I have been an RN, BSN for 5 1/2 years. I have always been interested in nursing in the military and find myself at a point in my life that this could be possible. I am just wondering if there are others on here who did civilian nursing first and then went into the military and how the experience has been and what the differences may be. I understand everyone has their own reasons for wanting to serve in the military, but I'm interested in how the day to day nursing job is different. I have read through many posts on here, and hope my question is not too repetitive, but I have mainly found posts of new nurses commissioning right out of nursing school and would like to hear from some nurses who have had experience in both worlds and how they have compared. Do military nurses (not deployed) work normal shift hours (like 3-12hour shifts a week?) I did see another post where someone said they worked 5-6 12s a week and I'm wondering if this is a standard thing or if this was when deployed or what? (I do realize that when deployed it's pretty much non-stop work). I do understand that the pay is less than in the civilian world and there is no overtime pay, etc. I guess I would just like to know how nurses who have left the civilian world have felt about their military nursing experience. It is a major transition and life decision as you all know and any feedback would be greatly appreciated. I am currently leaning towards Navy and Air Force, but welcome any information I can get. Thank you!