hey everyone, i've just found this great sight and was looking for some words of wisdom. i was in the army dep as a 91wm6 and pulled out in order to get my bsn. i'm currently in the process of my pre reqs for nursing school, and since i already have a bs it will only take me about 2-3 years for my bsn. my question, what is involved in getting a direct commision, how does the process work, when should i contact a recruiter? etc etc. anyway i was wondering if anyone has been thru direct comm. or is in the process of. any adivse, words of wisdom would be greatly appriciated. thanks laura :flowersfo
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Would y'all mind if I enter into this conversation? My question is this....I am also thinking about direct commissioning into the air force...but they sent my packet to the board in march. Unfortunantly, it was denied due to there being no preceptor slots available till Oct... but anyway, I graduate with a BSN in Dec...I would love to hear what it is really like to be a nurse in the Air Force. I was a Army medic before I went to school. I also have a family a wonderful wife and the cutest boy ever, my 2 1/2 year old son zack. How is the family support like as an officer and in the Air Force?
Thanks for your input
I'm ADAF and just went through this entire process. If I were in your shoes I'd do some further investigating in regard to there 'not being preceptor slots till Oct' maybe your recruiter can clear that up for you. When I was commissioned the AF didn't commission people based on preceptor spots and I know of multiple preceptors at my facility...and the next NTP (nurse transition program) starts before Oct. There are ongoing NTP sites at various bases w/varying numbers of students at any given time. I would definitely recommend asking that your app go before the board again
As far as being an AF nurse...it's been good to me in the short time I've been in. I'm not prior service so I can't speak to that but I work w/4 nurses I can think of offhand that were prior enlisted. My COT class was half prior enlisted so I think most find it to be a positive change. Family support varies based on your supervisor/coworkers, etc but I think it's pretty good overall. I suppose this is a given but as long as people remember they're in the military and that family can't always come first (or at least be realistic) I don't see too many problems.
I'd recommend looking into it more and trying to follow an ADAF nurse for a day or just try to meet one in a similar situation. I'm happy to give my opinion but I don't have children so my take is a little different.
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