Reserve Component BOLC Survival Guide - page 2

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Many of the nurses, nurse practitioners, doctors, veterinarians, public health professionals, and psychologists you meet at the Reserve Component Basic Officers’ Leadership Course are not fresh from grad school. They are health... Read More


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    I am going for critical care in Active Duty, but just found out from my recruiter that active duty mission for this year is not giving out the 8a(critical care skill identifier) however reserve is accepting 66h8a. So I may be flipping my packet to reserves
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    i hope that goes well. I remember when I inquired about AD as a medsurg nurse, my recruiter said something similar to what you said that's why my packet is for reserves. how do I know what type of identifier I am? What does an identifier mean?
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    So what I can tell an SI or Skill Identifier is a way the Army identifies Critical Care Nurses and Emergency Nurses. The critical care identifier is 8a, the emergency identifier is m5. For each one of these you have to have 2 years civilian experience in such field i.e. 8a for critical care and m5 for emergency. However its all needs of the service, if they dont need 8a or m5s they'll just bring you in as a 66h with no skill identifier i.e. med-surg nurse. However you can get you 8a or m5 after having time in the army. However, I spoke to a CPT about this and he told me that once you get your AOC i.e. 66h its hard to get you 8a or m5, not impossible, just a longer road. The reason for that is that the commander of your unit is using you as an 66h to fill a job and mission, to get you 8a or m5 you have to go to training, causing the commander now to have an opening in his/her unit that they need to fill.

    Thats why im fighting to keep an 8a SI, have been in Critical Care nursing for coming up on 2years and don't want to go to med-surg. Not that med-surg is bad, just would be an adjustment.

    I was also told, you have all the power as civilian in the process of joining, once your in its, yes sir or yes ma'am and carry out the mission like it was your own(whether you like it not)
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    Try for Spring. Texas is merciless in Summer and bitterly cold in Winter. Good Luck!
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    If you have an identifier, it's listed on you AOC. I'm designated a straight 66H. When I finish school, my AOC will change to 66CM8.
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    Absolutely Correct, Ajax! Once you are in, you're stuck. I am currently stuck with the 66H label as I was a direct commission in that AOC. I have NEVER worked a day in med/surg in my life and wouldn't know the first thing how to do it. Do you think they'll let me switch? Oh no! They need warm bodies in those slots. Even when I graduate with my doctorate of nursing practice and am a licenses nurse practitioner, I will still be a 66H. I will then have to battle Big Army to change my designation. What is more likely to occur is I will come up to the end of my mandatory time and have to recommission as a nurse prac. I tried to reenter STRAP as I am currently in school and receiving no aid from the Army. They wouldn't accept me as they only accept MSN program students. Way to think ahead!
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    Quote from ArmyNurse09
    If you have an identifier, it's listed on you AOC. I'm designated a straight 66H. When I finish school, my AOC will change to 66CM8.
    army nurse,

    Thanks for heads up, I met with my recruiter this week to go over commissioning packet. I am taking the CCRN exam this Aug and will hope to nail shut the 8a identifier.

    Did the army pay for your FNP? And have you ever heard of ACNPs in the Army?
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    Hi Ajax & ArmyNurse,

    I'm new to this forum and it has been an amazing expanse of knowledge. I am actually going through the same process as you Ajax, I am applying for 66H8A, although you have probably gone through based on your post date. I just completed my medical on Wed (6/26/13). Finished my packet a couple of weeks ago and my recruiter, through South Bend IN is in the process of putting the entire packet together. I was told having your CCRN is a very good thing, I do, got it in 2010, that helps with the 8A. I am also studying at USI for the ACNP, I'm half way through. I had the same question as you and I haven't got a straight answer on that. The Air Force do state on their website they use ACNPs.

    Interestingly, they are currently not offering bonuses for 66H8A but they are for 66H. My recruiter said that 8A are only at about 80% or so capacity while 66H are at about 103% and she didn't have an answer for the no bonus deal. She went on to say that with 8A it makes applying for schools like flight, MEDEVAC etc (I want as much trauma as I can get) not easier but better looking??

    Let us know where you are with your journey. I'm pumped for mine.
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    Hi Ajax,

    Did you hear at all from the board? I went AR for 66H8A, I was selected by the board, I heard from my recruiter on 9/27. Everything is on hold now because of the shutdown/slowdown.
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    Quote from mpc75
    Hi Ajax, Did you hear at all from the board? I went AR for 66H8A, I was selected by the board, I heard from my recruiter on 9/27. Everything is on hold now because of the shutdown/slowdown.
    Congrats! Nah I didn't apply for RC, I ended up putting a packet in for USAGPAN as a 66f Crna. I got accepted toUISAGPAN and I'm waiting to hear from the board on 11/19.

    Congrats again on your commission, don't worry the gov will open soon


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