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ReconMedic has 1 years experience as a BSN, RN, EMT-B and specializes in Cardiothoracic and Transplant ICU.

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Hello!

My name is Dustin and I thought it would be a good idea to create a topic for those who are applying for the FY2020 Army Nurse board! A little about me; I am prior service Army enlisted with four years on active duty as a 19D (Cavalry Scout) and four years in the reserve as a 68W (Combat Medic). Recently, in December of last year I graduated with my BSN from a highly reputable school in Texas. In January of this year I started my new job in a Cardiothoracic and Transplant ICU, but in the process of applying to the 66H (Med-Surge Nurse) position with the Army. Per my recruiter, this is essentially the standard for nurses who have less than two years of RN experience and who will attend the Army’s Nurse Residency Program.

I’m hoping that my year of ICU experience and my CCRN certification at the time right before leaving for training will be an advantage to changing over to the Critical Care Nurse AOC (66S) as soon as I can. 😂 If it wasn’t for my yearning to return to the Army and wear the uniform again, I would just wait until I have over two years of civilian experience and apply to the 66S position. My desire to continue to serve is stronger than my AOC, 200%!

Please, use this to connect with others and share your experience! I look forward in embarking on this journey and hearing from others.

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mcaselogic has 6 years experience and specializes in ID.

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Good for you Dustin! I hope you get the position you want!

I started my process with the Navy but seems like that’s going nowhere. Air Force already disqualified me due to my height. Army is my third choice in branches but I want to serve already and can’t bothered to wait 2 more years for Navy to finally choose me. I’ll be getting in contact with an Army recruiter soon enough.

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Hello everyone!

Thanks for starting this feed. I have been a RN for 10 years and BSN for 8 years. I have worked as a Public Health Nurse capacity for about 4 years or so. I recently decided to apply for the Army reserve as a Public Health Nurse 66B. I got connected to a AMEDD recruiter and started on the ACE application, requested for the transcripts and CV was sent.

Typically what is the next step in the process and how long does it usually take for things to happen? Anyone know when is the next board?

I am excited about this Army reserve experience but I was afraid of not getting commissioned for some reason. I know they are in need of PHNs but I don't know how many available slots they have and whether they have high standards in their selections. I feel like I am a good candidate (healthy except for LASIK surgery 9 years ago, no violations, no drugs/alcohol, etc).

Do you know if planning a vacation for next year in April is ok? Will it interfere with commissioning if I am out of town for 2 weeks?

I know some of these questions I should ask the recruiter but I feel like I am always asking questions and he responds slowly.

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I've read an article recently about how the military (all branches) are planning on reducing their total healthcare workforce, everyone from MDs, PAs, NPs, RNs, and techs. Has anyone heard or actually witnessed this occurring? I hope this is not the case as i am interested in joining the Reserves in the near future but am now concerned about the availability of healthcare positions or what their current needs are.

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mcaselogic has 6 years experience and specializes in ID.

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39 minutes ago, tacoma_jim said:

I've read an article recently about how the military (all branches) are planning on reducing their total healthcare workforce, everyone from MDs, PAs, NPs, RNs, and techs. Has anyone heard or actually witnessed this occurring? I hope this is not the case as i am interested in joining the Reserves in the near future but am now concerned about the availability of healthcare positions or what their current needs are.

Yes I have heard of this happening in the Navy. Not sure if it applies to all branches though.

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mcaselogic has 6 years experience and specializes in ID.

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On 6/6/2019 at 2:31 PM, Nursey Jola said:

Hello everyone!

Thanks for starting this feed. I have been a RN for 10 years and BSN for 8 years. I have worked as a Public Health Nurse capacity for about 4 years or so. I recently decided to apply for the Army reserve as a Public Health Nurse 66B. I got connected to a AMEDD recruiter and started on the ACE application, requested for the transcripts and CV was sent.

Typically what is the next step in the process and how long does it usually take for things to happen? Anyone know when is the next board?

