StudentNurse15…hello and I will try to answer all of the questions, but let me clear up a small bit of confusion that jj1ski may have created. IF you are asking all of these questions with regard to the ACTIVE side of the house, then going to a RESERVE unit to ask questions will not benefit you. They go to DCO school (2 weeks) and not ODS (5 weeks)…two very different things. We do different jobs and have different expectations. You should only go to a RESERVE center if your intention is to join the RESERVES. If it is ACTIVE you are interested in then you can arrange with a recruiter to speak to someone. They will most likely contact me and then I will get in touch with who best would fit your needs and scope of questions. Don't mind the caps…I find a lot of people responding to questions on this site mix up the two, so I just want to be super clear about what you are asking and what I am in turn answering. Here goes for the questions in order:
1. Earlier is better. There is no reason you cannot pop in to ask the recruiters questions and express interest. It is their job to be out there for potential applicants. Now, that being said let me temper some expectations. For you, you are already out of the NCP window if you maintain the current path. You cannot apply to NCP without a current acceptance letter to a CCNE or ACEN accredited program, and right now you will. If you have that already then you need to get in touch with a recruiter immediately!! If you wait, your projected graduation date puts you as an FY16 grad and we will only be accepting qualified (meaning meets all requirements and physically qualified) applications this year. When you finish your ASN…if that is required prior to knowing your acceptance for the BSN, then we will be well beyond that window. If not the case and you have the BSN acceptance now, then as already stated…get in touch with a recruiter immediately!! We begin accepting theses kits starting Aug 1. America's Navy - A Global Force for Good™ : Navy.com
is where to start or you can google Navy Recruiting Districts and try to find out which one would cover your area. If this is in any way confusing let me know.
2. No experience is needed for NCP because we know you are in school, but again, we only accept certain year groups each fiscal year (Oct 1 - Sept 30) and if you miss your window then your only option becomes to try and apply Direct Accession and that is only if we are accepting applications. If you were going to opt for DA then you do not need experience if you are intending to apply for acceptance immediately after graduation. In your case however, you would need to have the application ready to be finished to correlate with your current projected graduation as you will have to be credentialed. Basically, once you graduate you must be credentialed…be that a day or a year, so having everything ready to go minus that piece would serve you well. Again, assuming you meet all other criteria.
3. I did not attend ODS. I attended what is known as NSI (8 weeks) because I am prior enlisted and earned my commission through a program that the Navy offered internally. Some of my co-workers attended, and I observed the ODS class while in Newport, RI. 5 weeks of learning how to be an officer is what it boils down to. A LOT of physical activity, and a LOT of trying to get you ready for your new military role. Is there yelling? Yes. Is there a lot of inspection and bed making? Yes. Is there goose poop? Oh Lord Yes. You can go online and read up about it at this link...Officer Training Command, Home of Navy OCS - ODS - Program Overview
DO NOT go out of shape, and know that the RUN is the ONLY option for PRT while at ODS. No waivers are granted for this school and the PRT requirements.
4. I urge you to think long and hard about what kind of career you want in Healthcare. If you want to be a Nurse, then go full force, all out, and when you get down the road there are lots of opportunities for NP and extra trainings on the active side. They are down the road though, and you have to be in it for a longer haul if you want the NC to pick up the tab. That said, if you want to be a PA, then do not be a nurse in the USN Nurse Corps. There will be no opportunity for you travel down that road short of doing your time and getting out to pursue it on your own. You also do not want to be unhappy, so if PA is your passion then focus on PA. If it something maybe for later you could do that, but there is no Nurse to PA route.
5. Not that I know of. Prior existing relationship. You will NEVER be stationed in the same direct Chain of Command though, and if you are you better rectify it quick because if someone else catches the error you both will have a lot of questions to answer, and your career will suffer the most. This means you will not deploy together as this would be one of those instances, and if stationed at the same command it will be to different floors/units/directorates. I know he is reserve, but medical is much more likely to run into this than if it were a completely separate community. Just make sure everyone knows up front, and of course no kissing and canoodling while in uniform :-)
Hope this at least starts to clear the water. Let me know if something is more muddy or if you have different questions. Good Luck!
LT, NC, USN