I served 4 years 0351 (anti tank Dragon Gunner...don't even know if they still use dragons).
I entered nursing school later in life (age 38) and now into my 40's I will be a graduate in 83 days and a wakeup (or Septemeber 18 for non former military).
I have to chuckle because I have seen alot of Marines and other former military join Nursing and I think we have a good set of instilled skills that help us become exceptional nurses. I think we adapt to stress as something we have to overcome vs letting it overcome us, we understand life or death situations and how outcomes related to either can be influenced by 1 person working within a team, and we adapt well to changing situations that may cause us discomfort. In my class of 30 the major complaints tend to revolve around strict uniform policies regarding scrubs
, hair, jewelry etc. Needless to say this doesnt pose much of a problem to me. One of my instructors is Former Navy special ops with a Masters in Nursing, and I will say he keeps a fairly tight classroom and keeps a lid on people being silly (we have a lot of 20 somethings in class and the drama, gossip, and meltdowns are weekly). I tried comparing nursing school to boot once and I honestly do think boot was easier. The only other shock I had with nursing school is that being 1 of 2 guys in class I surprised at the amount of dirty jokes the girls knew and the "locker" talk that went on. Been a few days i came home with my cheeks flushed red from stuff I heard. Again, welcome aboard!