I am considering joining the Army, and have a few questions...

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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 a medical assistant, LPN, and exercise physiology. I love what I do, but I really want to go to nursing school. I spoke with a recruiter (Army) and he stated the Army would place me according to my current job description, and then they would be able to send me to nursing school at Fort Sam Houston, or one that is local. I would go in as an officer (I have a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and finishing my Master's in Health and Human Performance). Has anyone done something similar or have any advice? I definitely do not want to go overseas, but would love to help those in the states. I guess the Army can't guarantee where you will end up. I spoke with the Air Force Nurse recruiter, but he stated that to go in the Air Force, they would need someone who already has their RN/BSN, or LPN. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    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
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    I just want to wish you the best in whatever you feel is right. Follow your heart and research all you can before making an important decision as the one you are contemplating.
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    hi there,

    as an army nurse with 7 years of experience i would recommend you obtain your bsn first and then enter the military. the shortage is so great in the military, that the military is now offering to pay any student loans (with a comittment of 1-2 years). direct commisionies (civilian nurses entering the military without prior service) are being offered great sign on bonuses as well as other monitary insentives.

    if you do as the recruiter is recommending at this time, you will enter the military as an enlisted, work for 4 years and then be required to submit a long and painful packet to enter the amedd c&s.

    best of luck!

    if you have any further questions, feel free to send me a pm.
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    The Air Force is more 'family' oriented, waaaaaay better housing...We are stationed at Fort Rucker and the Army is NOT meeting its recruiment goals...so anything you agree to, get it in writing.
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    I am a recruiter and I do not lie.
    It is all in the contract.
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    Though there are not any BSN programs at FSH there is an LPN program.But you would be enlisted. You need to talk to an Army HealthCare Recruiter. If you need one PM me with your city and state. There is a program in which the Army will pay for you to go back to school and get your BSN. You can start as early as DEC of this year. It is called the Army Nurse Candidate Program.
    Research it on
    healthcare.goarmy.com
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    Ma'am,
    There is a program just like AECP for Civilians. It is called ANCP.
    If there are people on this webste that have questions please suggest that they talk to a Healthcare Recruiter if they need one they can go to healthcare.goarmy.com with all due respect. Recruiting is hard right now so we want to make sure that the right info is put out

    There are tons of programs that the Mainstream Army is not aware of.

    SSG Jimmedda Hayes
    USA Healthcare Recruiter
    1-877-573-9205
    I am on global (outlook) if you have anymore questions for me.
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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
    Rule #2; Don't hold much weight with teeituptom's Rule one.

    An Army Health Care Recruiter is an excellent source, as well as very credible in matters dealing with the Army Medical Dept. [AMEDD].

    - Cary James Barrett, 1LT AN, BSN, RN
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    Quote from Jimmedda
    Ma'am,
    There is a program just like AECP for Civilians. It is called ANCP.
    If there are people on this webste that have questions please suggest that they talk to a Healthcare Recruiter if they need one they can go to healthcare.goarmy.com with all due respect. Recruiting is hard right now so we want to make sure that the right info is put out

    There are tons of programs that the Mainstream Army is not aware of.

    SSG Jimmedda Hayes
    USA Healthcare Recruiter
    1-877-573-9205
    I am on global (outlook) if you have anymore questions for me.
    IMHO, excellent advice! Go to Army Nurse Corps Site and read, read, read, then click on the Email Us link at the bottom of the page in link above to ask specific questions.

    - Cary James Barrett, 1LT AN, BSN, RN


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