Air Force Nursing Bonus, Student Loan Repayment - page 2

I am considering joining the air force as a nurse and I have been told that all slots are full for student loan repayment for this fiscal year (2009). But that the bonus is still available. I know... Read More

  1. by   Spencer2002
    I'm still waiting for the "phone call" from the recruiter. Has anyone else gotten any news yet?
  2. by   mt_nurse
    I just had an interview with an AF chief nurse last Friday, and she said that they are offering a bonus and loan repayment. I don't know why your recruiter would say such a thing. Good luck to you and everyone else going through this lengthy process!
  3. by   carolinapooh
    It could have been that at the particular point the OP was mentioning, Congress/Dept of the AF/the Pentagon had pulled the bonus and loan repayment offers because either recruitment needs have been met (which I doubt) or because simply some sector of the government had pulled the funding.

    They do this on a whim and without warning, which sucks - so it could have been that the recruiter had just been told that the incentives no longer existed as of that day.
  4. by   Spencer2002
    "Ask and Thou Shall Receive" I got the phone call from the recruiter. I'm leaving for Oct 09 COT. Thanks to everyone who has had input on all the message board. What a great website for nurses! GO AIR FORCE!
  5. by   jentrump29
    Congrats Spencer!!! Did you get the base you wanted??
  6. by   adammRN
    wish my recruiter would stop ignoring me... somehow i was told i would not be able to go to COT until after Jan 1st of 2010. if they don't offer the bonus or loan repayment, i will just wait till they do.
  7. by   rghbsn
    You were likely told that you couldn't go until after January because there are only so many school seats available. There are more recruits than there are seats, so they just keep getting pushed ahead. If you get your paperwork together and have all of your physicals and pre-testing done ahead of time, it makes you a good candidate if someone gets sick, injured, pregnant whatever shortly before an assigned class date. Keep in mind, also, that some units are getting ready to become deployable and will get extra seats for their people so they can be at or near full strength.
    There is not much that is fast in a corporation/operation as large as the US military...do what you are supposed to do, research as much as you can to be as preparred as possible and you'll be fine. It's a lot of hurry up and wait, but the rewards are often worth it.
  8. by   carolinapooh
    Quote from adammRN
    wish my recruiter would stop ignoring me... somehow i was told i would not be able to go to COT until after Jan 1st of 2010. if they don't offer the bonus or loan repayment, i will just wait till they do.
    I was told there was no loan repayment either - and then I got an email from someone down at AFPC direct to me (she used the email on my resume) telling me how to apply for the loans AS SOON AS I GET TO MY BASE. So apparently, they have money hanging around (typical USAF/DOD/Pentagon/Congress - they have a mattress stuffed somewhere), we'll just have to jump through hoops to get it.

    If you really want to be an officer in the USAF, I wouldn't recommend waiting - there's always the chance that they may not offer it again, especially given the current budget crunches. You might find that you've waited, and they've downsized the number of COT seats available. Not likely, but not unheard of either.

    STAY ON YOUR RECRUITER.
  9. by   JayBSN
    Hummm I wonder why my recruiter neglected to tell me there is an October COT ship out date when I went for Meps in July. He told me all the other ones, at least I think he did. September was supposed to be the meeting about budget, loan repayment, and bonuses....Still no news. Apparently, now November is the time to wait for. I'll just be happy if I'm seeing new places and I'm making enough to pay my bills in this economy.

    -Hoping for January pending acceptance.

    *May BSN graduate, still no job =\ No interviews either*

    Looking for news about the new PT scoring system if anyones heard also.

    Thanks.

    J
  10. by   carolinapooh
    There is no November COT date.

    After the October class, the next class date is 11 January 2010.

    http://www.au.af.mil/au/holmcenter/O...edule-FY10.pdf

    They don't run a November class because you would graduate during the Christmas holiday.
  11. by   JayBSN
    November to hear about loan repayment....

    September was supposed to be the meeting about budget, loan repayment, and bonuses....Still no news. Apparently, now November is the time to wait for.
  12. by   carolinapooh
    Yep - the new budget will go into effect 1 October 2010 - the Pentagon's fiscal year is 1 Oct - 30 Sept. Sorry - I misread your post and I wanted to be sure folks got correct information.
  13. by   Spencer2002
    I have started reading the COT Manual and I have to fill out an Officer Performance feedback worksheet. At the top of the form it is asking me for my.......

    Gaining unit commander (Rank and Full name)
    Your Squadron Commander
    His/her Direct Switch Network number

    I'm not familiar with these terms. Is this a person at COT or at Mt. Home AFB.

    PLEASE HELP ANYONE

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