I just changed my major to nursing and I have been thinking about joining the Air Force ROTC or Navy Nurse Candidate Program (maybe NROTC). I have a few questions. I want to go into neonatal (NICU) nursing or midwifery. My fiance is in in the NROTC and will be a submariner when he is commissioned. We are both sophomores in college.
1. What is better for NICU nursing or nursing overall Air Force or Navy?
2. How much do you travel with NICU or OB nursing?
3. How likely is it that my fiance and I will be stationed near each other? I have done some research on this and the closest navy and AF bases are in Virginia and Hawaii.
4. What is better civilian or military nursing? Pay wise, time wise, challenging wise?
5. I want to get my masters degree preferably right away after I get my BSN or a year or two after I graduate. Will this be possible and will the military pay for it (if so how much more commitment is there)?
6. How much do military nurses get paid compared to civilian nurses?
7. Do you get paid more mattering on what area you are in like doctors do?
8. How easy or difficult is it to have kids when both the mother and the father are military?
9. How likely is it that as a NICU or OB nurse I would have to go overseas (where there are no submarine bases-except Guam but they only have 2 subs there).
Thanks, I need to make my decision by August 20 so I can talk to the Air Force or Navy here to sign up.
I don't really want to join the Navy ROTC here because my fiance is in it and the majority of the midshipman in the battalion now who I am. They will think that I am doing it just because of my fiance and my fiance might think that I am invading his beloved turf. So I would like to avoid the NROTC at all costs. Thus the last three questions:
10. Do you think my theories about joining the NROTC are unfounded?
11. Is it possible to do the Navy Nurse Candidate Program at a school with ROTC?
12. Can you join either the AFROTC or NROTC when you are junior and going into nursing? So far I have only seen that you have to be a freshman or sophomore.
Hope that is not too much to answer and I really need to find all this stuff out, so if a few people could use some of their time to answer my questions I would be really grateful. Thanks.