First of all you are going to need to speak with a healthcare recruiter from each service to find the right fit for you. Do not speak to the local enlisted recruiter they will try to get you to enlist. If you do end up talking with one and they want you to take a placement test they are trying to recruit you. You can find the contact information for healthcare recruiters by going to their recruiting websites and look under officers/medical. Once you contact them it will take some time for them to get back to you.
What's thepay like for military nursing?
-Compared to civilian pay itdepends on where you live. In the military you receive base pay, BAH(housing) based on where you are station and BAS (food). BSH & BAS isnot taxed. You also do not have to pay for your or your families medicalinsurance or copays. Here is what a O-1, 2ndLT would be making at Fort Bragg area.
Base pay $3034
BAH with dependents $1248
BAH without dependents $1122
This would give you a monthly pay of $,4409 to $4,535 or $52,908-$54,420 per year.
I cant seem to find any info on this. It would be nice to understand the limitsof ones future budget when deciding on a job. -This is the official pay chart from DFAS (military pay) Military Pay Charts To find out what BAH would be they have a BAHcalculator.
What's it like being a male nurse in the military- no different than anywhere else.
Are we still greatly out numbered, and does it really matter?-NO & NO
How will being an active duty military nurse affect my wife and kids- Depending on what service you join, specialty and where you arestationed can affect how often you are PCS'd(moved). In my last 7 yearsof service I moved 3 times. There is the chance you can stay at thesame base for 2 tours depending on what units are there.
Will it help pay for my grad level education?- Yes, but you must apply for it. There is no guarantee. This would be your job during your time in school. They pay for book & tuition.
Would I be able to spend time deployed in an active war zone or near combat?- Yes, right now the deployment schedule is low, but it can change atanytime.
Should I do ROTC while getting my BSN- That depends on what service you want to join, your family life etc. Nursing school has lots of demands as does ROTC.