Hello, and I think it is great your interest in the Army Nurse Corps, Reserve Component [RC]. I would have posted on your Thread sooner, yet my time is very limited these days D/T my Critical Care Nursing Course at Madigan Army Medical Center.
First, ANC_Maj is an excellent resource on allnurses.com for ANC info. So, I agree you should listen to what an Army Health Care Recruiter [AHCR] tells you. Are they correct 101% of the time? Nope, but more because they were never a member of the Army Medical Department [AMEDD] & not
because their lips are moving [LOL!!!] Yes, I'm well aware that some of the Armed Forces Recruiters are known to leave out info, or stretch the truth when speaking to a military candidate. Yet, very few out an out lie. Again, AHCRs are in a different category than your typical recruiter. The AHCRs mission is to recruit from the professional [healthcare profession] civilian sector those individuals which AMEDD Officer potential. BTW, a few AHCR Stations have recruiters that are ANC Officers.
Second, the age limit is 46. However, the AMEDD needs qualified ANC members. Therefore, I would guess a waiver in your case would come into play. Here is a website you NEED to visit; Army Nurse Corps Overview
Then, notice on that page in the upper left corner are other areas of interest specific to the ANC that you can click; Corps Benefits, Corps Specialties & Requirements, AMEDD Careers & Jobs, and Corps Profiles.
Third, ANC_Maj posted the APFT [Army Physical Fitness] requirements for your gender & age. PLEASE, make sure you can do at least the minimum. Plus, you need to find the body weight & BF% allowed for your gender & age, too. I could dig up the info, yet an AHCR should be able to provide you with the applicable charts for your easy reference. I have noticed many new ANC Officers come on board unable to pass an APFT & do not meet the HT/WT standards. These two areas are definitely critical to a successful ANC career.
Fourth, no matter what the AHCR tells you ANC Officers [RC] have three years to attend the AMEDD OBC [ 2 week Officer Basic Course]. Again, they can be uninformed in some areas, yet still very knowledgable in other areas. When I took oath of office for reserve commission I was an ADN. I was already knee deep in an RN-BSN program and 11 months after joining the ANC [RC] I completed my BSN. I did not attend AMEDD OBC until 15 months after my reserve commission. I told my reserve unit my expected BSN graduation date, and they allowed me to request an OBC date that would allow me to graduate without interruption. You can go to monthly drills [now termed battle assembly] and even the two weeks annual training before going to AMEDD OBC, at least I did. BTW, the two weeks annual training, at least in the ANC, is not training per say. My first annual training was working fulltime on the Stepdown Unit taking care of Mech Vent patients at Brooke Army Medical Center. I was solo on my second day with 2 patients. I worked 12 hr shifts. It was great!
Anyway, it is possible for you to come on to the ANC [RC] as an ADN, then finish your BSN while making your monthly reserve obligations. BTW, it is my understanding you are most likely not going to be mobilized [brought on to active duty for 6-18 months] until you have completed the AMEDD OBC. I say most likely D/T we are at war [GWOT- Global War on Terrorism], yet technically you are not ANC qualified until completion of AMEDD OBC.
Another thing; you need to make it clear to your AHCR you want to be designated as critical care nurse in the ANC, rather than a med/surg nurse. However, you may not have enough civilian nurse experience for the AMEDD to accept you as a 66H8A
, which is an ANC critical care nurse code identifier. Maybe,
arrangements [as in needs to be written in your military orders] can be made for you to attend the CCNC the AMEDD C&S offers so you can gain the 8A critical care identifier. This way you can join the ANC [RC] as a med/surg nurse [66H], then in the near future gain the 8A skill identifier. Plus, I know of ANC 66Hs that work in the ICUs via there reserve unit. You have to be an advocate for yourself in the ANC, which is fine because your an officer & an asset to the AMEDD.
I hope I have not caused you more confusion. My post are what I have experienced first-hand, or from reliable sources. I will not advise you on which direction you should take towards the ANC [RC]. However, I will do my best to share relevant experiences to help you become better informed in order for you to make the best decision for you and your family.
Pssst, IMHO the AMEDD ANC is an outstanding place for registered nurses regards to respect, honor, advancement, and vast opportunities in nursing education.