Navy or Air Force?

  1. Hello everyone, so i'm joining the military for the benefits and the all the other possibilities...so here is my situation, this whole time i was positive i wanted to join the air force but now i'm realizing that the navy seems to be giving more bonuses and educational benefits than the other services....so my question is navy or air force? i'm hoping to join as a emt and then later become a nurse....but i need the most i can get since i;m going to be signing about 4-8 yrs to this commitment, if not longer....thank you for all the help you guys can give me....
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   DanznRN
    If you're joining SOLELY for the benefits, I'd put more thought in it. Don't get me wrong the benefits are great when you need them, but the military is way more than that. This is not your standard job you can start and quit when you don't like it. As for the bonuses and education, those are things that take time to EARN and you can get frustrated while waiting for your turn. Coming in as an enlisted corpsmen (EMT) and then becoming a nurse is a bit harder than you may think and generally takes about 6 years before you can start school, gotta pay your dues. I suggest starting nursing school and using the NCP program to finish paying for it. Not trying to discourage, but a well informed service member is a happy member. Look a bit deeper into what you're asking for.

    LCDR(s) Dan
  4. by   maribela21
    Thank you for your reply...to tell you the truth joining is something i feel that i need to do, but i also want to get the most i can out of it....i have been looking into the ncp program which the navy seems to offer unlike the air force....i want to make a career out of the military for one thing and the officer route is one that i'm definately interested in....i'm just trying to figure out whether the navy or the air force is the best route...:innerconf
  5. by   wtbcrna
    My advice is to look at all the services. Each one is different and more than likely unless you personally know someone in each branch you really will have a hard time getting a feel for each branch.

    Personally I think the Army has the most training opportunities.

    As LCDR Dan and myself can tell you the AF and the Navy both have substantial educational benefits. I am starting my CRNA school this coming week and Dan is doing his FNP both thru our service branches.

    I still think if being an officer is your ultimate goal the Navy ncp, USPHS COSTEP program, or ROTC is the way to go.
  6. by   maribela21
    Thank you so much wtbcrna for your advice....i think i may be switching to go w/ the navy from what i've learned so far.....does anyone know the recruiting process?
  7. by   Gennaver
    Quote from maribela21
    Hello everyone, so i'm joining the military for the benefits and the all the other possibilities...so here is my situation, this whole time i was positive i wanted to join the air force but now i'm realizing that the navy seems to be giving more bonuses and educational benefits than the other services....so my question is navy or air force? i'm hoping to join as a emt and then later become a nurse....but i need the most i can get since i;m going to be signing about 4-8 yrs to this commitment, if not longer....thank you for all the help you guys can give me....
    Hi,
    As has been mentioned, if you join as an emt you will be enlisted. You will be full time and from what I also hear it is not easy to go to school to become a nurse when you are full time anything, let alone enlisted.

    My suggestion is to try to go ROTC or as a Student Nurse candidate, (either Air Force or Army as both have that).

    I also HIGHLY recommend that you call a "Health Care Recruiter", nursing specific, to find out your best options. If you call any recruiter it will likely be an enlisted recruiter who knows little to nothing about nursing but, will want you to sign and will claim that you can get your RN while enlisted...

    Good luck!
    Gen-former EMT-A, soon to be new graduate RN!!
  8. by   navygirl
    As a Navy nurse, I would recommend that you really think about what you want for yourself, and don't let the recruiters pressure you into signing anything until you are absolutely SURE of what you want. Once you commit to either service, you ARE committed. I find that many of our corpsmen come into the Navy with false ideas about what to expect. Try to talk to some corpsmen and air force techs (not sure what the AF equivalent is) about their experiences. I think you will get the most honest idea of what to expect from them. It will be hard work, long hours, and a long route to a nursing degree. Just consider everything carefully.
  9. by   maribela21
    Thank you so much to all your responses...if anyone else can think of anything else that could help me, feel free to post,i would greatly appreciate it
  10. by   kookinitreal
    Quote from maribela21
    Hello everyone, so i'm joining the military for the benefits and the all the other possibilities...so here is my situation, this whole time i was positive i wanted to join the air force but now i'm realizing that the navy seems to be giving more bonuses and educational benefits than the other services....so my question is navy or air force? i'm hoping to join as a emt and then later become a nurse....but i need the most i can get since i;m going to be signing about 4-8 yrs to this commitment, if not longer....thank you for all the help you guys can give me....
    Join the AF for better quality of life(shorter deployments, better chow, nicer facilities). Join the Navy if you like to live by the beach...diarrhea is diarrhea...simple as that
  11. by   KaraMalia
    Have you thought about doing ROTC for either branch?
  12. by   steph_star
    I also need help! What is the difference between Air Force and the Navy ROTC for a nurse? Which is the better branch for a nurse to be in?
    I was also thinking of transferring to Norwich University for their nursing program. Does anyone know if it is difficult to get into their nursing program?
    And.....I am 20 years old and I am not married or have kids. So I have nothing tyeing me down.I also love traveling.

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