First hand information on the Army Reserve STRAP program - page 4

Does anyone have any first hand experience with the Army Reserve STRAP program? I am an Associate Degree RN looking to finish my BSN as soon as financially possible. I've been thinking about the... Read More

  1. by   staceysue
    I just heard about the STRAP program today and was wondering if you all could clarify it for me.

    You start getting the stipend right away, right? Is it taxed?

    If I go to school full-time and also drill, will I get drill pay in addition to the STRAP?

    Then, when I'm done with school, what if I want to go full-time active duty? Do I have to fulfill my reserve commitment before I can go active duty? The reason I'm askig is that I'm almost 40 and want to get into active duty before I'm too old to be allowed in.
  2. by   tmcwharton RN
    Does anyone know how the Strapp program works if you are pursuing a MSN/FNP their are several bridge programs around which allow you to bypass the BSN if you have a previous bachelors degree and get a MSN/FNP without the BSN. Are you entering the reserve as an officer ?? What happens if you transition out of reserve into active ?? What is the best way to contact an AMEDD recruiter

    Thanks

    TODD
  3. by   deemo21
    Quote from tmcwharton RN
    Does anyone know how the Strapp program works if you are pursuing a MSN/FNP their are several bridge programs around which allow you to bypass the BSN if you have a previous bachelors degree and get a MSN/FNP without the BSN. Are you entering the reserve as an officer ?? What happens if you transition out of reserve into active ?? What is the best way to contact an AMEDD recruiter

    Thanks

    TODD
    Unless you already have a bachelor's degree I do not believe that you can bypass the BSN while you are trying to commission. If you have a B.S or B.A. in another field you could try for a waiver.
  4. by   tmcwharton RN
    Obviously I really need to sit down with a recruiter but from what I hear making contact with a health care recruiter is difficult. So I guess my question is does is make more sense for me the enter Army rather than the reserve (loan repayment is better) I have a previous bachelors degree non nursing so I would enter as a comissioned officer correct ?? Enroll in the STRAP program transition from an ADN RN (Currently) get my MSN / FNP using strapp funds and then I could change my unit / status (sorry not good with ARMY Lingo) to the Nurse Corp. But in reading additional threads it seems that there are few spots for NP's. Final question for now is if I'm a full time student I would be changing my status so I could not be deployed during school correct.

    HAVE A GREAT DAY

    THANKS FOR ANY HELP

    TODD
  5. by   markisrn
    I wouldn't go that way. I am a STRAP officer in the reserves getting my BSN. I got loan repayment in my contract too. All I had to do was ask. I would go Reserves, STRAP and loan repayment, but others may differ.

    Good luck
  6. by   markisrn
    More on this...I know that MSN is your destination, but they will probably require you to get your BSN along the way if you are going in as a nurse.
  7. by   Graduate2010
    Hello Everyone!
    I'm a 37yr old female who has never been in the military. I would like to serve my country and give back. I ran across this thread will on the LPN?LVN corner. First off, am I to old to joind the reserve list? Second, I'm currently finishing up my LPN and planning for LPN-BSN. Would a program like this work for me if I were to sign up for the the Army Reserve Strap Program? I just go to school while they pay and just give them back the time, correct. Do you have to have your RN already or can I do the LPN-BSN route? I want to give back and this would be the perfect way to serve and have my education paid for.

    Thanks in Advanced!

    Stephanie
  8. by   markisrn
    Graduate 2010,

    I think that you have to be an RN to do STRAP, but I could be wrong. There may be other options available to you as well. I would talk to an AMEDD recruiter and make a plan, and no you are not too old. I think they will take you at 42 even. I got in at 46, but had 6 years prior service that was subtracted from that. Bless you for wanting to serve.

    Mark
  9. by   lanceeessse
    I am a foreign bsn graduate but interested in army nurse corp.. I am currently licensed and practicing as a registered nurse here in the states. Am I qualified for the army STRAP program ?
  10. by   japerryman
    Quote from staceysue
    Then, when I'm done with school, what if I want to go full-time active duty? Do I have to fulfill my reserve commitment before I can go active duty? The reason I'm askig is that I'm almost 40 and want to get into active duty before I'm too old to be allowed in.
    Hey Stacey,

    I realize this was posted quite a while ago, but I didn't seem to find an answer to your question in the thread anywhere-and I have the exact same question! I'm curious to know if you found anything out? I'm very interested in doing the STRAP, and then perhaps going active as well.

    Any info is very much appreciated!

    ~J
  11. by   deemo21
    The active duty incentives and reserve component incentives are two different entities. When I was looking into STRAP initially, I was told that you will have to pay back all reserve incentives received if you were going to seek Active duty (loan repayments, stipends, etc.). This is if you did not complete your service obligation period after receiving the stipend. By becoming an active duty service member there are separate incentives for it though.

    The other option is to see if there are any AGR positions available. These positions are for reserve and guard members, but are full-time positions.

    Good luck
  12. by   japerryman
    Thank you so much for your response - it's much appreciated, and very helpful.

    ~J

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