Air Force COT questions - page 2

First of many questions: How much time is there before the end of COT and the beginning of your new nursing job? I should be heading to COT on June 29. If COT runs for four weeks, and ends on... Read More

  1. by   carolinapooh
    Don't do anything until you find out your selection status. I submitted my package in February and was selected in June for the October class (10-01).
  2. by   JayBSN
    Definitely no marksman ribbon for nurses, UNLESS you are training for the transport team, not sure what that all entails or what exactly the job is but us nurses don't get issued a weapon unless they are on the special team.

    If you are feeling shafted: call your local weapon retailer, take the safety course and apply for a License to Carry. Target training is actually quite fun. I proudly wear my Smith & Wesson "Yeah, so, I shoot like a girl" T-Shirt.

    J
  3. by   carolinapooh
    Quote from wtbcrna
    Try this link it will explain most things about COT and you can download the operating instructions (which will be what your 1st test is on). http://www.au.af.mil/au/holmcenter/O...RCOT/index.asp

    I think you get 7-10d between COT and arriving to your duty station depending on where your 1st duty station is and where you are coming from. It should be in your orders when you get them exactly what day you have to report to your new duty station.

    Ribbons: You should get AF training ribbon and GWOT ribbon sometime during/or at the end of COT. You won't be doing firearm training at COT unless things have changed.
    You only get 7-14 days if you have leave accrued OR if you want to go in the hole with leave (which you really should never do). On my orders I have three travel days from Montgomery, AL to San Antonio, TX, but I'm going to burn off one day's leave since we'll have just shy of 2.5 days when we graduate. I won't be in the hole and I'll get an extra day in New Orleans. I'm actually given 11 days to get to San Antonio - but they're in excess of the allowed travel time and are therefore chargeable leave.

    But since I'll be getting there the day before Thanksgiving....

    We will also qualify for the National Defense Ribbon.
  4. by   adammRN
    For those that want to live on base is that an option? Someone that I know in the Air Force said she went to COT, NTP and then back to her 'home' base, none of which were the same location!
  5. by   Spencer2002
    cot is at maxwell af base. ntp training is at af base that offers your nursing specialty. not every base offers ntp in curtain nursing areas. my base doesn’t have an icu. recruiters have a worksheet that shows which base and the ntp they provide. very few bases teach for flight nursing program for example. hope that makes sense.
  6. by   wtbcrna
    Quote from adammRN
    For those that want to live on base is that an option? Someone that I know in the Air Force said she went to COT, NTP and then back to her 'home' base, none of which were the same location!
    You can live on base at your permanent duty station. You won't be able to be assigned to on base housing until you get to your permanent duty station, if you are lucky enough to get your NTP training at the same base as your permanent duty station you can apply for housing during NTP. The biggest problem with on base housing is that there is usually a waiting list of anywhere from 3mo-1yr to get on base housing.
  7. by   Spencer2002
    I got to COT next week. Should I sign up for GI Bill even if I plan to stay in for 20 and retire?
  8. by   wtbcrna
    Quote from Spencer2002
    I got to COT next week. Should I sign up for GI Bill even if I plan to stay in for 20 and retire?
    Absolutely!!!! You can transfer it to your spouse or children and you may later decide to get your graduate education on your own time. Tution assistance doesn't cover all costs at the vast majority of schools.
  9. by   Spencer2002
    thank you wtbcrna,
    do you think it is very likely that i could get my np through the air force
  10. by   wtbcrna
    Quote from spencer2002
    thank you wtbcrna,
    do you think it is very likely that i could get my np through the air force
    getting your np through afit is by competitive selection process, so it is hard to say from one year to another how competitive your package will be compared to everyone else. now saying all that there are a lot of times where there isn't enough qualified applicants. a lot of nurses choose to do their np on their on time, and avoid the mandatory 4yr payback.
  11. by   carolinapooh
    Quote from wtbcrna
    Getting your NP through AFIT is by competitive selection process, so it is hard to say from one year to another how competitive your package will be compared to everyone else. Now saying all that there are a lot of times where there isn't enough qualified applicants. A lot of nurses choose to do their NP on their on time, and avoid the mandatory 4yr payback.
    Do they no longer have tuition reimbursement? If not, that's ridiculous.
  12. by   wtbcrna
    Quote from carolinapooh
    Do they no longer have tuition reimbursement? If not, that's ridiculous.
    AF still has tuition reimbursement/assistance, but as a commissioned officer you owe two more years from the last day of your last class if you use TA. The time committment runs concurrently with any other time committment, but it is still something to think about. Not to mention TA doesn't cover everything (fees, books, and it caps out after a certain amount). http://www.military.com/money-for-sc...ion-assistance
  13. by   carolinapooh
    Fine by me - I plan on sticking around anyway. Better than footing the whole bill.

    For officers (when I was in), the time used to run CONSECUTIVELY. Wow - they've come a long way...

    Also, when I was in, you used to be able to use the GI Bill after X amount of time in service to pay the difference in the bill. Can you still do that?

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