I am a new commissioned officer at the U.S. Army Nurse Corps and I will do my drills with a Combat Support Hospital (CSH) unit in North Florida. My recruiter told me, as a reserve, I have a contract of 3 years (Reserve) and 5 years (IRR). On the contract that I signed, it only mentioned 8 years. How does it really work?
What a nurse at the military can do to earn awards from his/her unit or the army? In other words, what are the criteria to get awards?
Your contract should include the amount of time you're serving in the active reserve and the time you have remaining in the IRR. The 3/5 split you reference in the OP is pretty typical.
There are different criteria for different awards. Most of them revolve around a certain level of performance that is qualitative, not quantitative, in nature. There isn't a checklist that you can run down and somehow qualify for recognition.
While awards are nice, you're a new officer. You need to focus on developing yourself professionally as both a Soldier and a nurse above everything else. Awards shouldn't be on your radar at this point.
Last edit by SoldierNurse22 on Jan 7, '14