Thank you for the quick replies. Yes, 2ndCareerRN, you are right, the Army is the only branch that will recruit me at age 39. The other branches cut off at 34.
I am very interested in the educational opportunities. Would like to become an FNP. Is this really possible? Does the Army provide this education to those who qualify? They say they do.
I am currently a Public Health Nurse with my own clinic. I do love my job but the pay leaves A LOT to be desired. (under 30,000) Currently the budget cuts are threatening my stability. I have already been laid off twice, through no fault of my own, cashed out on retirement after several years of service. I don't want to work the rest of my life. SS says I can retire at 72. Oh boy!
My goal is to be career Army, retire in 20 years. I'll be 61 y/o. I like the idea of retiring early.
I'm told I will be commissioned as a 1st Lt, promoted to Cpt. in a few months, and probably retire as a Col. Sounds good to me.
I am joining the Reserves first. Will be in the Reserves for 2 years then go active.
I want to travel, serve my country, advance my career, provide for my family, and get more education.
Hubby (Army Vet) is all for it. My oldest will be an adult by the time I go active. My RN boss, who is an Army Vet, says I will love it b/c I am the type of person who does well in the military.
armyobrn, I've spent the majority of my nursing career on call 24/7. Used to working short staffed and under budget, but was hoping the Army would be better. My life has not been my own for the last 16 years IMO. I can't remember the last time I actually lived my life for myself. Sad, but true.
The Reserve unit I will be joining has not been called active. It is a feild hospital that has over 600 members. I understand that when they are called, the entire unit is called. Their mission is changing from training in the jungles to training in Egypt next year. I suspect that they have not been called b/c they are not ready to serve in the desert yet.
I know the hardest part will be the seperation from my family when I am called to serve in the Middle East or elsewhere. Of course there is a posiblilty that I will never serve in the MEast. I am not going into this with eyes closed. That is why your responses are so very important to me. Any and all information I can get now, will help me make the right decision regaurding my life and my future. Perhaps the 20 I am in won't be my own, but it leaves me with 11 more years of time that will be mine once I'm retired, and that is my light at the end of the tunnel.
Of course, all of this rides on if I can get through MEPS. I'm wondering if they need nurses so bad that MEPS won't be a problem. I don't think I have anything that will keep me from serving, but I won't really know untill after MEPS. My recruiter tells me I have nothing to worry about, but we will see what happens.
Please keep the responses coming.