I am interested in joining the military reserves or quite possibly the military as a career.
Both active duty and reserves are very selective right now. Most branches are requiring BSN with varying years of experience.
The reason I am interested in the military is that I need something more. I love nursing but everything I have experienced so far is somewhat boring and that's mostly due to the rural area that I live in and the hospitals that I have done clinicals in normally ship trauma patients to the big city hospitals.
The military has many, many, many locations that are remote and rural that you'll probably be stationed at. It isn't all big-city hospital experience--not by a long shot. Those spots are getting competitive as the drawdown starts to cut our numbers and people begin to vie for the best spots.
Your intentions sound fairly noble, but you need to understand that the military is a lifestyle, and a very demanding one that is getting more and more demanding by the day. The budget is not going to be nice to you. You're going to face long hours, understaffing, and probably mandatory overtime as the number of DOD civilians in the nursing workforce dwindle and the system begins to pull on military nurses as the primary source of labor.
Keep this in mind: once you're in, they own you. You WILL be asking for a pass if you want to travel beyond your mileage radius (150-250 miles around the base, depending on your hospital), even on your days off. You WILL be at their mercy for vacation (just because you have leave doesn't mean you get to use it!). You WILL go where they tell you to go and do what they tell you to do, even if it's in a tiny little rural hospital that's been staffed by the same 50 people for the past 60 years. You WILL without a shadow of a doubt find yourself mandated to work overtime, especially if we're sequestered/furloughed/the freezing hire isn't lifted soon. You will very likely find yourself with a massive burden on your shoulders because as military, you can get ordered to do something. Civilians? Not only do they not have to do what they're told, but it's extremely difficult to fire them.
I've been in now for long enough to be able to tell you that this lifestyle worked well for me when I was single. Being married and a state away from my husband, forced to ask for a pass everytime I want to see him? Not working for me anymore.
Seriously consider what you're getting into. The military will force you to hand over many of the decisions you're used to making as an adult. Are you willing to complete 3-4 forms (including a risk assessment and car inspection) and submit them to your command in order to take a mileage pass for that weekend you already have off?
Make sure your kids are OK with you being gone for extended periods of time. And seriously, be willing to give up a substantial chunk of your time, energy and freedom, because they're cutting the military itself, and it's going to get fiercely competitive. The one who sacrifices the most will "win" retirement. The others will separate.