Logically, I see what you're saying and no the concepts are not the same across the board, all the military services do it differently. I would think you would keep you're rank also, but not sure how it would all work. Question, do you plan on getting your BSN through the Army or on your own? In the Navy there is a general rule, "if the Navy doesn't pay for it, they don't care about it." In other words, the Army is bringing you on as a Lab Officer, right? If you get your BSN on your own and want to go nurse corps, they loose a Lab Officer, but gain a Nurse. Sometimes, they will not recognize your degree you got outside the military, this is where the oxymoron, military intelligence comes in to play. Take for instance my wife's situation. She has been a nurse going on 7 years now, she has been working on her Master's a dual FNP/ Midwife. At present, with the current rules, once she graduates with her Master's the Navy is not obligated to use her in that capacity. Now, there are rumblings that the rules are going to change, when? Who knows, but that is how it stands now regarding the Navy. You may want to speak to an Army nurse to get the straight scoop. I go to school with a couple, you want me to ask them what their take is on it? I'll see them on Tuesday, tomorrow, let me know.