I've been talking with the recruiters for couple months now, and will most likely signing a contract with them in a week or so. But before I do that, I hope to hear your advice since, you know, recruiters sometimes only tell you the good stuffs.
I have a BS in dietetics, but I want to be eventually a RN/PA/NP. Since I'm not a citizen yet (permanent resident), I cannot commission as an officer. The recruiters found me a slot for 68w and 68wm6 (both Reserves). I just have to decide which one I want.
I don't have any college loan so I will give up the Loan Assistance benefit and get the GI bill instead. And they got me a $18,000 sign-on bonus.
Now if I take the 68w slot, I'll be a EMT-B when I come out, and I can apply for a LVN school and then a RN school using the GI bill. I've read from other posts that I can challenge the CA LVN board (i live in CA), but I think that is only for active duty personnel with 12m+ experience, if I'm not mistaken.
Now if I take the 68wm6 slot, I'll be a LVN when I come out, and I only have to find a LVN-RN bridge program to get my RN license.
I know there is a program in the army that pays the enlisted soldiers to go to RN school (Army Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program). And I think that could be another shot, if I can get in.
I can even try PA program after I come out (right?).
Maybe you may wonder why I don't just take the 68wm6 route since they will pay for the LVN training. That's because I have a family here, and I just had a baby few months ago, and I really don't want to leave them for 16 months.
BTW, I'll be signing the Delayed Entry Program, and won't be shipped till 6 months later. That's because, again, of the new baby.
Please if you have any opinion, let me know! I don't know of any military personally and would really appreciate your input!
Mar 27, '10
You do not have to leave your family for 16 months. You can bring them with you, when you go to Phase 2 of the 68WM6 program...
Mar 27, '10
we thought about that option too, but we can't afford my husband's pay cut if he moves to texas.