Hello, I am a nurse and my husband is in the Air Force, I too looked inot this and I cant tell you there are pluses to the job, but there are alot of negatives as well. I'll try to answer all your questions truefully as I followed a nurse to see if this was for me.
1. COt i think you are meaning Officers Training, you have to have a bachelors in Nursing first, then you go to OTS, there is physical fitness tests you must pass but they are mostly running and sit ups those sort of things. I dont think swimming is one.
2. The commision, not enlistement b/c you are an officer i was told depends on you, it is like a contract you agree to work for them for so long.
3. The AF is probably the safest branch of the military, not many nurses are deployed much but there are a few, but you have to be willing to move. You could live anywhere there is an AF base and they have a clinic.
4. I think you do M-16 training, you are taught in OTS how to fire and then have to maintain that?? This is the one question i am not 100% sure on.
5.You can have an AF life and Family likfe, but it is more of everyone being able to give and take. The military expects alot from you as well as the family and it is a very big commitment. I have been military (AF) all my life i was born into it, so it was alot easier for me i didnt know any other way of life, but everyone is effected by the moves and the deployments and the TDY's.
6. I personally have think the AF was wonderful for me. I have expereinced things amny others have not, lived in germay signed the berlin wall, (while it was still there), Shopped in East Germany (when there still was one), traveled to many places at a very young age.
But this is a very serious life changing decision, they recruiters arent always the best people to speak to as thier goal is to get you on board and sometimes they will do or say what ever it takes to do that! I wish you the best of luck !!
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Hi everyone! I'm considering a career in nursing and I've heard some very good things about the Air Force. The Air Force website was helpful, but I was wondering if some Air Force nurses might answer some questions for me if they didn't mind.
1. What do you do in COT? Like the physical fitness part? Do you need to know how to swim?
2. How long in enlistment for?
3. Is the Air Force safe for nurses? (Well it's the military so I know there's risks, but have nurses been killed?)
4. Will you have to know how to work a firearm and use it?
5. Can you have a family life (kids and husband) and an Air Force life at the same time?
6. Is the Air Force worth it?
I know that's a lot of questions, but any answers you could give would be GREATLY appreciated!