I was hoping some of you might have suggestions. I am an RN with 10 years of experience in med-surg, cardiac, and mental health combined. I am considering the possibility of joining the Air Force, which has been a life dream of mine. However, the decision I am struggling with is when to join.
I am graduating with my BSN this May, so I know I could apply to go in then as an officer. On the other hand, I have already applied for admission to the DNP program for this August. I am not sure whether it would be worth it to wait and go in with the higher degree for higher rank, or better to go in now and attend school under the educational program. If anyone has any insight into these options, I would really appreciate your help.
Also, I should add that I am 40, so I know there is an extended paperwork process.
Mar 7, '11
Thank you, Travelcrazy, for your insight. That is what I was wondering. From what I have been told, there is the possibility of them paying for my schooling for the next 3 years, and then I have to serve, year-for-year, according to their website. It would be great if I could get the next three years of college paid for since they will only do forgiveness on around $40,000 or so.
I hope things go really well for you. If you have a chance while you are at COT, keep me posted on how things go. I have 8 more years to work though the process, so I am pretty sure I want to go if they will let me in.
Last edit by nursedarleen on Mar 7, '11
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