Thank you in advance for any advice, honesty, and positivity in responses.
Straight to the question:
Is there any bargaining/negotiating power when it comes to the Air Force offering an Operating Room Nurse the HPLRP (Active Duty Health Professions Loan Repayment) with a standard 8 year MSO, within that being 3 year Active Duty Service commitment?
They offered me one installment of a loan repayment - $40,000 (taxable) for 3 year ADSC, or $80,000 for a 4 year ADSC. When I had applied, I understood it to be something that you applied for while active and could get approved for up to a maximum of 3 year loan repayment totaling $120,000 (taxable). Also, if there isn't any negotiating power, I would opt of the 3 year ADSC/$40,000 repayment, and would hope to likely get offered the HPLRP for retainment purposes at the end of the 3 years.
I know that the OR is one of the most understaffed nursing categories in the Military. (The army was offering sign-on bonuses, etc, but I was set on AirForce) So much so that after not getting enough OR nurses for the January board application, the Air Force added an April boards, which I was selected for.
I am single and have been living in NYC for 15 years. I will be 36 years old in August. I have been an OR nurse for 2 years. (with a specialization in Spine surgery) It is my first hospital nursing job. The military is pushing for me to start in August, but scroll might not get approved till late september. Assignment location is Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio Texas. I am excited! but it's also a little scary too.
side note: Although the application process seemed so long, now because of recent life event that caused financial strain, Im worried about going so soon (august) to Air Force. I was hoping to load up on OT at my current job which as it is, is like triple the amount Id get paid in Military...
Thanks again everyone!