Navy Nursing or Air Force Nursing after high school?

  1. I'm a sophmore in high school. I'm going to have to make a decision by next year. I need to know which is better for paying for college. Physical requirements? I'm 5'3& 112 pounds, but I'm so not athletic ha. I've kind of had my heart set on the Navy, but someone told my dad that Air Force is better. I need a lot of input cause I'm very indecisive sbout this. If I do Navy, I can go to Vanderbilt. what are my college options for Air Force? Navy pays up to $180,000 for college. so really what I need is Air Force Nursing info& people with real experience. Help please
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  3. by   169xtw
    I suppose Navy Nursing will bring you to a lot of different places with constant travel on the naval ship.
  4. by   DSchulte99
    I'm assuming you are doing the ROTC route. Why not meet with each one.
  5. by   Enthused RN
    OP - here is the specific website that shows what universities host AFROTC. Take a look:

    U.S. Air Force ROTC - College Life - College Locator
  6. by   nurse2033
    Size does not have anything to do with athletic ability, or fitness. Some of the best athletes in the world are your size (gymnastics or rock climbing for example). Fitness results from hard work not ability. As for college funds you need to meet with recruiters and dig into the details. For what it is worth, the Air Force is well known for taking good care of its people regarding housing, living conditions and so on. Each service has its pros and cons. I'm very happy with the AF but my Dad joined the Navy because he knew he'd always have three hots and a cot (instead of MREs and a sleeping bag). Good luck.
    Hi OP.

    First, congratulations on having an idea of what you want to do as a career at so young an age. I wish I decided on nursing when I was a sophomore in HS instead of my early thirties.

    The best advice I can give you is to speak to an Army, Air Force or Navy recruiter. Ok, now that I got the expected advice out of the way, here is a little extra.

    Generally speaking, The Army is the service to go to if you are looking for reimbursement of education expenses you already have prior to entering one of the branches of the military. They have a health education reimbursement benefit that will pay off one third of your education loans per year for 3 years. I'm not kidding! You will be school loan free at the end of three years. As for the other benefits, If I'm not mistaken they're all just about the same when all is said and done. They may call them different things and pay them in different ways but in the end the amounts they pay towards your education are within spitting distance of each other. Also, If you ever wanted to go the CRNA route, the Army has the US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing ([USAGPAN. [I highly suggest you Google this.I don't know how to attach links, or I would have, but you should take a look at this.] Though this is open to Army, air force and civilian applicants, a strong letter of recommendation from an Army Base commander can't hurt, and you won't get one of those unless you're in the Army ).

    For what it's worth, I'm considering going back into the Service upon graduation (I'm a former Marine), and my choices in order are Army, Air Force then Navy. No disrespect intended toward the Navy-Lord knows we need'em,- but I've been on several deployments and I wouldn't wish ship life on my worst enemy-and I can be pretty vicious! Granted more of their nurses serve on land than ship, but the possibility of serving on ship dealing with (yeah, I'm just gonna say it) pain in the ***, immature and reckless Marines isn't really there in the Army or Air Force. I don't want to get into it, but just trust me-we always kept medical busy sewing us back up after taking on stupid dares and making stupid decisions-like "I bet you I can hold this blender blade still when you hit the button!" I. AM. NOT. JOKING! This is what you will put up with (along with crowded ship life with ZERO privacy). BTW, I was on ship when the "Blender" incident happened. And this isn't a rare thing with us (Marines) either...

    Hope this helped, but remember that this is just one (amazing [lol]) man's opinion. Speak to the recruiters of all 3 branches to get a better idea of what they have to offer. Oh, just make sure you keep in mind that it is their JOB to recruit. THEY WILL FEED YOU HALF TRUTHS AND LIES, so look into their eyes as they answer your questions. It is usually not very difficult to read someones body language and tell if they're hiding something. Most of the lies they tell are lies of omission. Do your research on the internet first to get a basic idea of the benefits of the respective services, and draw your questions from that research.

    Good luck.

    Also, I just read the post above and have to agree that "Yes", the Air Force is known for having (FAR) better living conditions, and a generally better day to day life for their people than the rest of us. At least as far as enlisted's are concerned. As for officers-which you will be if you enter any service as a BSN RN, I don't know if this is true as officers even in the Marines had pretty good lives. But I won't be surprised if it were true for officer's as well.
    Last edit by PRICHARILLAisMISSED on Jan 15, '13
  8. by   JillyRN
    The only advice I can offer is to do your research and continue to make yourself a very competitive candidate. Keep in mind that with the current economy and military downsizing, all positions including nursing are not as desperately needed. I had to be persistent just to get a health care recruiter to speak to me this past year (Nov 2012). The Navy recruiter never responded, Army called me a month later, and I ended up going into the AF office after a couple weeks without response. The AF was only looking for 80 nurses from all specialties for FY2013. I think I heard the Army was only taking 40? You'll have to keep your GPA up (I'd say at least a 3.5) and try to take on some volunteer opportunities. I commend you on starting early