Quote from Tati1223
1. Will the Army or Air Force take in my LPN experience so I may enter with a higher rank?
No, only RN time counts.
2. How is the military with tattoos and officers? I currently have a huge one on the back of my neck.
Nothing on the neck that goes above the t-shirt line for the Army; the AF is even more strict. I commissioned into the Army with sleeves in progress, and I had to obtain a waiver for those. Anything on face/hands/neck is a no-go. Sorry.
3. Can my family come with me while I complete my training?
That would depend on your first duty station. For the Army Nurse Corps, the majority of training is at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. If that is your first duty station, then your family will move with you when you begin training. If you are stationed anywhere else, then no. They told us to NOT bring three things to initial training: family, pets, and weapons.
4. When should I start my packet?
How soon can you get your tattoo removed?
You should contact a recruiter to find out the needs of the service at this time; the Army hasn't been taking many new grads for a while unless you did ROTC. The AF still takes new grads, but your tattoo is probably going to be an issue.