I am considering joining the Army, and have a few questions... I am considering joining the Army, and have a few questions... - pg.4 | allnurses

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I was hoping I could find a few answers from those in the forum. Currently, I work in a Wellness Center as an assistant to a Physician and a PA. I guess my job description would be a combination of... Read More

  1. Visit  sunnyjohn profile page
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    I don't think it is "bad mouthing" the Armed Forces when someone tells another side of the story. Isn't that what folks in the Military are fighting for?

    I most likely will join. I have wanted to for years and years. I know there are good and bad in every situation. The stories won't keep a person serious about joining from doing so. They won't stop me!

    My mum and dad always told me to hear every sides of the story. They taught me an informed choice is the mature choice.

    I think I will be a better soldier and have a way better experience if these stories help me take off my rose coloured spectacles and see my military experience as a hard but honored profession.

    Maybe if these folks had heard all sides of the story, they would have had a better experience.
  2. Visit  Sapphy profile page
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    My husband was 8 years active duty in the US Army, and now that he is out, he would give ANYTHING to be back in. There were downsides to it I will grant you that....but there are downsides to every job. He was gone 4-6 months out of every year. Yes he had to reenlist for them to pay for him to go to school and yes, he had to stop after one semester for a deployment to Cuba. But, now that he is out he will have the GI Bill to finish school if he wishes.
    The upsides? He was never laid off, we had a steady paycheck, we had BAQ to cover things like rent and utilities... For the most part, he could get leave to visit our families anytime he wanted it.
    I have a friend who is in Iraq right now. He is there for the second time in 3 years. The first time he had to leave his wife for 9 months to go. When he returned she got pregnant with the baby she had been told since she was 14 she could never have. So when he left this time, he had to leave not only his wife but this miracle baby. He is there right now missing out on his son's 1st year. And he would do it all over again.
    It takes a special kind of person to truly love the military.... It is not a life for everyone. There are upsides and downsides and it just depends on how they weigh out in the individual's mind. For me, I miss the life terribly. The civilian world is much more difficult to deal with than the military life was. Prices are higher, you have to worry about things like strikes and lay offs, I won't even get into the issues about civilian schools and school districts. I have even encouraged my kids to go the military route before school.. I think it teaches everyone something and is well worth the time and energy spent.
    When it all comes down to it, you have to decide what is right for YOU.
  3. Visit  Gottago profile page
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    Quote from BulkyMonster
    You have tons of bs work to do outside your regular job.
    What bs work are you referring to?
  4. Visit  sandman1914 profile page
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    Quote from Gottago
    What bs work are you referring to?
    In the military we have what is called collateral duties. These are tasks you are responsible in addition to your "regular job." Collateral duties can range from scheduling officer, unit Physical Fitness test coordinator, Education and Training officer to name a few. You can be assigned anywhere from 1-3 collateral duties depending on your unit and staffing. Usually you can complete these additional duties during your normal working hours, but sometimes you have take some of your personal time to complete them.
  5. Visit  Gottago profile page
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    Quote from sandman1914
    In the military we have what is called collateral duties. These are tasks you are responsible in addition to your "regular job." Collateral duties can range from scheduling officer, unit Physical Fitness test coordinator, Education and Training officer to name a few. You can be assigned anywhere from 1-3 collateral duties depending on your unit and staffing. Usually you can complete these additional duties during your normal working hours, but sometimes you have take some of your personal time to complete them.
    Thanks for the info.
    I'm curious as to what is the average "normal working hours." Also, what are the normal working days (or is it 24/7/365)?
  6. Visit  sandman1914 profile page
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    Quote from Gottago
    Thanks for the info.
    I'm curious as to what is the average "normal working hours." Also, what are the normal working days (or is it 24/7/365)?
    On the wards and units I have worked on the hours were 7a-7p and 7p-7a. Scheduling cycle usually goes as follows:

