I am going through the initial process now of applying to the military, specifically Army Reserve. I recently completed medical clearance etc and now my packet is going in front of the board some time in July I was told. I have been dealing with a medical recruiter & I feel most of what I have been told correlates with this awesome amount of info you guys have provided within this section.
I am a critical care RN with 6 going on 7 years of ICU/trauma experience. I have CCRN, trauma qualifications, etc and I am working on my ACNP, about half way through. I said to my recruiter I don't want to get stuck at a hospital, I really want to be a part of a FSU, really close to the action or something similar. That being said, I realize that the Army will use me how they see fit. This is the question that really hasn't been answered by the recruiter, all she said was you have to apply? The unit that the recruiter said that has an open, 66H8A slot is located in Hobart, IN and this is a bit of a distance from me. I also asked if there were places in Indianapolis and she said she didn't know, she'll "look into it" as of yet haven't heard. I've tried to look the Hobart unit up and really don't get much info at all and also any Indy units. Do you guys have an input/comments etc on this.
Another question. A bit of a compounding one. The local ANG base where I live contacted me recently about a RN position, long story short, I went in to meet the Maj I would work for. Super nice guy, he introduced me to a bunch of people who were all very nice as well. But the RN position is more of a clinic setup. It's focus is to keep the pilots/crews flying and working etc but the base has the A-10's, I love the A-10's! They are very interested and pretty much indicated that if I perform well in the next interview I pretty much have the position.
The time to get to the ANG base from my house is about 10min, the time to get to Hobart, IN is about 2.5hrs. I don't know all of the opportunities etc between the two.
Anyway, I want to serve our country and the troops, I'm dedicated to that. Any input I welcome. Thanks in advance.