There are several states that accept license from California that is gained by military members taking the NCLEX-PN. I sat on the NCLEX-PN in 2001 and was licensed in California, and I was able to gain reciprocity and gain New Mexico licensure in 2004. I would have been able to do the same in NC, W.VA, and two other states that I can't recall. California did allow (2004), Independent Duty AF personnel with hospital/in-patient skill-set to sit on the NCLEX-RN. Also, I have met an Army medic that gained his LPN in Texas, and enter nursing programs
as an LPN to later sit for the NCLEX-RN in a year.
There are corpsman/medics performing task in the military that surpass basic LPN skills - so having them challenge and work in the civilian sector IS (as safe or more so) safe. One just need to know their own weaknesses and limitations.
RussA, practicing RN....and still continue to learn