Army or Airforce RN


It will soon be three years since I completed my ADN for nursing, and it's been two and a half years since becoming licensed for RN. I have zero RN experience, as the job market has sucked and still does, but I have and continues to apply to vacancies.

So, the plan is to complete my BSN by the beginning of this summer, as I have a few classes left. I have decided to even consider becoming commissioned in the Army or Air Force, if they'll accept me. My question is, will the Army or Air Force accept an RN with ZERO experience??? If so, what are the odds of that happening?

Lunah, MSN, RN

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 14 years experience. 33 Articles; 13,684 Posts

Sorry about your employment woes. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the military is no longer a viable back-up plan for those who cannot find work. It has become extremely competitive, and fewer nurses with no experience are being selected. However, if you really want to serve, contact a healthcare recruiter, but also know that it is a long wait for selection as well. Best of luck to you!


finallyRN7, BSN

154 Posts


Thanks for replying... So, I should contact a recruiter even though I've yet to complete my degree? I figured I'd be wasting their time since I've not a BSN yet?? Is there only a certain time of the year that one can apply? I want to try to catch the next application season. What's the whole process like? I'm leaning towards the Airforce, but I bet theirs and the Army's process isn't that much different. I me on this please. Thanks!



Specializes in Clinic Nursing, Family Planning, OR. Has 4 years experience. 180 Posts

It doesn't hurt to try to contact a recruiter now, since it can take a while just to reach someone. They will let you know if you qualify for one of the nurse training programs for those without experience. From my knowledge, the Air Force holds selection boards 3-4 times a year, but only once per year for new grads. I think the Army only has one board a year, but I'm sure someone on here can give you more information on that. I'm applying for the AF boards. The application itself can take a few months to complete, so the sooner the better. The fiscal year starts in October, so that is the best time to try to get in.