I am not sure if I am in the correct forum/thread, I am new to this website and I wanted to ask those nurses who are (or have been) in the military (army and airforce branches):
I have been thinking of joining the military since high school (I participated in JROTC), and last fall semester, I participated in ARMY ROTC at the college I attended. I am really interested in pursuing a nursing degree (eventually becoming a neonatal nurse); I have an Associates in Applied Science, and I will be applying to a 4yr college & its nursing program for the Fall 2014 semester.
What I would like to know is, what is the difference between the Army and AirForce branches? I asked a sergeant in the Army & he suggested to join the AF ("better quality of life"). I want to know any experiences that may help me make my decision. I have gone to an Army recruiter before and they seem so rude; in a way they mocked this young man for changing his mind and choosing to go to a Navy recruiter (saying that he wouldnt be able to choose his MOS). Honestly, it seems like the websites make it all perfect & great, and I do not want to make the wrong choice of choosing the wrong branch.
I would also like to know, if it would be better to join after I get a nursing degree, or while I am in the program? I am afraid I will not get into the program, and then I am screwed. (By the way, I am leaning towards Reserves, as opposed to Active Duty).
Please any suggestions/advice, I would greatly appreciate it. I am unable to send private messages at the time. Thanks so much (and thanks for those who created this website, connecting students, nurses, and all the like!)