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Sorry for this late "THANK YOU" RNdriver. I was just reading your old posts and your journey/ difficulty joining. Have you ever found out why the board missed you the first time? So, are you coming in as a O3? Congrats!!! I am so happy for you. Did you get in to the ED, what location?
I will never know what happened with that first board, but my theory is I had 2 certification that expired just before the board met (I renewed both just a few days later) and I was a single parent, even though I had a child care plan in place. I know that they are not supposed to turn down an applicant based on that, but I think because of how competitive it is, it made me look not as desirable. Once we addressed all of those, I went from a non-select to the only one selected from the packets that were sent.
I am currently at SAMMC in San Antonio as an O2. I entered the AF with 3yrs, 11mo and 18 days credit, so my date of rank is listed as 13 Oct 2010, however because I am an assession, they have until 26Dec12 to build my file, so while I am technically a Captain now, I don't pin on until my projected date of rank is built and my file goes to the Captains fully qualified boards. I find it an amusing process because everyone else is making a fuss out of it, but me. I'm still just happy to be here at all.
I really do love my job now. I have not had a really bad day yet. I know I will have one eventually, but even my worst day here probably won't compare to my worst day from my previous job. There is just such a higher level of professionalism here that the civilian world is losing. I have never been called Ma'am as much, I feel that when I have a question it isn't blown off and my superiors have expectations for me that are far higher than any I have ever had before. And I love that they aren't allowing anyone in my ER to practice at a lower standard. Everyone there is extremely knowledgable and are constantly sharing their knowledge with one another, developing the unit into something I haven't had the privilege of being a part of until now. It was very intimidating at first, but I am embracing it.