Interested in Navy Reserves

  1. Hi everyone,

    I hope I can get some feedback from nurses/NPs that are currently serving as active/reserve. I’m an NP specializing in ID. Since high school, always wanted to join Navy but was scared due to possibility of going to war (lol please don’t judge me!). I’m 30 as of this post and now more than ever I feel that I could possibly take my career to new heights. I’d like to know what can I possibly expect in the reserves. Job requirements/duties? Do I have to relocate? Is there a possiblility of deployment to receive full benefits?

    My long term goals for my career is to go back to school for an MPH and going into the field of HIV research.

    I have a friend that’s with the National Guard but he’s a mechanic. He told me in order for him to get his benefits for school he has to do various tours.

    Any info can help.

    I also don’t know how to swim but that’s another story LOL!

    Thanks in advance for your feedback.
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    About mcaselogic, BSN, MSN, RN, NP

    Joined: Apr '08; Posts: 26; Likes: 2
    NP; from US
    Specialty: 6 year(s) of experience in ID


  3. by   Pixie.RN
    You would have to learn how to swim. When it comes to deployment, I tell people to consider it as a "when" not an "if." If you don't want to go to war (not judging, it's not really fun and not everyone wants to), the military is probably not a good idea for you. Have you considered a job as a civilian in a military hospital or with the VA? I am sure they could use you!
  4. by   mcaselogic
    That’s what someone told me today! I had no idea I could do that. I’m looking at my options. I truly enjoy helping others in a time of need, I guess I have a misinterpretation that I may have to go out to the field and start shooting (which honestly I wouldn’t mind if I truly have to). My family has no military background so I truly don’t have a clue as to what to expect.

    Another comment I got today was that Air Force has better benefits and fields of healthcare compared to Navy. Any clue on this?