New Army Nurse Corps officers: first things first! - page 2

I am speaking fondly to my direct commission brethren (and sistren?) who don't know their ORB from their iPERMS. Some of this will seem obvious to prior service folks, or people who have been in for... Read More

  1. by   tacomaster
    Lunah, what age were you when you came in? Do you see brand new 2LTs in their early 30s? Im curious because I'm prior enlisted, about to finish my BSN and have thought about coming back in. I'm just wondering if it's too late, especially with all the reduction in force and cuts to the military I keep hearing about.
  2. by   Pixie.RN
    I was 38 when I commissioned, and was 39 by the time I finished BOLC and in-processed to my first duty assignment. It's never too late! Seriously, if you want to come back in, go for it. We had our branch managers from Ft. Knox visit last year, and they said the average age of a 1LT in the Nurse Corps is about 30 these days. It's not unusual to be older, especially if nursing isn't your first career.

    Your best bet is to get a couple years of experience, then apply. They are more inclined to take nurses with experience right now. But talk to a healthcare recruiter -- this stuff changes all the time.
  3. by   tacomaster
    Thanks Lunah . I guess I just remember all the young O1s, O2s, O3s when I was in and everyone retiring around 38-42 years of age. Do you have any certifications right now? Do they offer any sort of annual bonus for having one? I keep finding conflicting information. If you know, please let me know.
  4. by   Pixie.RN
    I have my CEN, and I do get an annual bonus for that -- $20K per year, before taxes, as Incentive Special Pay (ISP). It would not surprise me if they did away with the ISP at some point -- we heard rumors last year that it was going away, but apparently hasn't yet.
  5. by   Megan8683
    Did you have your CEN prior to commissioning, or was this something you obtained after you got in?
  6. by   Pixie.RN
    I had it a couple of years before I commissioned.
  7. by   traumaRN1908
    Quote from tacomaster
    Thanks Lunah . I guess I just remember all the young O1s, O2s, O3s when I was in and everyone retiring around 38-42 years of age. Do you have any certifications right now? Do they offer any sort of annual bonus for having one? I keep finding conflicting information. If you know, please let me know.
    I was "old(30)" when I commissioned too. There are a few of us out there and you will meet more prior service peeps at BOLC, as well as direct commissions that have years of experience.
  8. by   ncox1
    I will be commissioning this year at 34.
  9. by   tacomaster
    I can't seem to get any good information from my healthcare recruiter. He's a nice guy and professional but hasn't been in his position very long. Do you think it's wrong to contact a different healthcare recruiter in a different area? I would be fine with going in right after I graduate with my BSN but he doesn't seem to think that's possible with the budget cuts and reduction in forces. It's kind of irritating because he doesn't really seem interested in having me start any paperwork and thinks I should work for a year as a nurse before applying. Any advice would be helpful. thanks.

    He's telling me basically what you said in your post above Lunah...
    Last edit by tacomaster on Apr 21, '13 : Reason: additional information
  10. by   armyicurn
    Your cut off is 42. U must be able to make 20 yrs of active fed svc and 10 of those 20 must be as an officer. Do not let age hold you back. We will be in another conflict soon... And they better not take my bonus. Otherwise we will be up the creek. I know the 8A community is spread thin.
  11. by   kilo_soldier
    I will be turning 35 when I commission later this year...just depends on my BOLC date.
  12. by   ncox1
    kilo_soldier
    Is Mrs Boyd your squad leader and when do you graduate?
  13. by   SimonRN
    Hi Lunah,
    I'm a med/surg RN, but I want join the Nurse Corps as an ICU RN. Should I get some ICU experience outside first, or can I move from m/s to icu easily once I'm serving?

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