Have you seen anyone make a lateral move to the Nurse Corp - page 2

from a different Officer Corp? I have submitted a package for Clinical Laboratory Officer based on by BS in Medical Technology degree. I will graduate with my LPN diploma in 5 weeks. My intent... Read More

  1. by   Gennaver
    Quote from IU95
    Well, got word that the selection board selected me for 77E but now I have to wait for a waiver board for final approval. Possibly another month. Sigh.

    Needed an age waiver because "official" age limit on 2nd Lt. is 39.5 Y/O. I will be 39.5 this month! Who the heck decided 39.5 vs. 40!! Lol!

    This despite my 7.5 yrs prior service.
    Hi,
    Wait, this doesn't sound right at all. Your 7 and a half years prior service stops the clock on your age.

    For me I was told I had to sign the age waiver because I will ascend in at age 41, rather than 40. This was for active duty, nothing to do with my 2LT status...what did you hear about there being an age limit on 2LT? I thought the age limit was for active duty versus reserve status. Even with the age limit on active duty status your prior service should deduct years from you age for consideration.


    Please update on their answer as to why they are not counting your 7.5 years service as subtracting from your clock age?
    Gen
    Last edit by Gennaver on Nov 17, '06
  2. by   NursePamela
    If I had to guess, I would say there is no guessing until the time comes. I understand about being a new nurse but I would also not want to lose any rank ( and money ).
    I know of one nurse who was active duty RN and deceided she did not want nursing any more and went to be an admin officer, not hospital related. The rank stayed the same. Not quite the same but a new skill altogether.
    I also know of a active duty nurse who was a RN already and the Air Force payed for her to get her neonatal nurse practioner degree but did not use her as such. She did more case management things.
    There are plenty of O-3's out there who have nursing experience but no Military experience, why not be an O-3 with military experience but no nursing experience. Just make sure people know when you are comfortable with something. Do not try and take charge just based on rank but more on knowledge and comfort.

    Good Luck.

    And of course - the needs of the military come first. :-)

    Pam
  3. by   IU95
    Quote from Gennaver
    Hi,
    Wait, this doesn't sound right at all. Your 7 and a half years prior service stops the clock on your age.

    For me I was told I had to sign the age waiver because I will ascend in at age 41, rather than 40. This was for active duty, nothing to do with my 2LT status...what did you hear about there being an age limit on 2LT? I thought the age limit was for active duty versus reserve status. Even with the age limit on active duty status your prior service should deduct years from you age for consideration.


    Please update on their answer as to why they are not counting your 7.5 years service as subtracting from your clock age?
    Gen
    That was my thought too. I asked and was told it was a 2nd Lt. issue. Thing is my AMEDD recruiter has been recruiting for 9 yrs, 2 yrs AMEDD and has really been on the ball. Everything she has told me so far has checked out so I trust her. I realize that no one is immune from making errors, but if my file was forwarded up the chain of command then why wouldn't those many other people say something? I've been looking for something addressing age limits on officers but have come up empty so far.
  4. by   IU95
    Quote from NursePamela
    If I had to guess, I would say there is no guessing until the time comes. I understand about being a new nurse but I would also not want to lose any rank ( and money ).
    I know of one nurse who was active duty RN and deceided she did not want nursing any more and went to be an admin officer, not hospital related. The rank stayed the same. Not quite the same but a new skill altogether.
    I also know of a active duty nurse who was a RN already and the Air Force payed for her to get her neonatal nurse practioner degree but did not use her as such. She did more case management things.
    There are plenty of O-3's out there who have nursing experience but no Military experience, why not be an O-3 with military experience but no nursing experience. Just make sure people know when you are comfortable with something. Do not try and take charge just based on rank but more on knowledge and comfort.

    Good Luck.

    And of course - the needs of the military come first. :-)

    Pam
    Excellent points!
  5. by   IU95
    This may explain. If I understand this correctly, prior service does not automatically reduce your entrance age but a waiver can be granted for the prior service.
    So it would appear this is normal and expected.

