Quote from btsteven
I am a 32 and will be starting a 1 year accelerated BSN program this may. I am very interested in the navy and air force. I am mostly interested in the stipend programs both the navy and air force offer while in school. does anyone know about the acceptance rates of these programs. is there a shortage of nurses in either the navy or air force. Basically any info would be helpful. Just wondering how it works and how many are accepted. also would an accel bsn program be accepted.
It may be simpler to state a "one year post bacc BSN" than "accelerated". I only mention this because my program is also a post Bacc RN program, (MS entry).
What I found out when I tried to apply for a student nurse candidate program is that the legislature/senate didn't recognize my MS entry as a student status because it only recognized BSN.
Maybe this bodes well for you.
However, it can take a couple of months to work on your application for the Army and the restrictions for the student candidate bonus and stipend are that you have at a max 2 years towards completion of your BSN but, no less than 6 months! So, if you start now you may be approved in time before you reach your 6 months towards graduation.
My application took only about 8 weeks or so to complete but, had to go before three review boards, (one a month). The first time rejected due to student MS status, and eventually picked up.
My recruiter suggested for me to apply as a senior student but, not for the candidate program with the stipend. Even though I needed the stipend NOW.
So, by going this route, my bonus ended up to be the 10K bonus and the 30K Health Professions Loan Repayment Program, (HPLRP). However, the HPLRP added another 3 years towards my committment. If I went as a student with the stipend the cost for Uncle Sam would've been about 8K in total, go figure.