Hi AllWell I did it! It's official I am a member of the "Cool Kids Club" a Commissioned Officer of the U.S. Army and not only that but the prestigious Army Nurse Corps. HOOAH!!!!! To be honest I don't know how I made it through the ceremony. My BF ( a MAJ in the USAR) would repeatedly tell up until last night that the commissioning is a big deal and I'd be like "yeah, ok" and go about my business. But, then standing up there last night, stating the oath........... It really hit me. He was right.You're not standing there alone, you're there with this other person.... your repeating after him/her and the words are hitting you... not only in your brain.... but surprisingly they hit in your heart your very core and you're suddenly changing.... for me it was more than about the student loan repayment and the bonus, at that point I wouldn't have cared if those were not part of it at all...... it was about being able to have the opportunity to go out and doing the best I can to support those that protect our way of life, that fought for us so that we can go about our way to church, to school, to the store.... etc....., it was about doing the best I can to get someone's loved one home to their family hopefully in one piece and alive and it was about protecting our way of life myself even though still my part seems so small compared to those on the front lines (but i guess if we look at weaponry we're on different front lines-- they have guns and artillery, we have ivs, syringes etc). The fact that people were watching was a small insignificant role..... they were there but weren't. They were fantastic.... you could hear a pin drop. Even my 7 kids my youngest 10 did not make a peep, no cell phones went off (I couldn't even hear one vibrate and believe me I am highly distractable). my BF's youngest son who I pictured would be the trouble maker (he's 14 and a prima donna) was good as gold as well.My BF at the end of the oath... (when I was finally able to get it all out, because it seemed forever an eternity because it is something that you cannot take lightly and should not take lightly, because being commissioned is not about worrying about what quarters are going to be like at OBC, or whether you're going to get to wear makeup at OBC or whether there are going to be marches at OBC or whatever.... because all that is insignificant with what you are about to undertake which is probably the one of the biggest promises of loyalty of duty and service to your country that you will ever choose to make) pinned my bars on... and my recruiter handed me a silver dollar to give to the first enlisted soldier that salutes me. then we had dinner and I met a few of the other officers that I'll be "chumming" with.One last note: The recruiter went on to explain (part of the dinner was he invited potential nurses interested in joining the reserves) about how I got to be commissioned as a 1LT. He explained that I have been a RN for 12 years and that I have a BSN, that made me eligible for 1LT. I will be eligible for CPT. in 6-12 mos and after OBC.