Army Reserve Nursing - page 3

Has anyone recently joined the Army Reserves? I am considering but am trying to get the most (accurate) information. I graduated in 1993 (BSN) and have been in critical care and trauma since then. ... Read More

  1. by   Kathyporter
    Athena, I'm also a 52 year old nurse, just joined the US army reserves as a 66H. I'm a womens health care NP and have my MSN, and hope to make CPT before too long. I'm awaiting my orders. I have prior military (USMC 30 years ago) and was told my training is 4 weeks at Sam Houston. I'd love to chat or email with you if possible.
  2. by   buskat
    Trying to correspond with Athena or any of you that are reserve Army nurses. I can't email on this program. I received my commission and would love to talk to some of you. My email is
  3. by   thenursingapprentice
    Quote from MustangGirl850

    I have been in the army reserves for almost 2 years.. I'm a Dental Specialist... in the process of reclassing to combat medic/LPN... *crosses fingers*

    It's alot of fun. We drill once a month usually the 3rd weekend in the month.. We go to the range, teach classes, and other training stuff... It's easy money.. I'm currently in a non deployable unit..

    and Lcraig.. it's never too late to join.. We have a 60 year old guy in my unit.. maybe older... it's a medical suport unit..

    If anyone wants more information let me know.. I'm an Army reserves recruiting assistant!!

    Hello, I'm currently a student in an accelerated BSN program in Massachusetts, due to graduate in May 2011. I'm beginning to consider my professional options and make plans for the future and one thought is the Reserves. I volunteered overseas with the Peace Corps and appreciated the lessons learned. I have an interest in international relief work, and possibly working with DMAT. Anyway, I was wondering what your thoughts were on a new grad joining up? Also, I plan to go for my MSN as an NP, so may that will have an effect.

    Thanks. Feel free to email me at (no spaces) rae dochartaigh at g mail dot com. (I can't PM here, yet)
  4. by   shix1980
    Hey everybody,
    I am a 30 year old female nurse with 3 years of ICU experience thinking of joining the army reserves. I have read a lot of forums here about the reserves and am so excited! Can anybody please tell me how long it takes to be sworn in to going to officer training? Thanks!
  5. by   jeckrn
    Depends on your unit. They are to send you within 1 year from the time you get orders to them. It can take 2 months to get orders for the unit. Once you get your orders you can start drilling with them before you go to OBLC.
  6. by   shix1980
    Thanks Jeckrn! Hopefully it won't take a year though Am excited on taking this journey and can't wait to submitt my application. Wish me luck
  7. by   jerrylundergard
    I started drilling in may and took the oath in April. We finally got my med profile all green and good to go. It takes forever for the paperwork to go through. My first request for OBC was denied cause the computer hadnt updated my physical profile. So we put in for OBC again on Friday. Then it has to go up 3 levels or something before it gets to HRC for approval/dissaproval. So last time it took 2 or 3 months just to go up the levels to get denied cause my PHA wasnt updated in computer. So then I had to scamble to get all physical docs together so I could get my green light. So it can take along time but you can shorten it and you must be proactive. I would say maybe a year from getting sworn in to going to OBC simply cause paper moves so slow. Ive heard of people taking up to the 3 years that they are allowed to go to OBC...
  8. by   stephgor
    I am an army reserve CRNA and I took oath in March. I also am trying to get a green on my PHA even though I had the initial medical eval. I am looking at April for OBLC but half of the slots were already filled when i went to APMC orientation last week. I don't want to go to Fort Sam in the middle of summer. It will take a good year once your oath is taken due to large amount of healthcare providers joining. Yes you have up to three years to complete OBLC and are nondeployable until you complete it. And you will be deployed for a year as an RN unless you are a 90 day rotator(CRNA/MD).
  9. by   aslanchamp
    hey guys,
    i was thinking of joining the army reserve. i am a male rn (2 yr degree) and in bsn for biochemistry. what can i accept in reserve? will i be an officer? will i be able to cont my school? the pay and everything else. i m not getting good answers from the army's website. i would welcome any info. thanks.
  10. by   firstyearRN
    Is it possible to be non deployable in the army reserves and just do stuff in your home city?? Or given we have 2 active wars, is everyone potentially deployable? What exactly does the reserve entail and how long does the commitment tend to be? Thank you so much in advance for your help!!
  11. by   jerrylundergard
    You are non-deployable until you go to OBC. The word I hear is you have 3 years to go to OBC. I commisioned April 2010 and have a confirmed seat for OBC June 30 2011. I tried to get in earlier but there was always something wrong. I figured out to call the person at HRC that actually puts us in and tell them I have a submited request for OBC. When they see it at HRC they can put you in. Otherwise it sits on desks for months and the class you signed up for gets filled.

    Even if you sign a 3 year contract you will be on the hook for 8 years. You will serve 3 years then go on IRR for the last 5 to complete your 8. They can call you up to mobilize or deploy when you are IRR.

    I would 100% count on a deployment or mobilization if your going into Army Reserves. Basically, if your not ok with the fact you will be deployed you shouldnt even consider the Army. I think it would suck to miss family, home, and friends but you will get awesome experience. If you serve in overseas war zone you will be a vet for the rest of your life. You should take pride and honor in that, imo...
  12. by   just_cause
    in any component everyone is potentially deployable - this is the whole point of service. That being said different reserves have different unit mission / roles. You can look into the reserve unit to see if their unit type to see if 'likely' to deploy or when the next scheduled rotation is... though everything is always subject to change.
  13. by   jerrylundergard
    Even if your unit is on a rotation and its not their turn, they are just plucking TPU soldiers individially from different units. That is to say, even if your unit isnt due to go you certainly can have your individual number called and mobd or deployed that way. There are a bunch of soldiers from the various medical units at the local I drill at that are serving overseas or mobd stateside somewhere even though their home units arent.