New Army Nurse Corps officers: first things first! - page 5

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. Visit  jeckrn profile page
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    Is it a VA form or military form? If its a VA form I do not think that it would be in iperms.
  2. Visit  Pixie.RN profile page
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    Quote from jeckrn
    Is it a VA form or military form? If its a VA form I do not think that it would be in iperms.
    It's a DA form, I believe. Not VA. Apparently they have to verify if I declined the Montgomery GI Bill before allowing me to use the Post-911 GI Bill... omg, I was on hold with them forever today and finally got to a helpful person! Ugh. Not a good start to my benefits. I applied for benefits in August.
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  3. Visit  jfratian profile page
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    If you didn't decline the Montgomery, are you required to use it first?
  4. Visit  Pixie.RN profile page
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    No clue! But I believe you can decline it later. I never paid into it in the first place ($1200).
  5. Visit  jeckrn profile page
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    I had to decline one of my education benefits and it was thru the VA. Once I got thru to them they sent me a letter and I had to decide which of the 2 education benefits I wanted to give up so I could use the post 9-11 bill. I did not have to decline my active duty Montgomery since I give up my reserve Montgomery bill. Once I signed my letter and sent it in they came back refusing my 9-11 bill stating they did not receive my letter in time, which they did but did not process it in time. I then faxed the letter in and with in 2 weeks had my letter of eligibility for the 9-11 bill.
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  6. Visit  Pixie.RN profile page
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    I am driving myself nuts trying to choose between the Montgomery GI Bill and the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Arrghh. I should write another article about this new adventure, lol.
  7. Visit  jfratian profile page
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    I don't really see why you would choose the Montgomery. If you choose the 911, you get a $1200 rebate (from the Montgomery) plus the average total public schol in-state cost-of-attendance and BAH for 3 years. That sounds pretty good to me.
  8. Visit  Pixie.RN profile page
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    Quote from jfratian
    I don't really see why you would choose the Montgomery. If you choose the 911, you get a $1200 rebate (from the Montgomery) plus the average total public schol in-state cost-of-attendance and BAH for 3 years. That sounds pretty good to me.
    That's what I thought... However, I would only get 50% BAH because it's an online program (despite the in-person clinical practicum portions), and I only get BAH starting in July because I am still on active duty now. For the Montgomery GI Bill, I get the cost of monthly tuition and fees or $1717 per month, whichever is less, while I am on active duty. When I leave active duty in July, I get $1717 per month. I can cover tuition and then some with that. In doing the math, I will get $3K more in benefits with the MGIB vs. the Post 9/11 GI Bill. I did month-by-month number crunching this afternoon to examine the duration of my program (22 months total) after phone calls to the VA and my school. The other thing - if I use all 36 months of the MGIB, I will get another 12 months of benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, for a total of 48 months of benefits, since I qualify for both now. That would probably cover a DNP program. If I decline the MGIB now, I cannot change my mind later. I thought it would be a no-brainer to go with the Post 9/11, until I really looked at it.
  9. Visit  jfratian profile page
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    I suppose I always planned to use mine full-time, in which case the 9/11 would win of course. If you're a part-time student, then it might be tough.
  10. Visit  Pixie.RN profile page
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    Quote from jfratian
    I suppose I always planned to use mine full-time, in which case the 9/11 would win of course. If you're a part-time student, then it might be tough.
    My program is considered to be full-time, but the distance aspect cuts my BAH in half, essentially. But the additional 12 months of benefits is awesome. The person I talked to at the VA said I could use those 12 months of Post 9/11 after exhausting the 36 months of MGIB as long as I joined before August 2011. I am not sure why that date comes into play, but that is what she said. I will probably make more phone calls on Monday. Lol
  11. Visit  crazycaryl88 profile page
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    I am currently a reservist in the army nurse corps. Does anyone have any insight on how difficult it is to go from reserve to active? I really want to make the military my career. I've drilled almost a year, and havent gone to BOLC yet. I;m just getting a little frustrated with the wait.
  12. Visit  Pixie.RN profile page
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    Quote from crazycaryl88
    I am currently a reservist in the army nurse corps. Does anyone have any insight on how difficult it is to go from reserve to active? I really want to make the military my career. I've drilled almost a year, and havent gone to BOLC yet. I;m just getting a little frustrated with the wait.
    The Army is still drawing down, so extremely difficult.
  13. Visit  OBigdog26 profile page
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    Hey pixie, how about FNP in the army? I'm still interested in going back in once I finish the program. I start this August and will hopefully finish in three years. I need to research and find out if they have any incentives for joining the service. A stipend and loan repayment would be nice for joining.


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