I'm finally in!

  1. Well, it only took over a year but all of my waivers have come through and I have orders in hand to report for active duty next month. Will be going to Yuma Proving Ground. I am really looking forward to the career change and the opportunities the Army has to offer. I am also being waived from OBLC since I had been to Armor OBC and OAC previously. After looking at the course of instruction I do not think it would have been a valuable use of my time or Army money. I've only been out for 6 years and not much has changed significantly, except uniforms.

    So, for any of you that are in the process and it seems like it is taking a long time don't give up. Sometimes these things take a while. I did have to rattle a few cages up the chain along the way but in the end I am where I want to be for the start of this career.

    Off we go, into the wild "green" yonder...
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  3. by   underpaidrn
    God bless you. Thank you for what you are doing. My two daughters are in the Air Force and are currently both serving in Iraq. It's a mother's worst nightmare, but I support their decisions and I am so very proud of them. I wish you the very best. Be safe.:spin:
  4. by   robred
    Quote from Tanker
    Well, it only took over a year but all of my waivers have come through and I have orders in hand to report for active duty next month. Will be going to Yuma Proving Ground. I am really looking forward to the career change and the opportunities the Army has to offer. I am also being waived from OBLC since I had been to Armor OBC and OAC previously. After looking at the course of instruction I do not think it would have been a valuable use of my time or Army money. I've only been out for 6 years and not much has changed significantly, except uniforms.

    So, for any of you that are in the process and it seems like it is taking a long time don't give up. Sometimes these things take a while. I did have to rattle a few cages up the chain along the way but in the end I am where I want to be for the start of this career.

    Off we go, into the wild "green" yonder...
    Thanks for your service!

    I, too, am in need of a career change. I seperated from the AD AF in '92 and hope to finish a BSN in the next 2-3 yrs (have 10+ yrs critical care RN experience) and apply for a commission. I'll need a few waivers myself, but have high hopes that all will go well (with a few obstacles expected along the way) for a chance to serve again.

    Best wishes and Godspeed in all you do!
  5. by   Gennaver
    Quote from Tanker
    ...I am also being waived from OBLC since I had been to Armor OBC and OAC previously. After looking at the course of instruction I do not think it would have been a valuable use of my time or Army money. I've only been out for 6 years and not much has changed significantly, except uniforms.

    So, for any of you that are in the process and it seems like it is taking a long time don't give up. Sometimes these things take a while. I did have to rattle a few cages up the chain along the way but in the end I am where I want to be for the start of this career.

    Off we go, into the wild "green" yonder...
    Hello,
    In my AMEDD OBLC we had prior enlisted and prior service folks in, some with over 18 years, others who've completed AOC as well. I am a little surprised that you are choosing to waive the AMEDD OBLC, (are you a nurse?) Are you sure you want to really waive the training? Were you a nurse in the army previously?

    My OBLC class had prior services of all kinds and types...I am surprised that missing this is even an option for you?

    Gen
  6. by   Tanker
    Gen,

    It is an option and one I gladly take. OBLC would not benefit me. I looked at the COI and it is all stuff I have done before. I have been to the field many times over my 10 years as an officer and didn't get to sleep in hooches (slept in, on or under the tank). I have officer experience up to Company Command of an Armor unit. I have done OERs and NCOERs. I know how to wear the uniform. I can read a map and land navigate. I have had plenty of NBC training. I can do an Op Order. I didn't see anything there that I haven't already covered. I have been to Officer Basic and Officer Advanced courses for Armor. What would be my purpose of going? I also have over 2 years ER nursing experience. The ANC has seen fit to bring me in as a CPT as well. I think I can step into Army nursing and be productive day one. If my Chief Nurse didn't think so she would not have offered me the position.

    You will find that many things are waiverable in the military. All depends upon needs and timing. We did not want to have to wait until Jan to come in and spend 9 weeks "reviewing". I am ready to serve. I spoke with my sponsor and he agreed that OBLC would not benefit me. I am looking at going to the Captains Career Course instead. It is more appropriate for my situation.

    For folks that are new nurses and new to the military you absolutely need to go. There is lots of good stuff there if you have not already learned it. I have seen med personnel (an MD) that came to the field with us and was not wearing his uniform properly. Not sure if that Doc had been to OBC or not but we squared him away and talked bad about him ;-)
  7. by   Gennaver
    Quote from Tanker
    Gen,

    It is an option and one I gladly take. OBLC would not benefit me. I looked at the COI and it is all stuff I have done before. I have been to the field many times over my 10 years as an officer and didn't get to sleep in hooches (slept in, on or under the tank). I have officer experience up to Company Command of an Armor unit. I have done OERs and NCOERs. I know how to wear the uniform. I can read a map and land navigate. I have had plenty of NBC training. I can do an Op Order. I didn't see anything there that I haven't already covered. I have been to Officer Basic and Officer Advanced courses for Armor. What would be my purpose of going? I also have over 2 years ER nursing experience. The ANC has seen fit to bring me in as a CPT as well. I think I can step into Army nursing and be productive day one. If my Chief Nurse didn't think so she would not have offered me the position.

    You will find that many things are waiverable in the military. All depends upon needs and timing. We did not want to have to wait until Jan to come in and spend 9 weeks "reviewing". I am ready to serve. I spoke with my sponsor and he agreed that OBLC would not benefit me. I am looking at going to the Captains Career Course instead. It is more appropriate for my situation.

    For folks that are new nurses and new to the military you absolutely need to go. There is lots of good stuff there if you have not already learned it. I have seen med personnel (an MD) that came to the field with us and was not wearing his uniform properly. Not sure if that Doc had been to OBC or not but we squared him away and talked bad about him ;-)

    Hooah!

    Man, I am sure there are several nurses, (former enlisted) who would've like to have had this opt out option.

    Congrats!
    Gen
  8. by   SEASTWOODRN
    Tanker:

    CONGRATULATIONS!! :smiley_aa
  9. by   Rme4life
    i love yuma and i hope you enjoy the area as much as i do. of course if you don't like the heat then you will struggle. i struggle with the cold. good luck.

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