Quote from JazzyT
I just received word that I was not selected for the AF Nurse Corps NTP program. I was absolutely shocked. I have been told all this time that my packet looked great and that I definitely should have no problem getting in (passed MEPS, interview went well, high GPA). This is the reason they gave me for not being selected: There were over 250 applicants and the ones they chose for the NTP program graduate this December. I graduate in May. If I had known that I never would have had a chance, then I wouldn't have applied. I feel like I wasted all these months for nothing. If they would have told me that they prefer December graduates over May graduates, then I would have been a little more prepared about possibly not being accepted, but to tell you the truth that never crossed my mind and it was never mentioned. I thought they looked at the whole package, not just when someone graduated. My gut feeling also tells me I am not being told the whole reason, but maybe I am reading into it. I don't know.
Why not just resubmit your package in a couple of months? I never went through NTP, but do they only take 250 new nurses a year in the AF?
There is a saying in the AF, "grow where you are planted". There are so many options for you. 1. Get a year of civilian experience. Especially if your ultimate goal is working in a speciality area like ICU ( it would take 2-3+ waiting on the AF to train for ICU). You can do one year at a civilian hospital go through a nursing residency program and then go right into the AF, and into ICU.
2. Roll your package over into the Navy, Army or USPHS. I personally, would take one assignment with USPHS then switch over to the AF, if that is your ultimate goal. You would skip one rank entirely and in two years you would be an O-3 (two years ahead of your AF counterparts), and at the end of your 3-4 yr contract with USPHS you could switch over to the AF as an O-3 with 2yrs time in rank! You would be 2yrs ahead of all those nurse that started in the AF when you wanted to.
3. Just wait and reapply with AF next year with the other canidates.
My AF package was a pain in the butt to get done! Don't give up!!!
The most important thing is that you are going to be an RN soon! You will have tons of opportunities as RN, and the AF is just one of them.
Good Luck! Try to make the most out of potentially bad situation (grow where you are planted).