The BSN is required for all branches. If I were you, I would ask about possible scholarship opporunities available from whichever branch you are considering. This could really grease the wheels for your entry, unlike those of us who did not get one, or were not knowledgeable enough beforehand to ask about one. Positions are getting EXTREMELY competitive and doesn't look like that will be changing anytime soon. And don't be scared to go talk with a Health Care Professionals Recruiter for all branches, complare notes and ask LOTS of questions. Each branch has different entry requirements and different things that they look for in an applicant. The more you can do to improve how you look, the better your chances. Try getting into volunteer hours, stay physically fit (you can see the PT requirements on-line or get a personal trainer to put you through a military-style workout) and, above all, BE VERY PATIENT WITH THE PROCESS. I started applying over 18 months ago and was a on-select my first time around. The process is very taxing on you and any family you may have, so it's not for everyone. You really need to want to serve or it can get very discouraging. Sorry to sound like a down-trip, but I wish I had known much of this before I started applying because it has been a very hard thing to go through for me and my family. Mostly its just the waiting game. But I just keep my mind on the benefits for those involved, personally and professionally. Good luck and may your journey be a little smoother than mine!