I completed my senior practicum for a BSN program at a local VA hospital and was TRULY, and DEEPLY affected by my time there. I am considering
military nursing as a possible road in my life, and many people have said I would prosper there (apparently based on my temperament).
I just have a number of basic questions. Don't feel obligated to answer them all, but any information is welcome. I understand they it may differ depending on the branch of military I enter. I will tell you that I am leaning towards the Navy
, but also have an inclination towards the Coast Guard
. Hopefully any differentiating between the two will aid me in selecting my ideal branch of the military.
1) As I have an undergraduate degree in nursing
, I would enter as an 'officer'. What exactly comes along with that? (And please answer all following questions based on the assumption that I am an 'Officer.')
2) Immediately arriving to my first naval base or training area -- what are my expectations? An educational program? A fitness program? Details on each.
3) What would my living situation be like? Would I have 'bunk-mates' so to speak, or do I have my own apartment?
4) I am a vegetarian. Do they accommodate such practices? Would I get 'beef' (no pun-intended) from all my comrades for being a vegetarian? Just curious.
5) I do NOT need any loan repayment from college, fortunately... What then are my required years for active service?
6) What is expected of me during active service?
7) What is expected of me during 'inactive' service? Can you switch between the two phases?
8) To military nurses... I understand that you are placed in an area of nursing that is under-represented. Are there any chances of working in an environment you select? For example - I mainly want to work in the Operating Room.
9) What is the medical test like? And is poor vision (I NEED
contacts/glasses) a disadvantage?
10) What is my first year like, in a nut-shell?
11) What are the following years generally like?
*Anything else you feel is pertinent information!
I am very obviously a military newbie. Unfortunately, no one in my very small and quiet family has served in the military (save for when the draft was still in place).
Thank you for your time!