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Hi, 

I currently an BSN-RN and just went to the local army recruiters office. The recruiter is telling me to take the asvab test first and we'll go from there. I thought I can join the army as an officer and work as an RN. Any insights? thanks!

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SoldierMurse has 10 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Med/Surge, ED, Critical Care.

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You need to talk to a healthcare recruiter, there is usually only one per major city.  You can google Army healthcare recruiter to locate the one that is closest to you and then contact them. You do not need to take the ASVAB to join as a nurse corps officer.  That is for enlisted only, you are likely talking to a regular enlisted recruiter.

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antsrt4 has 3 years experience and specializes in Level One Trauma MICU and RICU.

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On ‎2‎/‎19‎/‎2019 at 12:08 PM, SoldierMurse said:

You need to talk to a healthcare recruiter, there is usually only one per major city.  You can google Army healthcare recruiter to locate the one that is closest to you and then contact them. You do not need to take the ASVAB to join as a nurse corps officer.  That is for enlisted only, you are likely talking to a regular enlisted recruiter.

Correct.......OP You need to see a healthcare recruiter. Same thing happened to me. I have my BSN and he asked me if I would consider being a CNA.....they are doing their job but leave :D 

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On 2/20/2019 at 10:42 PM, antsrt4 said:

Correct.......OP You need to see a healthcare recruiter. Same thing happened to me. I have my BSN and he asked me if I would consider being a CNA.....they are doing their job but leave :D 

Is ASVAB needed to be a Nurse Reserve?  I have BSN too... Did you get the signing bonus? Thank you!

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On 2/19/2019 at 12:08 PM, SoldierMurse said:

You need to talk to a healthcare recruiter, there is usually only one per major city.  You can google Army healthcare recruiter to locate the one that is closest to you and then contact them. You do not need to take the ASVAB to join as a nurse corps officer.  That is for enlisted only, you are likely talking to a regular enlisted recruiter.

Is ASVAB needed to be a Nurse Reserve? I'm an RN with BSN. May I know how long is the minimum contract? Thank you!

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jfratian has 7 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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No.  No nurse in any branch takes the ASVAB whether they be guard, reserve, or active. 

The minimum contract is always 8 years; people actively drill different portions of that time.  You might actively drill for 6 years and be on a non-drilling call-up list called the inactive ready reserve (IRR) for the other 2 years.

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13 hours ago, jfratian said:

No.  No nurse in any branch takes the ASVAB whether they be guard, reserve, or active. 

The minimum contract is always 8 years; people actively drill different portions of that time.  You might actively drill for 6 years and be on a non-drilling call-up list called the inactive ready reserve (IRR) for the other 2 years.

Thank you so much! I heard from a Youtuber who is still in the service that his contract is only 2 years. Probably that was a few years ago..Probably this year it's 8 years. Thanks a lot!

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All contracts have been 8 years for quite awhile.  The youtubers contract could be for a bonus. 

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PMHNP Man has 7 years experience as a MSN, APRN, NP and specializes in Psychiatry.

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On 2/19/2019 at 2:08 PM, SoldierMurse said:

You need to talk to a healthcare recruiter, there is usually only one per major city.  You can google Army healthcare recruiter to locate the one that is closest to you and then contact them. You do not need to take the ASVAB to join as a nurse corps officer.  That is for enlisted only, you are likely talking to a regular enlisted recruiter.

We have one per state and sometimes not even that, lol.

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Hello! I am also an RN with a BSN who is looking into the Army. Is there an army nurse who is willing to talk to me about army nurse life? Is the 8yrs with student loan repayment or ROTC? 

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On 4/14/2019 at 1:32 AM, PhatRN said:

Is ASVAB needed to be a Nurse Reserve?  I have BSN too... Did you get the signing bonus? Thank you!

Sign on bonuses are only available for certain specialties: ICU, OR, etc. Like everyone has mentioned, talk to a healthcare recruiter for your area. Good luck!

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Before I got my BSN i went to a regular army recruiter and they tried to sign me as a medic... aka EMT. you must go to a HEALTHCARE army recruiter, otherwise they will try to sucker you out of using that degree just to get numbers. 

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