tuition reimbursement?

  1. I'm a newbie to health care in the armed forces, but have heard over the years that they will pay your way through graduate school, and that the conditions are much better for health care professionals than the average solider, because you are officers. And nurses are officers, so get treated with respect by MDs.

    Could anyone share information with me about tuition reimbursement for those in the reserves, and national guard? Which reserve do you recommend (army, navy, &c)? Do they pay back your student loans? How long do you have to be with them before getting the tuition benefit? I've heard the age limit ceiling has increased in the past few years. I'm female and 49. I also have metal hardware in my spine -- not sure if there are physical qualifications one must meet.

    Thanks!
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  3. by   Corvette Guy
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    I'm a newbie to health care in the armed forces, but have heard over the years that they will pay your way through graduate school, and that the conditions are much better for health care professionals than the average solider, because you are officers. And nurses are officers, so get treated with respect by MDs.

    Could anyone share information with me about tuition reimbursement for those in the reserves, and national guard? Which reserve do you recommend (army, navy, &c)? Do they pay back your student loans? How long do you have to be with them before getting the tuition benefit? I've heard the age limit ceiling has increased in the past few years. I'm female and 49. I also have metal hardware in my spine -- not sure if there are physical qualifications one must meet.

    Thanks!
    Let me clarify; Are you in the military health care field, or a newbie regards to new to the concept of military health care?

    I will take it you are not in the military. I can confirm, IMHO, that Army nurses are treated with more respect in the Army vs. civilian community mostly due to nurses and physicians are both officers, and a nurse can hold a higher position, i.e. higher rank than an MD.

    To the best of my knowledge the age limit in the Army Nurse Corps is 46 years old. However, the Army Nurse Corps is in dire need of qualified volunteers. Here is a link that will you get started in the right direction...
    Army Nurse Corps Info

    Good luck!
  4. by   Selke
    Quote from Corvette Guy
    Let me clarify; Are you in the military health care field, or a newbie regards to new to the concept of military health care?

    I will take it you are not in the military. I can confirm, IMHO, that Army nurses are treated with more respect in the Army vs. civilian community mostly due to nurses and physicians are both officers, and a nurse can hold a higher position, i.e. higher rank than an MD.

    To the best of my knowledge the age limit in the Army Nurse Corps is 46 years old. However, the Army Nurse Corps is in dire need of qualified volunteers. Here is a link that will you get started in the right direction...
    Army Nurse Corps Info

    Good luck!
    Thanks for the reply. I'm a newbie to the armed forces. I am a nurse and am looking at alternative ways to finance my graduate school education other than loans, of which I can't get enough of to pay tuition and other costs. (Funding graduate school has turned into a nightmare for me. I've dropped out of my original program due to lack of funds, but I think I'm accepted into a much cheaper program elsewhere; if I am accepted, my problem will be solved and I may not need the reserves ...) Someone at work told me about the reserves and the national guard (which I believe is state-based) and that they have tuition reimbursement with a minimum service requirement and small likelihood of being sent into the middle east. I am not sure if the reserves are army, navy, or what. I know the requirements for health care workers is vastly different than for the rank and file, and that RNs are commissioned officers who are treated with great respect in the system. Health care workers generally aren't sent into the battlefield if called into active service, from what I've heard. And I presume there could be some kind of retirement benefit if you stay long enough, which interests me as I have no retirement funds.

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