RobdRN 65 Posts Has 15 years experience. Oct 6, 2021 On 10/4/2021 at 3:46 PM, jfratian said: Yes, you can change nursing jobs in the reserves somewhat easily. There is additional paperwork (and of course training), but you could join as a clinical nurse and switch over to flight nursing afterwards. This would allow you to get things like the 8 weeks of COT (officer basic training) out of the way while you're waiting on your flight physical. Flight nurses are in the AE squadron and clinical nurses are in either the AMDS or ASTS squadrons; that will add extra hoops to jump through. I would highly recommend you do ASTS as a clinical nurse; it's in the same squadron as CCATT if you decide to go that route. AMDS basically handles all the pre-deployment physicals on reserve weekends and don't deploy; unless you like clinic nursing I'd steer clear. Since you are a new accession, you do want to check what your contract commits you too. Make sure you do have the ability to cross train after a year or two. Double check with both your recruiter and the chief nurse you interview with. Also, just know that typically there are not accession bonuses for general clinical nurses in the reserves. But, you wouldn't get any money until you were a fully qualified flight nurse anyway. I'm not sure what your background is clinically, but if it's ICU or ER you could also do critical care air transport team (CCATT). It requires a flight physical but you can fill the spot without a flight physical. See my earlier post in this thread. Tell your recruiter you want a 46N3E job in an ASTS squadron. Hello. Thank you for your quick response and insight. I am an Army Reserve Operating Room Nurse, O3/Captain. Currently full time OR nurse civilian side. Working on inter-service transfer to Air Force Reserve, hoping I can be a Flight Nurse and I don't have to do COT. I just found out that I am being schedule for interviewed with AMDS unit because I don't have Flight Physical at this time. Recruiter said there's about 2 years back log for Flight Physical. I wonder if I can request ASTS squadron vs AMDS? I do have ER experience for almost 6 years though. Do you know or recommendation to get in sooner for Flight Physical? I wonder if other branch like Navy can do flight physical?