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Direct commission

Specializes in Neuro, ER.

So far I have passed MEPS and had a great interview. Just did my flying class 3 physical. Passed everything except now I need a crown. I'm getting that done this month. My recruiter is submitting my packet so he says I should do my oath in about three weeks. I've read all the other forums and now I am wondering if this sounds right to all of you? I've read something about selection??? Does everyone have to go through selection. My recruiter seems to think that I just get in... How come I don't have to go through selection or is he wrong? I'm going to be a flight nurse through direct commission. Does that make a difference? Would love some info from someone who has already done this. Have other questions but this is so long already. Thanks for any info.

nurse2033, MSN, RN

Specializes in ER, ICU.

I'm a ANG flight nurse. My process sounds just like you described. Press on! Good luck.

AjaxAndronicus

Specializes in Critical care.

Congrats on making it through MEPS and pushing towards commissioning, I'm in the same boat you are, passed MEPS, packet in and letters sent. But for the Army side of the house we have to wait till FY 2013, which means October...the waiting is killing me.

Congrats and good luck!

five_marshalls

Specializes in Neuro, ER.

The waiting is killing me also. I found out Im anemic so I have to get my H&H within normal limits before I get to procede......I think im going to pull my hair out :)

Pixie.RN, MSN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN.

I think im going to pull my hair out :)

No, don't! Then you'll get tagged with some kind of thyroid problem, LOL. ;) Best of luck to you!

AjaxAndronicus

Specializes in Critical care.

You'll make it! Just keep pushing forward!

athena55, BSN, RN

Specializes in critical care: trauma/oncology/burns.

hahahahahahahaha

five_marshalls

Specializes in Neuro, ER.

Everyones sence of humor makes my waiting so much easier. My blood work has finally come back normal...no more anemia!! My crown is planned to be put on Monday. My recruiter hasnt called me back in over a week but it is a holiday week so Im trying to be patient. So that would then mean that Ive: done MEPS, interview and now flying physical. So I believe that after that my package will be sent to me to sign and then I take my oath...and then Officer training??? Does that sound right? Anyone out there who is on the same path as me? I didnt realize how comforting it is to see others posts and realize Im not the only one on the slow boat to the military! Hoping to be living the dream soon!!!

staugnurse

Specializes in Cardiovascular.

What is "crown"?

five_marshalls

Specializes in Neuro, ER.

Its for your teeth. I had a root canal several years ago and was supposed to get a crown on the tooth. My tooth was fine so I never bothered with it but since a tooth that has had a root canal is considered weaker, they required a crown to be put on.

staugnurse

Specializes in Cardiovascular.

Lol...I knew about crowns on teeth just didn't put it together with what u were saying. I thought I was missing something. :-)

five_marshalls

Specializes in Neuro, ER.

Physical passed and package signed. Now I'm waiting for my oath and then COT. Anyone on the same track as me? Any clue how long it normally takes between the oath and actually getting to do something? Like everyone else the waiting is killing me.

AjaxAndronicus

Specializes in Critical care.

Physical passed and package signed. Now I'm waiting for my oath and then COT. Anyone on the same track as me? Any clue how long it normally takes between the oath and actually getting to do something? Like everyone else the waiting is killing me.

Way to go!

nurse2033, MSN, RN

Specializes in ER, ICU.

It depends a lot on your unit and their deployment cycle. I oathed in January, started schools in August, was cleared for flight in March, and deployed in May. If you are active duty it will probably go a lot quicker, good luck, welcome.

five_marshalls

Specializes in Neuro, ER.

Thanks for the info!! Did you do anything between steps besides wait? Did you do UTA's? Just feel like my life is on hold and everyone keeps asking me how long... Can't wait to start anything :) when should I give my work notice? COT dates as far as I can tell is Aug, Oct and Jan. Do you think Aug is out of the question? Maybe Oct. Sorry so many questions but I'm glad to talk to someone who been there, done that!

nurse2033, MSN, RN

Specializes in ER, ICU.

Yes, once you oath you will start UTAs. This sucks because you haven't been to school and don't know anything, unless you have prior experience of course. The jury is out on whether it is better to look stupid by accidentally saluting a lower rank, or look stupid, and maybe get yelled at, by failing to salute a higher rank. God help you if you have to start at a joint base, naval rank is still a mystery...

Find out how you get uniforms ASAP. Being out of uniform really makes you feel out of place. I assume you are Guard because you ask about UTAs. Google USERRA which is the law that protects your job. Being open and honest with your employer is a must. I would wait to tell them until you have something concrete. Once you know all the steps you have to take, from your unit, it would be a good idea to schedule a meeting with your boss and let them know what's up.

five_marshalls

Specializes in Neuro, ER.

You are a god send! Thank you. I'm going air force reserve but the first year I will be active to receive all my training to be a flight nurse. My work knows but everyone is on hold until I leave...everyone is shifting positions when I go PRN. They are requiring a month notice so it's a balancing game. UTA's will at least give me a feeling of belonging. Since I have no military experience I'm expecting to feel stupid quite often!!! It's worth it though!!! Thanks again for the info.

Edited by five_marshalls

jbar3, BSN

Specializes in ICU/ER.

Hi there! I see that these posts are old! But wanted to follow up and ask what happened after. I decided to join the AF reserves as a flight nurse in August 2019 and I did my MEPS and passed in September 2019. I just got confirmed for an interview mid December. Anyway, how did the rest of the process go for you? What are UTAs? I remember my recruiter saying something along the lines of watching a quick video if I ever have to start some kind of classes prior to COT so I would know the basic salutes and such when I’m training. Any input would be much appreciated!!
hope all is well with you!

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