Quote from RachieH
I am interested in military nursing.
For the record, I am 36, will have my BSN by the time I'm 38 or so. I know the age cutoff for the Army AMEDD is 47. Pretty much guaranteed deployment to Iraq is why I am really no longer considering the Army (single mom to young son).
So can I ask you all how Navy and AF are different? Do you know the age cutoff and what kinds of Officers' Schools they have to go to? What is deployment like and am I nuts for even considering the military with a small son (I would take him to live with me wherever I went)? Please be honest.
The deployments in the AF are generally 4-6months for nurses. I have to agree with what Dan stated. It can be very difficult for single parents in the military, but I have known lots single parents in the military. My question to you would be who would be your back up/social network for son when you are deployed? Would your son live with your parents while deployed?
Also, you have to think about TDYs, long work hours, recalls etc.
This is not to discourage you, but as single parent you will have to plan ahead for all these contingencies.
Depending on your longterm goals, you could also consider the reserves, VA, GS positions, USPHS etc.