Hi Purple Demon, like you I was a non-select during the winter months of 2010 due to quota being met for 2011. I'm an ER Nurse with 3 years experience. I'm a prior Hospital Corpsman, used my GI Bill for school. Class speaker, valedictorian, etc. I've done what's asked of me and more. I'm also the Charge nurse in the ER I work in. I have TNCC, ACLS, BLS, PALS save for my CEN.
I had two recruiters. The first one was dreadful, he was an MMC (machinist mate, Chief), I had to pull teeth just to get a word out of him...and the things he would say once he got around to answering my questions were things I already found out by googling 'key words'. I'm sure you've done the same :[ This second one though, she's awesome (but maybe bc the bar was set so low?) either way, I'm impressed with her. She knows her stuff and truly wants to see me in khakis. I'm not sure what region your in, but if you're in Washington State area I'll give you her contact info.
As far as selection boards, all I was told was that 'they meet every week'. I'm not sure what that means even and when I asked for clarification, there wasn't any. For experience, my LTJG told me that 6 months would look solid for ER/ICU experience. With all that said, I'm beside myself. I started this process September 2009...it's gonna be Sept. 2011. I can still remember the countless and heartbreaking paperwork I had to redo, rescan, refax, etc. But it's come down to this and quite frankly I wouldn't be surprised if I'm not picked up.
My recruiter did something special for me for when they see my kit at the selection board. She put me in like this and I hope this helps you. 1. Critical Care active duty 2. ER RN active duty 3. Critical Care Reserves 4. ER RN Reserves. I told my current recruiter and her superiors "whatever it took" to get me in the uniform
Lastly from what I know, the board met in the first week of August. I had my kit reviewed over and over again and as far as I can tell it was "tight" and ready for delivery. Again, I don't feel so hot and I'm ready for the next step if they don't take me this time around. But I feel pretty proud to make it this far, but unfortunately, sometimes the best man doesn't always win. I'll let you know if something new arises or if I find a tip that can help you.