Quote from kayteeRNBSN
So I have called both and in the air force they said that I would def be deployed somewhere during my term, and the navy said it was optional.
Keep in mind that the recruiters want you in...they're not going to outright lie to you, but they may not be entirely upfront about what your chances really are.
As someone who is both married to a servicemember and is friends with a few Navy nurses (as well as entertained the thought of going Navy myself), I can assure you that you DO have a good chance of being deployed should you go Navy. One of my friends, her first job right out of OCS (officer school) was...you guessed it: 6 months individual augmentee (no family allowed) tour in Iraq. My better half served a year overseas and yes, there were plenty of Navy and Army nurses along from the 12-month ride.
Neither of those were "optional," BTW. Other nurses I knew had to relocate from to coast to coast fairly frequently...again, not always an "optional" choice.
Mind you, you could luck out and end up with a three year tour in one place, but there's no guarantees. Chances are good but not 100%. Also, there's no guarantee that you will end up at the Naval base/installation you want: you will put in your preferences and while the detailer will do his or her best to accommodate them...ultimately you go where they need you to go, whether here or overseas. Hawai'i and the entire West Coast are very popular choices, but not everyone can be sent there. However, if you do want to see the world, tell the recruiter that you'd be willing to go overseas and you most likely would get it since not many others want to go.
The military has a lot of great options, but keep all this in mind before you jump.
There's several military nurses around here that could fill you in better than I can.
Best of luck whatever you decide!