Advice Needed - Applying to the USAF as a novice RN


Hi everyone! I'm hoping someone may be able to help me. Currently I'm looking to join the USAF as a RN. I have my BSN as of May 2016 and my RN as of that time as well. I wanted to join last year but was DQ due to being pregnant with my daughter at the time. Now that she is 7 months old, my husband and I are okay with me moving forward with the process again.

My questions:

- How likely am I to even be accepted? I graduated with a 3.55 GPA and I'm interested in OB if I'm approved

- What should I be doing now to prepare/make myself more desireable as an applicant?

- How long is the application process typically?

- Any extra advice?

Thank you in advance for the help!

jfratian, MSN, RN

1,545 Posts

Specializes in Adult Critical Care. Has 11 years experience.

If you really want to do OB in the Air Force, then you should get OB civilian experience for 1 year first; get PALS, ACLS, and NRP certs. Sitting on your hands at home is going to make you a very un-competitive applicant. Nobody wants to hire a new grad with no experience who has been out of school getting rusty for a year plus.

The application process takes 1 year minimum from the time you contact a recruiter to the time you start training, COT (commissioned officer training).