Air Force Nursing Bonus, Student Loan Repayment - page 6

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   wtbcrna
    Quote from Spencer2002
    Are we going to have any further lab testing, screenings, UA....stuff like that at COT?
    Yes, we had to do a UA when we got to COT plus we did all of vaccinations then too.
  2. by   IronhorseBSN
    Thank you for your input! I made copies of everything I sent to the recruiter before I mailed it - the entire packet! I had it in several weeks ago, but he said he was busy with another selection board, so my application went on hold (which is OK, I understand that everyone has to prioritize). I did not realize how lengthy this process would be. I don't mind waiting to go to COT, it would just be nice to get the selection part out of the way! I was told there is a selection board in November and December, but I am sure I won't make the November board - especially given your input!

    Anyhow, I sincerely thank you for your comments. Knowing what I have to expect (realistically) is very helpful, especially in planning the other aspects of my life!
  3. by   superbike81
    I'm currently Active Duty enlisted Air Force. I've got 3 years left on my enlistment, and then I'm going for Nursing school and will return to the Air Force. I have two routes to choose:

    NECP - Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program, basically lets me out of my job a little early to go to school, all school paid for, I retain my E-5 pay and benefits and remain on active duty, but my only job will be to go to school and the AFROTC stuff. Upon completion of school, I return to active duty as an O-1.

    Separate - I get out of the AF at my normal time, and go to school on my own, using my GI Bill, and then finish my BSN and apply to become an Air Force Nurse.

    I've heard that with active duty service sometimes we can be commissioned as an O-3 instead of having to start as an 0-1. I'm an E-5 now and when I separate I'll have 10 years active service. Has anyone heard of this before?
  4. by   SeekirRN
    i'm currently active duty enlisted air force. i've got 3 years left on my enlistment, and then i'm going for nursing school and will return to the air force. i have two routes to choose:

    necp - nurse enlisted commissioning program, basically lets me out of my job a little early to go to school, all school paid for, i retain my e-5 pay and benefits and remain on active duty, but my only job will be to go to school and the afrotc stuff. upon completion of school, i return to active duty as an o-1.

    separate - i get out of the af at my normal time, and go to school on my own, using my gi bill, and then finish my bsn and apply to become an air force nurse.

    i've heard that with active duty service sometimes we can be commissioned as an o-3 instead of having to start as an 0-1. i'm an e-5 now and when i separate i'll have 10 years active service. has anyone heard of this before?

    you would go in as an o1e with 10 years of tis. your rank in the af nurse corps would be based on years of rn experience. any experience as a rn is cut in half and applied to tig. for instance, i had about 3 months rn experience so i have 1 month 10 days of applied tig.

    i took the route of separating, using my gi bill. it worked out well for me since my husband is still active duty and i knew we would be moving around. my package is waiting for the november boards. can't wait to find out!

    honestly, if you are ever unsure, contact a health services recruiter to verify the information you find out or "hear".
  5. by   maverickemt
    Carolinapooh: Can you please ask someone at Wilford Hall how many applications have been submitted already for the Jan 26th boards. My recruiter in San Antonio told me that there are only 24 slots left for the board. I am thinking that there are a lot more than 24 applications for those spots! Was your recruiter's name Sgt. Frederickson? I still have to interview, but I will wait (if its possible) for the next board if there are enough applications for this board....

    Thanks - Sachin
  6. by   midinphx
    Maverick,
    if you are a new grad and still haven't interviewed yet, I think you may have a bit of a wait. There are nurses who are new grads that went to the November boards and got selected that still don't know their COT dates. They will not be leaving for months, when they had hoped and planned to leave in January. There is a pile up waiting to join. Eventually, they'll catch up with it all, but do expect a wait. It's frustrating, but try to have patience. I was in the November board, and yet to hear anything at all.
    I don't want to dampen your spirits, just prepare you for it.
  7. by   maverickemt
    I have about 16 months of nursing experience. Should I believe my recruiter and stick with the AF or should I choose another service? I don't mind going to COT later on, but I just want to get selected for the Air Force???!!!?? Its freaking me out!

    -Thanks, maverickemt
  8. by   carolinapooh
    Quote from maverickemt
    Carolinapooh: Can you please ask someone at Wilford Hall how many applications have been submitted already for the Jan 26th boards. My recruiter in San Antonio told me that there are only 24 slots left for the board. I am thinking that there are a lot more than 24 applications for those spots! Was your recruiter's name Sgt. Frederickson? I still have to interview, but I will wait (if its possible) for the next board if there are enough applications for this board....

