air force recruiting truth/lies

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i feel like im getting mixed answers from my recruiters basically i want to know if i can...

become a CO if i have 4 years in ROTC in high school with a license vocational nursing certificate and if not, if i can appeal that with letters of recommendation.

also if anyone can tell me if it's a good idea to continue this route to get a BSN, then a FNP vs traditional schooling from any knowledge or personal experience

i feel like very recruiter i talk to gives me that used car salesman speech and arn't confident in their answers.

Any help is appreciated

Lunah, MSN, RN

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 13 years experience.

become a CO if i have 4 years in ROTC in high school with a license vocational nursing certificate and if not, if i can appeal that with letters of recommendation.

No, and no. You must have a BSN to commission as an RN. I am not sure if the Air Force uses active duty LPNs, but in the Army they are enlisted.

jfratian, MSN, RN

Specializes in Adult Critical Care. Has 9 years experience.

I'm a current AF nurse.

The Air Force does not use LPNs. We use independent duty medical technicians (IDMTs), but there is no way to train to be an IDMT as a civilian. It's something you apply for once you enlist. Pretty much every other enlisted person who provides direct patient care is a medical technician (hybrid between an EMT-B and CNA II).

In any event, only a BSN (or higher) trained RN may commission in the Air Force. You'll enter as an E-3 with that LPN license.

I personally know many nurses who I work with that joined an an enlisted med tech and obtained a BSN through the enlisted nurse commissioning program. You might not like the timeline though. All the ones I know were at least SSgts (E-5s) when they applied. In other words, you won't be competitive enough to apply until you have at least 6 years under your belt. It would be faster for you to do a civilian BSN and get the military to pay for it retroactively (currently the AF will pay 40K for 4 years...but this may change).

High school JROTC means nothing and would only count on the enlisted side giving you the E-3 rank/pay grade out of basic.

To be an officer you need university ROTC, DC, OCS, SA as well as a bachelors degree,