This is my first time posting on this website--though, I have read many articles for various questions over time. So for starters, I would just like to say that I am happy to finally be a part of this community (officially) and I appreciate all those who are so willing to share their knowledge.
Anyway, here's my situation, I am currently a Sophomore at my Community College and I am about ~1 year away from completing my pre-requisites to apply to nursing school
. I want to be in the military and serve as a DNAP. I am not currently enlisted.
I am kind of in a financial rut at this point and I believe I have come up with a plan that might get me where I want to be in the future. I would just love some advice on it and see if it is viable. It is my understanding that the only way to commission in the Army as a Nurse is to have a BSN, so I did research at my local 4-year university and they have an ROTC program. Specifically, they have this program known as the "Simultaneous Membership Program" where you essentially get to be paid while in school to participate in ROTC/Drill with a weekend warrior unit for a contractual agreement to serve as an Officer when you graduate. I figure that it is feasible to do the SMP and attend this 4-year university and get a degree as a BSN and commission in (NG, Army Reserve, Active Duty) as a Nurse and then get my 1-year of ICU employment out of the way then apply to USAGPAN?. My question lies in the unknown of applying to USAGPAN while already having a contractual agreement for a BSN in the Army.
Is it possible to attend USAGPAN if you already have commissioned in the Army as a (regular) nurse?
Do any of you know of any limitations regarding SMP to USAGPAN--can one still get a GRFD scholarship and use it for tuition if one plans to apply for USAGPAN?
Additionally, I believe the Simultaneous Membership Program requires an enlisted soldier to apply: Do you think it would be a waste of time to sign up as a 68W in the NG to apply for the SMP?
I understand that these are very specific questions and I totally understand if you are not able to answer them fully. I appreciate any help on this matter in advance! Thanks everyone.