    Thanks - Sachin
    I'm from NC so that wasn't my recruiter. I would try to find out for you if I could, but all of that is handled by AFPC at Randolph and the RN/officer accession folks over at Maxwell AFB, AL. I don't know that they'd tell me.

    Once your package is complete, let your recruiter submit it. The boards will shift apps as they need to.
    Last edit by carolinapooh on Dec 24, '09
  9. by   kato10
    Quote from superbike81
    I'm currently Active Duty enlisted Air Force. I've got 3 years left on my enlistment, and then I'm going for Nursing school and will return to the Air Force. I have two routes to choose:

    NECP - Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program, basically lets me out of my job a little early to go to school, all school paid for, I retain my E-5 pay and benefits and remain on active duty, but my only job will be to go to school and the AFROTC stuff. Upon completion of school, I return to active duty as an O-1.

    Separate - I get out of the AF at my normal time, and go to school on my own, using my GI Bill, and then finish my BSN and apply to become an Air Force Nurse.

    I've heard that with active duty service sometimes we can be commissioned as an O-3 instead of having to start as an 0-1. I'm an E-5 now and when I separate I'll have 10 years active service. Has anyone heard of this before?
    I'm a little slow in a response to you, but here is my personal experience with getting out. I was AD and got out to go to nursing school. I used the GI Bill which was great. However, it is tough getting back in now. I do have old knee injuries to deal with causing delays. I would recommend staying affiliated with the military as it can be tougher than you think to get back in and you never know what the future will hold....don't give up your ties.
  10. by   carolinapooh
    Quote from superbike81

    I've heard that with active duty service sometimes we can be commissioned as an O-3 instead of having to start as an 0-1. I'm an E-5 now and when I separate I'll have 10 years active service. Has anyone heard of this before?
    Not true. Advanced officer rank in the AF RN corps is based on nursing experience or your degree, not military experience. With a BSN you will start as an O1E with ten years active service. The pay's a little more, but when you hit captain you take a huge jump, and then at major you REALLY take a jump.

    Even the master sergeants who go to regular OTS start off as second lieutenants. Advanced rank is solely based on job experience or degree requirements for that rank (if you go in with a Masters you go in as a first Lt, for example), but it's not based on military time.

    I know - I have eight years and am looking forward to next December (I have one year TIG as a 2d Lt), when I make 1st Lt and will make more than a friend of mine who went in as a Captain with zero years prior service. And O4 is looking SWEET.
  11. by   midinphx
    I have a BSN, an MBA in healthcare management, my CCRN, 14 years nursing experience, and 3 years prior service. I'll be an O-3 with like 5 years prior (they count inactive reserve at half time).
  12. by   carolinapooh
    Quote from midinphx
    I have a BSN, an MBA in healthcare management, my CCRN, 14 years nursing experience, and 3 years prior service. I'll be an O-3 with like 5 years prior (they count inactive reserve at half time).
    Actually, the recruiters have this waaaaayyy wrong - and I don't know why. You'll go in with your three years prior service, but with six years for pay purposes only. Only the three years counts for retirement.

    I don't know why they still give them that multiplier thing.

    The reason I know this is completely correct is because I pulled my own personnel record in MilPDS and called Randolph AFB to find out what all those weird dates were. I was told my date of rank is 14 December 2008, my date of pay is 01 August 2001, and my TIS is four years. So that means I currently have just over one year TIG, my pay is calculated from August 2001 (keep in mind I got out in 2000!) - giving me > 8 years TIS for pay ONLY. ALL of your inactive time counts for pay purposes.

    My eligibility date for 20 year retirement is 17 October 2025 - sixteen additional years active duty.

    So getting > six years TIS for pay (by the time you get to your duty station) rocks, really.

    Again, this came straight from the horse's mouth, as it were - right from the Air Force Personnel Center.
  13. by   midinphx
    yeah, that sounds like how it was explained to me. I get 3 years toward retirement for my prior active. I get 2.5 years to my pay for my inactive. so it only helps with pay (like I'm complaining! lol). I'll be O-3 with 5.5 years in TIS.
    I think we are both saying the same thing? Military tongue twisters!

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