I graduate nursing school in May and am planning on joining the Air Force. I've read through a lot of the threads on here about benefits of joining the Air Force and which bases are best but I wanted more recent advice since a lot of the articles seem several years old. I am joining primarily to travel, but also have no problem with the service aspect and facing combat if it came down to it. I grew up in an Air Force family in Fort Walton Beach Florida right next to Eglin AFB and Hurlburt Field so I do not want to be stationed at either one of those bases. I really would like to go to Europe but know that the Air Forces needs will always come first. Which overseas bases/hospitals do you guys think are best? I've heard the base in Germany is great since you can basically rent a car on your time off and go wherever you want to travel-wise, is this true? Also, what about Lakenheath or Aviano in Italy? And as far as state-side bases go, which bases are best in terms of a lot of activities to do nearby? I'm precepting right now in an ER which I really like but am not opposed to starting out on a med-surg floor either, also really like surgery. Long-term goals include most-likely making a career out of the Air Force if it works out, and going back to school (not for awhile) for CRNP. Any other advice for joining? I also heard there is a sign on bonus and a retention bonus every few years, but if you take one you can't take the other.. Which one is the better option and why? Thanks in advance for any advice.
You should post this on the subform for Government / Military nursing under specialties!