    This is from About.com Enlistment Standards



    Age
    One would think that age would be a simple category. One is either old enough, or too old, right? Unfortunately, it doesn't quite work that way. By federal law (10 U.S.C., 510), the minimum age for enlistment in the United States Military is 17 (with parental consent) and the maximum age is 35. This is to ensure than anyone who enlists on active duty can be eligible for retirement (20 years of service) at the mandatory age of 55 (60 in some cases). However, DOD policy allows the individual services to specify the maximum age of enlistment based upon their own unique requirements. The individual services have set the following maximum ages for non-prior service enlistment:
    • Active Army - 42
      Army Reserves - 42
      Active Air Force - 27
      Air Force Reserve - 34
      Active Navy - 34
      Naval Reserves - 39
      Active Marines - 28
      Marine Corps Reserve - 29
      Active and Reserve Coast Guard - 27
    However, prior service enlistees can receive an "age waiver." In most cases, the amount of age that can be waived depends upon the amount of time the individual previously spent in the military. For example, let's say that an individual has four years of credible military service in the Marine Corps and wants to join the Air Force. The Air Force could waive the individual's maximum enlistment age to age 31 (Maximum age of 27 for the Air Force, plus four years credible service in the Marines). For the Marine Corps, the maximum age of enlistment for prior service is 32, after computing the prior-service age adjustment.
  6. by   Gennaver
    Hi,

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    The individual services have set the following maximum ages for non-prior service enlistment:
    Active Army - 42
    [endpaste]

    However, I was required to sign and age waiver even though I will be 41 upon completion of my program and ascession into the Army. Since I will be over 40 and not be able to get my 20 years in by age 60, (if I were to choose so) then I needed to sign the waiver.

    It was explained to me that for folks who are going in, over the age of 40, and want to stay to get their 20 years in that they will have to sign another petition upon age 60 to stay.

    So, even though we are accepted until 42, our age is still a special situation.
    Gen-good luck!
  7. by   IU95
    Got the official word today.
    I'm in!!
    Clinical Laboratory Officer and I just completed LPN school so am going to do ISU's online LPN-BSN.

    Turns out they are making me a First Lieutenant too! Woo-hoo!!!

    I am excited to rejoin military.
  8. by   Gennaver
    Quote from IU95
    Got the official word today.
    I'm in!!
    Clinical Laboratory Officer and I just completed LPN school so am going to do ISU's online LPN-BSN.

    Turns out they are making me a First Lieutenant too! Woo-hoo!!!

    I am excited to rejoin military.

    CONGRATULATIONS!!


    IU95,
    How great. Wow, share what you can I am exited for you. A 1LT also, wow, good job.
    Gen
  9. by   IU95
    Thanks Genn! I haven't received a firm departure date yet for OBLC but probably March.
  10. by   Gennaver
    Quote from IU95
    Thanks Genn! I haven't received a firm departure date yet for OBLC but probably March.
    Hello again IU95,

    This was the outcome of the December 1st review board then? I am asking because my application was before the same board, (my third try) and I am just wondering how long I should wait before proceeding with the AF.

    Something about my packet is causing review board to pass me over, yet, my recruiter is baffled as to what.

    It is hard to wait to get the final word...again!

    Thanks, and again, CONGRATS!
  11. by   IU95
    The actual board met in late October. Then I had to get an age waiver. Then I had to wait for Senate confirmation of commission.
  12. by   Gennaver
    Quote from IU95
    The actual board met in late October. Then I had to get an age waiver. Then I had to wait for Senate confirmation of commission.
    Hello,
    Thank you for letting me know.

    The October board was my first one, my application was initially as a student nurse candidate. The Senate rejected it due to my program being a MS of Nursing entry and not a BSN. So we re-worded it and sent it to the November board, which passed it over with no explanation.

    So, just waiting on word from the December board.

    I do have an age waiver, a tattoo waiver and have been to Meps and all, so, it is disconcerting.

    Anyhow, BACK to CONGRATULATIONS for you, good luck at OBC! Do not be shy to share what you can of that, here when you go, okay.
    Gen
  13. by   IU95
    Anyhow, BACK to CONGRATULATIONS for you, good luck at OBC! Do not be shy to share what you can of that, here when you go, okay.
    Gen[/quote]

    My fingers are crossed for you Genn. Good luck!

    I will post here when I know a firm date for OBLC.

    You or anyone else can feel free to post questions or PM me with OBLC questions while I am there since I will bring my laptop.

    umpiron:

    Have to get serious training now!!

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