interviewing with NP and Chief Nurse (air force) - page 9

I'm in the process of applying for the Air Force as a new BSN/RN grad, and I'm anxious about the interviews (as well as MEPS and COT). From what I have read and heard, the NP is a phone interview and... Read More

  1. by   shapely
    Thanks Kato, that sounds about like what I heard in my interviews, but was curious from someone first hand. It is good to know that the same message is going around. I'll be leaving in August. If you get everything in and leave at the same time, send me a PM. I would love to know someone ahead of getting there.
  2. by   maverickemt
    Has anyone heard back from their recruiters for the latest board that took place on March 5th for the RN selection boards? I heard by word of mouth that I was selected from two recruiters in San Antonio but I don't have any orders yet and I don't know what COT I will be going to. April 13th is when they are supposed to release that. My experience with the Air Force has been not good so far. They give you a date to shoot for and then they postpone it for about a month. I don't mean to sound negative but I am and have been ready to go for about 3 months now and I am getting sick and tired of waiting around. Any advice by anyone on this will be helpful.

    Maverick
  3. by   midinphx
    Maverick,
    I feel your frustration and annoyance. Only advice is to get busy and try to focus on something else. It is really horrible keeping your whole life on hold waiting. I know. I get to go to COT in May. I have no idea when I'll commission. I'm concerned about moving my house and getting uniforms. I have my lists and am preparing all that I can. Everything else.... well, I just have to trust that it will all fall in place.
    I'm sorry you still know nothing. It took 5 months from when I turned in packet until I got any response. It isn't just you. Good luck
  4. by   maverickemt
    What sucks is that the recruiters that I am working with know very well that I am willing to an earlier COT date and they have told me that Randolph knows as well. I don't know what to believe anymore, I really don't. The only thing I know is that the Air Force is really slow and takes forever to do anything.
  5. by   kato10
    The COT classes are full from my understanding up to August. You won't be alone on the list of people that are anxious to go and ready to go sooner. There are quite a few that are getting pushed to 2011 already, so if you get to go in 2010 consider yourself ahead of a lot of folks.
  6. by   maverickemt
    Kato - Do you know your assignment yet? Do you know what COT date you are going to? I think its different for NPs. Please respond. I am thinking about calling my recruiter everyday until they give me an assignment. I am not the only one going to be so sick and tired of waiting and being postponed. I think the recruiting office in San Antonio is a little frustrated with Randolph overall this year because its been a crazy busy for Nurse selections.
  7. by   midinphx
    Mav,
    Your recruiter is not the only factor in the slowness of the process. Calling repeatedly would really be wrong. Do call and check in every couple of weeks, but don't harrass the guy. It's not like they are assigning COT dates earlier than June anyway, so relax.
  8. by   maverickemt
    Quote from midinphx
    Mav,
    Your recruiter is not the only factor in the slowness of the process. Calling repeatedly would really be wrong. Do call and check in every couple of weeks, but don't harrass the guy. It's not like they are assigning COT dates earlier than June anyway, so relax.
    Well, hopefully this thing will be over in the next two days, on the day that AFPC said that the selections would be released. Its funny how all of a sudden, on one day, the list of people that were selected with their assignments comes out. My experience with the Air force tells me that nothing will happen this entire week, or in April. I will hopefully get a phone call in May or June.

    Its a little frustrating and now I am thinking about declining whatever they give me, if I am even selected. I have no proof yet of whether or not the Colonel selected me or not. Its all word of mouth. The military can't be trusted at all - not so far.

    Maverick
  9. by   kato10
    Quote from maverickemt
    Kato - Do you know your assignment yet? Do you know what COT date you are going to? I think its different for NPs. Please respond. I am thinking about calling my recruiter everyday until they give me an assignment. I am not the only one going to be so sick and tired of waiting and being postponed. I think the recruiting office in San Antonio is a little frustrated with Randolph overall this year because its been a crazy busy for Nurse selections.

    No, I don't know anything besides my application is being reviewed. As far as I've understood the NPs do not meet the "nursing board". Our applications are reviewed as they come in since there aren't nearly as many of us looking to enter the AF. However, we still have to go through the rest.....selection then COT date and assignment. The assignment doesn't come from the board but rather Randolp AFB based on the needs of the AF. We do go to COT as well as MDs and clergy staff. I did hear recently that they are looking to waive COT for prior service since they are so far behind on COT classes. It might be that prior would go to COT later after the big wave this summer. I don't know how true this all is.....rumors.
  10. by   shapely
    My application went to same board as rn's with experience. I wish I could tell you their secrets to how they pick dates and assignments. There have been people who found out after me leaving before me. May have to do with where your assignment is and if they need you today or can wait. My husband is active duty and says the sooner I stop trying to figure it all out, the more I'll enjoy the military.

    Kato I hope you're slotted for august
  11. by   Travelcrazy
    Hi all. Just wanted to let you all know my situation since it may give you some insight. My application originally went to the January boards and I found out April 1 my assignment and COT date. I will not be leaving for COT until March of next year. Apparently, the overwhelming influx of new nurses that they accepted this year filled up all the earlier COT dates. I signed my acceptance letter and got my fingerprints last week when my recruiter met me with all of it. Maverick-I'm sure you will hear something soon. My recruiter had originally told me that AFSC was taking 2 weeks for TDY and no other results would be out before they got back. That two weeks should be over this week. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.
  12. by   midinphx
    Travel,
    Congrats on your acceptance. I'm sorry you have to wait so long. but plenty of time to prepare at least. I have 40 days before a life changing move. I have no commision, no order, no ability to get a move date.... oh well. I am doing what I can and figure the rest will fall in place! I'm commissioning on Thursday!! The colonel who did my interview and with whom I've been e-mailing back and forth since is going to do the honors for me. I have not told work yet and last night we were filling out our schedules. I just filled out whatever. I am only working the 1st week of it because I'll be gone. I did a private little happy dance! lol
  13. by   Travelcrazy
    Midinphx-
    The wait really isn't that bad for me. It worked out well, actually. My husband is in bootcamp right now and will finish in June. He then goes to tech school which happens to be right down the road from us at Keesler. He'll be there for 4 months, so I'll get to see him on the weekends. It also gives us more time to sell or rent our house out. It was originally planned for me to go to COT this past March and I was scrambling to sell or rent this house. So, I sympathize with you. I must say, though, that I'm a bit envious of you. I do wish I was leaving in 40 days!

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