Amry Reserve Nurse

  1. How long do you have to be committed?

    I ask because I'm scared ill follow through and do it but then end up not liking it I don't want to feel trapped in something I don't want to do but is obligated.

    Also this might sound dumb but I'm new to this topic but where do you get deployed ? Would it be where there's war or can it be at any of the hospital bases? And how long do you deploy for?

    Would it be better for me to commit now (I'm still in high school,a senior) or after I get my RN degree?
    If I wait till after, would they pay my student loans and stuff? I just feel that it would be financially better to commit now, But I'm also scared while during nursing school ill change my mind?

    Also I've talked to a couple recruiters, very quickly though and we hardly conversed but I'm planning to have a meeting with one and from what I know they can be very persuasive and pushy maybe to get to commit since its there job and all. What should I ask them or look out for and stuff any tips?

    That's all I have for now. Sorry for so many questions its just I want to no all the facts before I decide my future. And I'm still in high school and no one I know has had any type of military job.
    Thanks for your time.
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  3. by   jeckrn
    All first time contracts are for 8 years. How you serve them vary, you would need to speak with a healthcare recruiter to find out what is available today since they do change from time to time.
  4. by   athena55
    Just to add on to what jeckrn stated above: you need to obtain your BSN first if you are considering a direct commission into the ANC, RC. Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from HS.
  5. by   jkesler
    Wow Annette

    Good Questions:

    #1 - commitment for reserves is 8 years initial obligation

    #2 - Deployments can be overseas or in the U.S. Whereever they need nurses. Sometimes you deploy as a group with your unit. Other times you can volunteer to join a mission. Probably half of the deployed reserve nurses right now are in the U.S. working in military hospitals, case management, and other assignments

    #3 If you don't have an RN degree yet and you are still in HS you should talk to an ROTC recruiter. The Army might pay for your college and let you get a BSN in nursing if you qualify and are selected.

    #3a if you go on to nursing school first and then join the army reserve your recruiter can and should include student loan repayment and maybe a bonus for signing up with a BSN in nursing. The army reserve will let you join with an associates degree but you have to complete your BSN if you want to stay in past your initial commitment.

    #4 you should ask the recruiter about ROTC. If you don't have a nursing degree from an army recognized program he can't recruit you to be an army nurse so he will probably try to convince you to become an army medic and then use the army "Green to Gold" program to become an army nurse. That is an option and the army will pay for it. But it's a very competitive route and you would have to be very enthusiastic and committed to doing it. If you are sure you want to go straight to nursing then keep him focused on ROTC or programs that pay you to go to nursing school.
    #4a ask about signing bonuses and which jobs have the most. You might be interested in the better paying ones. Ask about student loan repayment. That should be in writing in your contract.
    #4b you should look out for any promises that are NOT in writing. If the recruiter tells you that he can get you into nursing school then make sure he writes that in the contract. Yes, you will have a contract and it should detail the promises the recruiter makes on behalf of the army. If it is not in the contract then you can't hold the army to it.

    before you get the wrong idea, most recruiters are honest but they have a job to do. That job includes meeting recruiting goal. They are taught that most people usually don't mean it when they say no. After all, you wouldn't have come to the recruiting office or called if you weren't interested.