Question About Air Force Summer 2012 NTP Board - page 2

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Hello Everyone, So I'm currently nearing the end of my second semester of nursing school with three more semesters to go. I will be graduating in May 2013. I've talked to my local Air Force health professions recruiter and... Read More


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    LN75, I live just south of Boise, so I guess that's why my recruiter is in Utah. With NTP it doesn't matter when you became a RN, but if you have the year of experience. I guess having to go to NTP won't hurt, though . UCAFblue, CV stands for Curriculum Vitae. It is like a resume filled with your experience and personal nursing goals. Do either of you know how many years you are thinking of committing? I'm not quite sure if I want to do 3 years or 6. I have been reading anything I can find about COT online, and it is making me really excited to go! It is also making me more nervous about getting selected in July!
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    LN75, I live just south of Boise, so I guess that's why my recruiter is in Utah. With NTP it doesn't matter when you became a RN, but if you have the year of experience. I guess having to go to NTP won't hurt, though . UCAFblue, CV stands for Curriculum Vitae. It is like a resume filled with your experience and personal nursing goals. Do either of you know how many years you are thinking of committing? I'm not quite sure if I want to do 3 years or 6. I have been reading anything I can find about COT online, and it is making me really excited to go! It is also making me more nervous about getting selected in July!
    cva111 you sound like you've got a pretty good handle on things, and you're well prepared for the board this summer…it sounds to me like you have a pretty good shot! sure wish i knew how many applicants will be applying! thats the only thing that really makes me nervous

    I think COT will be pretty intense, but fun. I've read lots about it online too, and i have several friends who were enlisted and have since been commissioned…they tell me to treat COT like BMT. theres a physical and mental breaking point that we all need to experience before we can know what we can handle. BMT, OTS, COT…i believe that they're all designed around that objective…trying to get the new recruits to reach that breaking point, or come close too it, so that our true resolve and character can be evaluated. the AF has got to know that as future leaders (whether enlisted or commissioned) we will have what it takes to get the job done.

    as far as how long to commit for, i think i'm going to go for the shorter options this time around and manage my career in shorter stints. when i was enlisted, i signed up for the 6-year option right away in BMT so that i could get a few thousand extra dollars and some rank when leaving, but in the long run that turned out not to be in my favor. the guys who only signed for 4 years became eligible for reenlistment 2 years before i did, and the subsequent reenlistment bonus that came with it. then by the time it was my time to reenlist, my career field had dropped the bonus. truthfully, it probably could have gone either way, but i think i prefer to do it in shorter chunks this time, because i think it gives you more options.
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    Quote from CVA311
    UCAFblue, CV stands for Curriculum Vitae. It is like a resume filled with your experience and personal nursing goals. Do either of you know how many years you are thinking of committing? I'm not quite sure if I want to do 3 years or 6. I have been reading anything I can find about COT online, and it is making me really excited to go! It is also making me more nervous about getting selected in July!
    CVA311, is the CV something that your recruiter gives you to fill out? I haven't had my recruiter mention anything about it...

    As for the number of years I'm thinking of committing, I'm still undecided. From what LN75 mentioned, it sounds like it might be a good idea to go for the shorter committment, but then again if you are looking for something like college loan repayment I think you might have to go for the 6 year committment.

    I'm also very excited at the prospect of going to COT! The more I read about it, the more I want to be there. I've been trying to get in the AF for four years now, and find myself growing a little impatient with the wait, so I'm definitely extra nervous about getting selected in July!
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    UCAFblue, the CV was part of my workbook. It was one of the last pages. Also, with loan repayment, for signing up for three years you get up to $40,000 to pay off loans. With four years you get 30 to do what you want with, and with six you get 40 for your loans and 20 to do what you want with.

    I'm probably doing 3 as well. My husband enlisted for six, and he doesn't regret it because he got promoted faster, but he wishes he wasn't so "stuck". I also figure If I decide to commit more after 3 years there will probably be a bonus for doing more time.
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    CVA311,

    I'm applying for the July 2012 NTP board as well. I live in SLC and noticed you said you're recruiter is in Utah. I'm just curious if you're recruiter is the same one I'm working with? TSgt Menchaca? It sure is a lot of work getting the application packet together but hopefully it is all worth it in the end. By the looks of this discussion alone, there are already 3 of us going for the NTP this year in Idaho/Utah alone! I was told at one point that they are only taking 25 spots nationwide in the NTP this July.

    At LN75, looks like you had your interview. I'm hoping that comes my way in the next month or two. Wish you all the best of luck!
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    CVA311,

    I'm applying for the July 2012 NTP board as well. I live in SLC and noticed you said you're recruiter is in Utah. I'm just curious if you're recruiter is the same one I'm working with? TSgt Menchaca? It sure is a lot of work getting the application packet together but hopefully it is all worth it in the end. By the looks of this discussion alone, there are already 3 of us going for the NTP this year in Idaho/Utah alone! I was told at one point that they are only taking 25 spots nationwide in the NTP this July.

    At LN75, looks like you had your interview. I'm hoping that comes my way in the next month or two. Wish you all the best of luck!
    slc2012…nope, haven't had my interview yet. my recruiter is setting it up for March or April…I'll let you know how it goes if you'll do the same!
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    slc2012…nope, haven't had my interview yet. my recruiter is setting it up for March or April…I'll let you know how it goes if you'll do the same!
    My bad. It will be nice to have that step marked off the list. From what I hear, the interview with the nursing higher up is weighted pretty heavily. I will definitely let you know how it goes! It is quite the process but reading through COT training and thinking about where you could be a year from now, I get excited about the possibilities!
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    My bad. It will be nice to have that step marked off the list. From what I hear, the interview with the nursing higher up is weighted pretty heavily. I will definitely let you know how it goes! It is quite the process but reading through COT training and thinking about where you could be a year from now, I get excited about the possibilities!
    ha ha yeah i like your style! i get excited too! and i hear all the same about the chief nurse interview…that it carries a lot of weight in your application, so yeah…i'm really hoping to shine...
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    SLC2012, we have the same recruiter . I like how three of us are from around the same area!

    They are only taking 25 spots? Yikes! I guess that is just motivation to make sure our packets are perfect. I remember reading that last year they took 290 applicants for NTP, but I guess that was for the entire year.
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    Quote from CVA311
    SLC2012, we have the same recruiter . I like how three of us are from around the same area!

    They are only taking 25 spots? Yikes! I guess that is just motivation to make sure our packets are perfect. I remember reading that last year they took 290 applicants for NTP, but I guess that was for the entire year.
    What a small world it can be sometimes. They told me the 25 number when I first met with them in September. It definitely provides some motivation to make sure our packets our top notch! I'm not sure on this, but some spots may also already be unofficially taken by the enlistment to commissioning nurse program (don't remember the official name but saw people positing on AF facebook groups saying they were in that program and accepted into the NTP for that timeframe).

    Have you already gone to MEPS? If not, it was pretty laid back down here in SLC. Mainly a lot of hurry up and wait with filling out a lot of forms. I wish you all the best of luck and I imagine we'll see each others posts on here every now and then!


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