40, one year too old for Army/Navy nurse candiate program

  1. Sigh,

    Well AMEDD still hasn't given me the definitive the Navy sure did. In order to be able to acess as a Nurse Candidate program and get the bonus and monthly stipend you must be no older than 40 when you sit for NCLEX.

    Bummer, I will be 41.

    So, this also looks like I will not be able to join the Army or Navy then too? Since I will be a new nurse graduate next year I don't think they will take me either because I will be a new nurse and will not make 20 years commission by age 60.

    So bummed.

    edited: wait that may have been changed to age 62!!! apparently there are age waivers due to enkistment side raising too. Hmmm, my recruiter has just told me that the reason he had me take the ASVAB and go to Meps was to ensure that I qualify as enlistment to meet the same requirements. I don't know what the heck he is exactly talking about though...:/
    Gen
    Last edit by Gennaver on Aug 28, '06
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  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Good luck finding your way into military service!
  4. by   Gennaver
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    Good luck finding your way into military service!
    Thank you Smiling Blue Eyes,

    When things are known for certian about the age and the ANCP eligibility I promise to come and update.

    Since I've got 9 months til graduation I hope I can go that route but, there is also waiting until graduation and going for the different route of the 10K bonus with 30K loan repayment.

    Just hoping for the student stipend mostly. Although it seems that my application could be processed now even for the regular Nurse accession too, since apparently that may be processed when you are six months away from graduation too.

    Gen
  5. by   SueBee RN-BSN
    I know the education $$ can be a good incentive to join the military, but being in the military requires a commitment that is very personal. A military nurse can go from a happy stable work/social life, to being deployed in a war zone at a moments notice. This calles up all kinds of emotions. You have to leave your loved ones. Will you return? Who is going to look after your belongings. What will you do when get to your command, and what will you be exposed to. Military nursing has it's up side that is great, and the down side can be real low. You have to know what your getting into, many do not.

    I wish you the best-
  6. by   Gennaver
    Quote from SueBee RN-BSN
    I know the education $$ can be a good incentive to join the military, but being in the military requires a commitment that is very personal. A military nurse can go from a happy stable work/social life, to being deployed in a war zone at a moments notice. This calles up all kinds of emotions. You have to leave your loved ones. Will you return? Who is going to look after your belongings. What will you do when get to your command, and what will you be exposed to. Military nursing has it's up side that is great, and the down side can be real low. You have to know what your getting into, many do not.

    I wish you the best-
    Hello Sue B,

    I am ready for deployment and anticipate it, otherwise I wouldn't be ready to access into the Army.

    Edited because I hit send too soon.

    Luckily for me there is not family to leave and the family that I do have, (parents, siblings yet we are dispersed) are in full suppor of it.

    My niece is also an enlisted and has equal the support and congratulations from my family as I anticipate as an officer. As a nurse dearly hope that if my niece if ever injured that the nurse who may treat her is equally ready and willing. It would be my honor to assist our young soldiers in thier need.

    Gen
    Last edit by Gennaver on Aug 29, '06
  7. by   Corvette Guy
    FYI; this is not the same as a direct commission in the Army Nurse Corps, which 46 yrs old is the max age limit.

    I just did not want any confusion. However, I'd imagine your situation warrants waiver consideration since the ANC is so short handed these days.

    Good luck!
  8. by   Gennaver
    Quote from Corvette Guy
    FYI; this is not the same as a direct commission in the Army Nurse Corps, which 46 yrs old is the max age limit.

    I just did not want any confusion. However, I'd imagine your situation warrants waiver consideration since the ANC is so short handed these days.

    Good luck!
    Hello,
    Thankfully my recruiter's "big brass" has even been encouraging to hang on and see how the application goes.

    Hopefully since my age is on the border and I will be entering in with the MSN and also would qualify as enlisted too then I may get the waiver. What I have also heard more recently is that as long I would pass NCLEX by age 42 in my case that I may get the waiver. I currently am planning on sitting for it at age 41.

    I so hope to post with very good news eventually.
    Gen

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