    Week 1
    work- M,Tu, F,Sa,Su
    off-W,Th
    Week 2
    work-W,Th
    off-M,Tu, F,Sa,Su

    Some units work 8 hours shifts, but that is rare from what I have seen.
  7. Visit  BulkyMonster profile page
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    Quote from sandman1914
    On the wards and units I have worked on the hours were 7a-7p and 7p-7a. Scheduling cycle usually goes as follows:

    Week 1
    work- M,Tu, F,Sa,Su
    off-W,Th
    Week 2
    work-W,Th
    off-M,Tu, F,Sa,Su

    Some units work 8 hours shifts, but that is rare from what I have seen.

    Usually we work 6a/6p on the wards here. It's a bit nasty because some housing is as far away as half an hour, 45 min. and you need to be in by 5:45, but that's nursing. Thing is they don't give you total choice in where you live.
    I come in a couple times a week for a few hours to do outside tasks usually. Sometimes more, sometimes less. You work probably 4 shifts a week, sometimes 3 to balance out to a more normal 40-hour-ish schedule.
    If you get deployed, you will likely work 6 or 7 12-hour shifts a week.
  8. Visit  lpnlinda profile page
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    Quote from teeituptom
    Rule one---Never,but Never believe a Recruiter. They lie, they con, they will tell you anything to get you in.

    They are far worse than lawyers or even Insurance salesmen
    hello. I am new here and this is my first post. I'm sorry but this is not true. Did you have a bad experience with a recruiter? My husband is a ARMY recruiter and he does not have to lie to people to get them to join. Now I will agree that some do lie to make their numbers look good. It is not fair to make them all seem so bad. I will say that most of them did not ask for that job but gave the orders to do it(as in our case). I will be the first to say that the ARMY has done alot for our family. We need our soldiers the same way us nurses are needed. Let's be thankful for them. Sorry if I sound harsh but this is a subject very near and dear to me.
  9. Visit  kayipster profile page
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    how many years would the Army Reserves require you to enlist if you want to become a LPN/LVN?
  10. Visit  Corvette Guy profile page
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    Quote from kayipster
    how many years would the Army Reserves require you to enlist if you want to become a LPN/LVN?
    Check out a related reply on this link I made a few minute ago;Link
  11. Visit  Corvette Guy profile page
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    Quote from sandman1914
    In the military we have what is called collateral duties. These are tasks you are responsible in addition to your "regular job." Collateral duties can range from scheduling officer, unit Physical Fitness test coordinator, Education and Training officer to name a few. You can be assigned anywhere from 1-3 collateral duties depending on your unit and staffing. Usually you can complete these additional duties during your normal working hours, but sometimes you have take some of your personal time to complete them.
    Be advised, this is very similar to civilian nurses on the clinical ladder that hold additional duties besides direct patient care.

    BTW Jason, my :spin: waiting on you know who, to find out about you know what.


    - Jun 06 USAGPAN applicant
  12. Visit  kayipster profile page
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    Thanks, Corvettguy for the info.

    The link you cited says, "Service Remaining Requirement is temporarily waived for USAR". Does that mean nowadays I can enlist for less than 3.5 yrs (1.5 training + 2yr SRR)?

    Would MEPS go for a 3yr enlistment for LPN training?

    How updated is the link you cited?

    Thanks again!
  13. Visit  Corvette Guy profile page
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    Quote from kayipster
    Thanks, Corvettguy for the info.

    The link you cited says, "Service Remaining Requirement is temporarily waived for USAR". Does that mean nowadays I can enlist for less than 3.5 yrs (1.5 training + 2yr SRR)?

    Would MEPS go for a 3yr enlistment for LPN training?

    How updated is the link you cited?

    Thanks again!
    I don't know how recent the source, yet I cited it d/t it was an AMEDD listing, so I knew it had to be a reliable source. Nonetheless, you have a very valid question. Here is another link for you to check out

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