- by five_marshalls Aug 3, '12Dumb question but here goes anyway. No one has said anything to me about a board choosing me as a officer. They are saying that my package has to be submitted. Is this the same thing? I am applying for a specific position and no one has made any indication that I am competing against other people for the slot. I find that hard to believe after reading all the postings. Am I in denial that I'm the only person going for this position? Any opinions?
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- Aug 3, '12 by SN2013Quote from five_marshallsDid you submit your package for the NTP (nurse transition program)?Dumb question but here goes anyway. No one has said anything to me about a board choosing me as a officer. They are saying that my package has to be submitted. Is this the same thing? I am applying for a specific position and no one has made any indication that I am competing against other people for the slot. I find that hard to believe after reading all the postings. Am I in denial that I'm the only person going for this position? Any opinions?
- Are you applying for active duty or reserve?
- No. I've been a nurse for seven years. So the board is for the NTP? Is there no "board" for OTS? Thanks for replying! Being spoon fed information is frustrating.
- Applying for reserved but I'm going active for a year to get all my training in.
- Aug 3, '12 by SN2013You must have applied for the fully qualified boards....I'm not familiar with those, I'm sorry!
- No prob. Thanks for replying. Haven't talked to anyone yet who has gone the same path as me yet. Hope someone will answer me who can shine a little light on my path 😊. Good luck on your journey.
- The NTP is for new grads/active duty only, so you don't have to worry about that since you've been a nurse for seven years and you are applying for the reserve. Nurses (along with other professions like lawyers, doctors, etc) go to COT (Commissioned Officer Training) instead of OTS, it's basically the same thing, but COT is shorter than OTS. I believe that applying as a nurse to the reserve is a little different than applying as one to active duty - as I understand it you are applying for a specific job within a specific unit in the reserve, wheras with active duty you would apply for a job that could be anywhere. Beyond that I'm not really sure how the process is different since I haven't applied to the reserve as an officer before...I would think there are probably a few other people competing for the same slot that you are applying for, but not nearly the number of people applying for an active duty spot. I'm pretty sure that everyone who applies as an officer (active duty or reserve) has to have their package submitted to a board so that they can review it and confirm that they feel you are fit to become an officer. Hopefully some of that makes sense - I could be wrong about some parts....maybe there is someone out there who has gone through the process of applying as a nurse with the reserve who can explain it in more detail...Have you tried asking your recruiter any of these questions?
- Thank you for your info! Yes I've asked my recruiter lots of questions. He has been very vague since the beginning. I just found out he transferred to another job and my new recruiter is going to be talking with me next week. I think that most of my confusion is that I have no military background so all of the processes and terms are a foreign language to me. I read the chat boards and I'm not sure what does and doesn't apply to me. Many times when I do formulate my questions I find it doesn't even apply to my situation (like the COT-OTS thing ☺). Thanks again for the info. Good luck to you!
- You're welcome, and thanks for the good luck wishes!! I hope your new recruiter is better than the other one. I've had a number of different recruiters and some of them are not so great and some are amazing. The ones that are amazing make all the difference in the world when it comes to understanding everything!! Good luck to you too!!