Air Force Age Waivers

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I have a few questions about Air Force nursing. I am a 47 year old male ADN RN with 5 years emergency experience and CEN certification. Have 3 years prior service enlisted in the Army. Starting a RN-BSN program and will graduate Summer 2010.

1) Recently the Army has decided not to give age waivers unless you have enough prior service credit to give you a total of 20 years by age 62 (or else you take the 43-60 year old 2 year service commitment with no perks). Has anyone heard that the AF might be doing the same?

2) Once you are comissioned in the AF as a nursing officer, and you are making weight and fitness requirements and doing everything else needed to be a promotable officer, are you pretty much allowed to renew for another 4 years, or can they say, "we don't need anymore 50+ year old captains" and send you packing?

3) The Army now offers ISP for critical care nurses. Is this offered in the other services as well, or is this just an Army specific program?

4) I will be a BSN by July 2010, when can I start the paperwork for the AF and be comissioned?

5) Does anyone have any ED experience in the Air Force? What are your thoughts? How does it compare to the civilian side? How are ED deployments? What are the best bases for AF ED nurses?

Thanks

dotsero

5 Posts

Anyone have any insight?

JDCitizen

708 Posts

Hmmm can't really give any direct answers and can only comment on the age part of your question;

My DQ was for something other than age but at 45 when I started the AF hoop jumping I was told I had up until 52.

Stories change, waivers vary from person to person, job to job...

Now that the economy has crashed I believe all the branches have had an up-swing in recruitment and that means they can be very choosy.

MTTMPE

41 Posts

This is odd because i thought you had to be commissioned by age 42 (non-wavied and that's if your active duty. There is a shortaged in nursing for AF but, i think you should talk with a health care recruiter.

JDCitizen

708 Posts

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True: One should talk with a health care recruiter for the most up to date information....

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MTTMPE

41 Posts

I have a few questions about Air Force nursing. I am a 47 year old male ADN RN with 5 years emergency experience and CEN certification. Have 3 years prior service enlisted in the Army. Starting a RN-BSN program and will graduate Summer 2010.

1) Recently the Army has decided not to give age waivers unless you have enough prior service credit to give you a total of 20 years by age 62 (or else you take the 43-60 year old 2 year service commitment with no perks). Has anyone heard that the AF might be doing the same?

2) Once you are comissioned in the AF as a nursing officer, and you are making weight and fitness requirements and doing everything else needed to be a promotable officer, are you pretty much allowed to renew for another 4 years, or can they say, "we don't need anymore 50+ year old captains" and send you packing?

They can only buy you out of retirement. They (Air Force) can't just send you packing as long as you make your fitness requirements, not weight because now we have to run 1.5 miles, push ups and sit ups. When your in your in, they have obligations, just like you do. But, your age will be a problem for you. I just know it's 42 for active duty. Guards or reserve might be different. I do know there is a huge shortaged in AF nursing.

Air Force has a 4-6 year commitment, you really should go see a healthcare recruiter, i'm sure they can at least answer your questions.

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