at a position high enough to be a select for Reserves. From my understanding any nursing experience is an asset and I have heard that prior military experience practically makes you a shoe-in. It may very well be that they don't have any labor and delivery spots open right now (I couldn't tell you truthfull if they do or not) but Army has its share of pregnant people popping out babies, so it's not as if they don't have some level of need for L&D if that's the route you want to go. During my board, I was asked if I wanted to change from Med Surg to OR...that if I made that switch I would be made select for AD...well OR is not my scene at all so I had to bow out of that one. Taking that into consideration, I would say they really need OR nurses right now, but, it just depends on what you're interested in I guess.

    I'm new of course and waiting on my scroll to show up any day still...so others might have more to add who are actually serving right now...but those are the impressions I've gotten after what has now been a year-long process.

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