Army Reserve Nursing

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    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.
    What is OBC like? What do you do during your drill weekends?
    Thanks!

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    I am so glad you asked this question! I am curious about the Reserves. I am (hopefully) headed to the Reserves after I lose about 15 more pounds. Hopefully, I can get my medical waiver as well. Jeez, I have a lot of crap to take care of!
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    Hello!
    I have been in the Army Reserves Nurse Corps for a while now and my only regret is that I should have done it all earlier (smile).
    I am presently with the 8th Medical Brigade, 7238th Medical Support Unit out of Fort Hamilton, New York (recently transfered over from Fort Wadsworth, and before that Fort Dix/Picatinny Arsenal 4219th USAH)
    Your MOS will be 66H (RN) and with your critical care background you will be given an additional skill identifier (ASI) of 8A
    OBLC is Officers Basic Leadership Course and I believe it will be ten weeks long(?). When I went it was only two weeks long, much too short for all that you will need to know and learn, so ten weeks is much better! You will qualify in weapons, LandNav, etc.... Once you take the Oath you should be given the Officers Handbook which will fill you in on all you need to know BEFORE going to OBLC.
    One thing to always keep in the back of your mind is....You are a Soldier first, Nurse second.
    As for our Battle Assembles (BA, old term Drill Weekends) I guess it is according to where your TPU is or will be. Do you know where your nearest Reserve Unit is located? Will you be IRR (Individual Ready Reserve)? These are questions that your Health Care Recruiter - if she or he is a GOOD Recruiter, would have spoken to you about. BUT First things first: You must pass your MEPS after your packet has been approved. [You will be notified if your medical waiver is not accepted]
    Any specific questions I would be most happy to answer. You may PM me, if you wish. GOOD LUCK and Welcome to the Army Nurse Corps! Why doncha' check out the ANC website?
    http://armynursecorps.amedd.army.mil
    athena
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    I am also thinking about the reserves. I am 44 yrs old. recently relocated to dallas tx from ohio via travel nursing. I did all the paper work a year ago for the reserves but had to lose some weight so decided to do travel nursing. Now it is still in my heart I think? are there anyone who is my age who is in the reserves? how much in shape do I need to be and also can i do the officer's training since i have a BSN and 4 yrs experience? thanks.
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    Dear IcraigBSN:
    Sorry it has taken me so long to respond, just got back from Fort McCoy. (AND I just heard that the Company is "Looking for volunteers" to be MOBed to Fort Sill....Groan, gosh I kind of hope I don't pick the short straw as I would rather go with the rest of the Company where ever we go when we MOB out)

    Anyway, I digress: Listen I got an age waiver to get into the US Army Reserves Nurse Corps. I am now PROUD to be 52 and in the best shape of my life!
    I would suggest you go to www.hooah4health.com Then click on to Program Overview. For starters crawl over to the APFT. It will calculate (unofficially) how many push-ups, sit-ups and how fast you need to run the two mile course - according to your age and gender.

    Lastly, once your packet has been accepted and you pass MEPS and take your OATH you will eventually go to OLBC at Fort Sam Houston.
    Bytheby: start to get into Army Shape NOW. See how many push-ups, sit-ups etc you will need to do and start your training NOW. Check out what your maximum/minimum weight should be and start attempting to reach somewhere in between, as long as you do so in a healthy manner.

    Let us know how your progress is coming along!
    Respectfully,
    athena
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    Thanks, I appreciate the response. I completed the application and am wating for the MEPS. I am actually excited about it. I will keep you informed.
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    Hi!


    I have been in the army reserves for almost 2 years.. I'm a Dental Specialist... in the process of reclassing to combat medic/LPN... *crosses fingers*

    It's alot of fun. We drill once a month usually the 3rd weekend in the month.. We go to the range, teach classes, and other training stuff... It's easy money.. I'm currently in a non deployable unit..


    and Lcraig.. it's never too late to join.. We have a 60 year old guy in my unit.. maybe older... it's a medical suport unit..

    If anyone wants more information let me know.. I'm an Army reserves recruiting assistant!!


    -Heather
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    Quote from MustangGirl850
    Hi!


    I have been in the army reserves for almost 2 years.. I'm a Dental Specialist... in the process of reclassing to combat medic/LPN... *crosses fingers*

    It's alot of fun. We drill once a month usually the 3rd weekend in the month.. We go to the range, teach classes, and other training stuff... It's easy money.. I'm currently in a non deployable unit..


    and Lcraig.. it's never too late to join.. We have a 60 year old guy in my unit.. maybe older... it's a medical suport unit..

    If anyone wants more information let me know.. I'm an Army reserves recruiting assistant!!


    -Heather
    Hi Heather,

    Would you per chance know any info on how I could find out info about my unit? I only know what my AMEDD recruiter has told me. I have tried to research the unit, but can not find anyting anywhere.

    I am currently getting all of my paperwork/packet in. I was scheduled for MEPS today, however, they had to reschedule it for some reasone. So, now I'm going down for MEPS next week. I am going reserve as well Direct Commissioning in as an RN. I am 35, and just graduated / passed Boards this summer. I am also reading alot about a sponsor?? How does that work as well?

    Thanks in Advance!
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    Hi Heather/ MustangGirl,

    I'm a prior enlisted Navy SWCC with 6active/2reserve under my belt. Most of that time was spent in Europe and the Mideast. I got out to attend college in other disciplines, graduated, and almost went to law school, but decided to go back to school for nursing (RN). One of the reasons for this was that like all SWCC or SEALs, I was trained as a medic/medevac assistant(roughly overlapping with EMT-B w/ IV therapy), and I loved that aspect of the job more than anything.

    I've been out for a while and all I can say is that I miss the adventure, comradery, and intensity of military life. Despite my BA degrees in basketweaving and daydream science, I am in an ADN program. Therefore the Navy is not an option since I won't have my MSN any time soon. Army Reserve or National Guard seem to be my only options for military nursing right now. And that's fine because I enjoy land stuff far more than being at sea.

    You said that you were a recruiting assistant but more importantly in my case is that you seem to have "the skinny" on things. I requested to add you as a friend and I'd like to stay in touch so I can ask you questions later. I graduate from my ADN in May 2010 and take NCLEX-RN in June.

    Thanks for offering your advice. I'll probably need it soon.
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    Athena55 thank you for the encouragement i have lose 23 lbs, i want to drop 20 lbs more, i am working on my weight every day.

    lcraig keep the faith, stay focus on the res.
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