I am getting ready to start CRNA school this fall and am in conversations with the Air Force regarding their HPSP scholarship program. I have a good idea about the program and am just curious about life as a CRNA in the Air Force. I have met with the recruiter and had some questions answered but want to make sure what I am being told is true. Below are a list of things I have been told and further questions someone may be able to help me with:
1.) It is a three year commitment following graduation.
Is the stop-loss program still in place?
2.) I would go to COT for a month in Alabama and come out as an O2.
3.) I would have the ability to travel oversees (ie Germany, Italy, England)
What is the likelihood of getting to work oversees? What is the likelihood of getting
one of your requested stations?
4.) Deployment is typically every 1.5-2 years and lasts abut 120 days.
How true is this? I have been told that you are deployed for 6 months every 18
5.) The Air Force utilizes a rotation schedule so you know what your assignments will be
on signing day.
6.) There is a lot of support for my wife and kids while I am working and on
7.) Air Force CRNAs do not go to FOBs, but are at larger outside hospitals while
8.) Air Force CRNAs work 40 hours/week performing anesthesia services
How true is this? How much time/days per week should I anticipate at work away
from the family?
If anyone could just give me some insight to compare what I was told to what it is actually like as an Air Force CRNA, I would greatly appreciate it. I apologize for so many questions. I just want to make sure this is a good move for my family. Thank you for your time.