Well I finally did it. I contacted a recruiter and I am in the process of completing my packet (which is a quite a process) for the Army Reserves. I currently have my ASN and graduate in December with my BSN, which is when I can fully complete the packet. I am however a little hesitant to tell my managers about it. I'm not sure how they will react about this or my co-workers? I realize that this is something I want to do for myself, my family, and my country. Any experiences or suggestions about this or anything regarding this process I will highly appreciate.
first off, congrats on graduating! december will be here before you know it :]
I comissioned into the reserves this past january, so hopefully i can provide some sort of useful input. And yes, the application process is horrible! and don't expect things to change once youre in either.. the amount of paperwork, ontop of paperwork, they make you do is UNREAL! lol
I had been at my current job only about a month when i had to ask my managers about writing me recommendations and doing evaluations. thankfully i received a lot of support from everyone. My advice on this... be upfront as soon as possible, be honest about the possibility for absences in the future that way they don't feel as though you are springing this on them last minute. Regardless, hopefully they are supportive of what you're doing to ultimately advance yourself and your service to your country. besides, whether they like it or not they are required by law to accomodate you military obligations lol.
As far as how the process works because of you not having your bsn yet.. i have no idea. My thought would be that your packet can be completed, with the exception of your degree and final transcripts, and then those things can be added once you obtain them. I'm also not sure how it works with experience, currently the reserves requires 6 months... not sure if those 6 months HAVE to be with your bsn or not.
And i could be all wrong here, but i do believe the reserves board may meet more than just once in november like active duty board does. A new Cpt in my unit boarded her packet in january.. so you may still be able to apply once you actually graduate with your bsn
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