Thank you for the reply. So far everyone has been great to work with. I do not believe anyone is trying to mess with me. I have wanted to serve in Air Force my entire nursing career and move forward regardless, it is just a let down to have been told I would go in as an O3 and then find out maybe no more than O2. That and I know so many other nurses who went in at O3 with far less experience.
Here are some Laws and Regs. I found:
Title 10 U.S. Code 532: Original appointments in the medical and dental specialties maybe made in grades O2 to O6.
Under SECDEF regulations: each appointed officer gains constructive credit for training, education and experience in the following ways:
One year for each year of advanced education beyond a baccalaureate degree for officers in positions requiring advanced education.
Credit for periods of advanced education in health profession other than medicine or dentistry if such education is relevant to the appointed positions.
Up to one year may be credited for any internship or professional training relevant to the needs of the military.
Up to one year may be credited for each additional year of graduate-level training or experience towards any certifications in specialties needed by the military.
Except as authorized by SECDEF, total constructive credit cannot exceed that which is needed for an original appointment in O4. Medical and dental officers are exempt and, in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 532, may be appointed to grades up to O6.
There is a separate DoD policy that provides for medical appointees in the following ways
4 years for completion of first professional degrees, including medical MD, osteopathy DO, dental DDS or DMD, optometry OD, podiatry PodD or DP, veterinary DVM, and pharmacy PhD.
Actual full-time equivalent education, up to 2 years for a master’s degree and 4 years for a doctorate in a health profession other than medicine and dentistry.
Year for year credit or (or day-for-day if less than a year in duration) for successful completion of a residency, internship, or fellowship required by the Service.
Half a year credit for each year of experience, up to a maximum of 3 years constructive credit, for experience in a health profession if used by the Service.
Year for year credit for additional special experience or qualifications, as determined by the Service Secretary.
So it appears:
They have a lot of latitude
Only education beyond your BSN counts anymore
Your nursing experience will give you no more than three years or credit
They give more credit for physicians and dentists and their residencies and internships
I will let you all know how it turns out.
As Always... A Little Late..