I have decided on two options. As some may know, I'll be 39 finishing LPN school. Well, I found a two-semester ADN program I can roll right into. Conceivably I'd be 40 years old with an ADN degree. Ok. My two option that I've narrowed down to are this:
A) Apply and go to the Army Reserves. I hear that I can be an ADN nurse and get a commission. From there I'd like to complete my BSN in 2-3 years and then go active duty. Are there any benefits (health, etc) in the reserves? Also, does the reserves count toward Time in Service?
B) Attend an LPN to BSN program in the area that will last 2.5 years. I'd be nearly 43 completing that program. However, I have a question. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I understand the age limit is 42 (41.5 according to Sgt E). Is that at the time of active duty commission (upon completion of the BSN & NCLEX-RN) or when the application starts? Because a recruiter says I should apply one year BEFORE finishing school. What does that help?
Are there any downsides to reserves vs active duty? I intend on going AD from the reserves anyhow. I consider reserves to get "in" before my age officially shuts me out. With an ADN and being 40 going on 41 would that be my best option?
At one point I thought to enlist as an LPN but in speaking with the good people in the recruiting office and here, I'd be better served (no pun intended) going the officer route.