Single parent military nursing?

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    Hi I'm currently 18 about to start my last semester of prenursing and will begin nursing school fall 2013. I have also recently adopted my sister's 4 year old daughter. I have always wanted to do nursing in either the Navy or Army. Is this possible as a single mom? I still have a few years to go but want to know my options and of course do whats best for my child. I'm not looking to make a life long career anymore but would like to do a few years in the nurse corps. I know I may deploy and my parents are willing to take care of her when I deploy. I've heard I would have to turn over guardianship to another person while seving active duty. Is this correct or just while I deploy? Can my child live with me while I'm still in the US? I don't mind and I know my parents don't mind taking care of her for up to a year that I am deployed but it wouldn't be fair for me to have my parents raise another kid when they are about to be done with their 7th just so I can pursue an unnecessary dream. Thanks and anything else you can think of just tell me!
    Last edit by UncreativeUsername on Dec 12, '12
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    I've also been told of a family care plan. What is this?
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    Quote from UncreativeUsername
    Hi I'm currently 18 about to start my last semester of prenursing and will begin nursing school fall 2013. I have also recently adopted my sister's 4 year old daughter. I have always wanted to do nursing in either the Navy or Army. Is this possible as a single mom? I still have a few years to go but want to know my options and of course do whats best for my child. I'm not looking to make a life long career anymore but would like to do a few years in the nurse corps. I know I may deploy and my parents are willing to take care of her when I deploy. I've heard I would have to turn over guardianship to another person while seving active duty. Is this correct or just while I deploy? Can my child live with me while I'm still in the US? I don't mind and I know my parents don't mind taking care of her for up to a year that I am deployed but it wouldn't be fair for me to have my parents raise another kid when they are about to be done with their 7th just so I can pursue an unnecessary dream. Thanks and anything else you can think of just tell me!
    you will not be able to join the military as a single parent. You will have to give custody of your child up.
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    Quote from UncreativeUsername
    I've also been told of a family care plan. What is this?
    Family care plan is for dual military couples and single parents that have children after they are already on active duty
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    I do not believe you have to give your rights up to join. I'm a single mother attempting to join. I've been told by my recruiter plus I have friends who r single moms in navy. You need a family care plan which states who will watch your children while on deployment or unavailable. You, them and a witness will have to sign it.
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    I'm a single parent (but joint custody) and didn't have any problems. I'm in the Guard which means I don't get moved, can stay in one place, and only need coverage for my kids when deployed. I don't know how it works for active, good luck.
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    Quote from nurse2033
    I'm a single parent (but joint custody) and didn't have any problems. I'm in the Guard which means I don't get moved, can stay in one place, and only need coverage for my kids when deployed. I don't know how it works for active, good luck.
    I believe the requirement is for active duty only. being a single parent and joining is automatically disqualification with no waivers. now if you become a single parent AFTER joining then you would need a family care plan but no you can not join as a single parent because you can be chaptered out for that.
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    http://usmilitary.about.com/od/joini...singparent.htm
    first line reads you are not allowed to join as a single parent. I know because I tried I had to wait until my fiance at the time and I were married or give custody of my son up. I waited two months for marriage instead
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    I'm not sure about other branches but for the Air Force, you can commission and be a single parent. I know because I just commissioned a few months ago and am a single parent. If you enlist you cannot be a single parent but the rules are different to commission in as a officer. You will have to have a family care plan. Your child will be able to live with you in the US or even if you get stationed out of the US (depending where); so you will not have to give up guardianship. You just need to have a plan of who will have your child if you deploy. Being a single parent in the military is doable but not always easy (just like the civilian world).
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    I can only speak about army though because that's the only branch I joined


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