I am excited about this Army reserve experience but I was afraid of not getting commissioned for some reason. I know they are in need of PHNs but I don't know how many available slots they have and whether they have high standards in their selections. I feel like I am a good candidate (healthy except for LASIK surgery 9 years ago, no violations, no drugs/alcohol, etc).

Do you know if planning a vacation for next year in April is ok? Will it interfere with commissioning if I am out of town for 2 weeks?

I know some of these questions I should ask the recruiter but I feel like I am always asking questions and he responds slowly.

The process is lengthy. I have submitted all of my paperwork to AMEDD and waiting for boards which I think could either be July or November. An April vacation would be ok in my opinion, however your recruiter may have better answers.

Good luck!

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On ‎5‎/‎13‎/‎2019 at 8:53 AM, mcaselogic said:

Good for you Dustin! I hope you get the position you want!

I started my process with the Navy but seems like that’s going nowhere. Air Force already disqualified me due to my height. Army is my third choice in branches but I want to serve already and can’t bothered to wait 2 more years for Navy to finally choose me. I’ll be getting in contact with an Army recruiter soon enough.

Did you do your MEPS yet? I think that's my next step in the process. My recruiter told me that we should be ready for the boards in October/November. In the meantime, I am just doing some physical training to get in shape in preparation for MEPS and APFT. I'm crossing my fingers hoping everything goes well and I get commissioned by early next year.

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On 6/12/2019 at 2:15 PM, Nursey Jola said:

Did you do your MEPS yet? I think that's my next step in the process. My recruiter told me that we should be ready for the boards in October/November. In the meantime, I am just doing some physical training to get in shape in preparation for MEPS and APFT. I'm crossing my fingers hoping everything goes well and I get commissioned by early next year.

Did MEPS last year since I was trying to process with Navy so I don't have to do it again. It's valid for 2 years. As of Friday I have completely finished my package with LORs, statement of motivation, and that online background questionnaire.

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Are Letter of Recommendations required along with statement of motivation? My recruiter hasn't even asked me for those yet. I've so far only turned in my CV and filled out the questionnaire for background check. Is there a particular format to those? Maybe I should start working on them while I wait for a response from my recruiter.

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mcaselogic has 6 years experience and specializes in ID.

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7 hours ago, Nursey Jola said:

Are Letter of Recommendations required along with statement of motivation? My recruiter hasn't even asked me for those yet. I've so far only turned in my CV and filled out the questionnaire for background check. Is there a particular format to those? Maybe I should start working on them while I wait for a response from my recruiter.

For me they were required as an FNP. For Public Nurse I am not sure if you are required however it’s never a bad idea to get them!


“3-5 Letters of Recommendation. Two letters must come from Nurse Direct line supervisors. The supervisor needs to state that they are your direct line supervisor and from what date to present. Also, ensure that their title is in the signature block, the letter is signed and dated.”

As far as the statement of motivation, I don’t think I was given a certain number of words or pages.

Let me know how else I can help!

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On ‎5‎/‎13‎/‎2019 at 10:53 AM, mcaselogic said:

Good for you Dustin! I hope you get the position you want!

I started my process with the Navy but seems like that’s going nowhere. Air Force already disqualified me due to my height. Army is my third choice in branches but I want to serve already and can’t bothered to wait 2 more years for Navy to finally choose me. I’ll be getting in contact with an Army recruiter soon enough.

I thought the Navy cut out recruiting for FNPs? This may be hearsay but a poster on my discussion mentioned the Navy is no longer recruiting for NPs.

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On ‎6‎/‎17‎/‎2019 at 12:12 AM, Nursey Jola said:

Are Letter of Recommendations required along with statement of motivation? My recruiter hasn't even asked me for those yet. I've so far only turned in my CV and filled out the questionnaire for background check. Is there a particular format to those? Maybe I should start working on them while I wait for a response from my recruiter.

Yes, you will likely need 3-5 LORs. I would recommend an academic and at least 2 from your nursing supervisors. If you have a contact who is in a military leadership position and can speak to your qualities, I would recommend you see if they will write you one. It helps. Your recruiter probably has templates of LORs and I would recommend contacting them and getting that started. They will also need copies of your licenses and transcripts if you have not already provided them.

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