Hi all, I'm brand new to this board - and I thought I'd ask for some much needed advice.
I'll be forward - I enlisted in the Navy and leave for BT on 9/27. My rating is HM.
My goal is to become a CRNA as fast as possible. The problem is that I'm not sure that I can trust my recruiter (he told me there was an apprenticeship program called 'anasthesiologists apprentice' - which I took without research, my bad). I will note that I don't have any credits toward a degree yet. I would like to get my BSN while I'm enlisted. If it makes any difference, my ASVAB composite was 91.
So here are my questions:
-What is the best course of action to take in getting this goal accomplished? -Should I try to get into the 'nursing' apprenticeship program?
-What are the prerequisites for getting into this program?
-What is the best program or way to get credits through my job that will go towards getting my BSN?
-What would be the best 'c' school I should try to get into that would help move me closer to my BSN?
-I've been told that the top "x" percent in HM "A" school get to choose their "c" school, but that even if you don't finish in that top "x" percent - you can still petition to get the "c" school of your choosing ... what's the deal with this?
-Can someone give me some advice regarding SOCNAV? How can I best use SOCNAV to get my BSN?
-In order to become a CRNA, after my BSN I understand I'll need various experience in an ICU, or trauma, type setting and then typically a 2 year anasthesia program ... What's the best way (IF there are any) in the Navy, as an HM, to acquire credit toward that 'ICU or trauma' experience and/or the anasthesia program?
-Will the Navy pay for my education automatically (once and while I'm enlisted), or should I make sure there is something on my contract that will ensure that?
-A friend of mine, that was an HM in the Navy, recently got out and said he received like 30K, from the government ... IN HIS BANK ACCOUNT?! Can anyone explain, offhand, how this happens?
-IS there a way to ensure where I'll be stationed after BT (I've been told that you pick 10 places you'd like to be, and are guaranteed one of them. My recruiter THEN said he just picked Pearl Harbor and got it... what's the REAL deal?)
I know, I know, that's alot of information to ask for, but any and all is GREATLY appreciated!
I really want to prepare myself as much as possible and make the most out of my time in the Navy. I have a million other questions about BT, what to expect, the intricacies and nuances of what will get you farther and such, but I don't wanna wear out my welcome on my first post!!
I plan on checking this board frequently, but if it's more convenient for you to email me privately, my address is PhilRoman1@hotmail.com
Apr 9, '04
Calfax said it perfectly! I am afraid you did get the wool pulled over your eyes. Though it is possible to get a degree while in the Navy, It will be very difficult. I can just hear the recruiter now, "Yes you can do this, yes you can do that, oh it will be a breeze" as he/she is thinking "poor sucker". The fastest route to CNRA would be to go to college. In the Navy they do care about your goals and dreams, as long as it doesnt interfere with the "mission". What you can do if you are locked into this enlistment is sign up for the GI bill, and knock out as many courses as possible. You should get $4,500 a year for tuition asistance, plus $150.00 a quarter for books. If you are lucky enough to get stationed on land, talk with your education officer when you get settled, and start as soon as possible. Good luck!!!!
Last edit by gerry79 on Apr 9, '04