I've seen USPHS mentioned in several posts and have checked out their website. It sounds like it could be a good opportunity.
Do any of you have any information on USPHS?
Do any of you have personal experience with USPHS? If so, would you please let me know what your experience has been? Would you recommend it to others? Why or why not?
Do you know if someone can transfer from USPHS to the Army, Navy or Air Force? If so, is it a difficult process? What would your rank be if you can transfer?
How would you decide if USPHS is a better fit for you than the Army, Navy or Air Force?
I have lots of questions about it but this will do to start. I'm supposed to be hearing from someone from USPHS within the next couple days. I'm curious to hear what your expeirences have been though.
Dec 20, '07
Quote from nuberianne
What are the promotions based on? Are they promoted faster than military nurses?
Try this link first for an overview: http://dcp.psc.gov/prom_faq.asp#eligible
It is complicated like everything else in the military, but here is the book that trys to explain everything. http://dcp.psc.gov/eccis/documents/CCPM23_3_4.pdf
The chart is on page 18, but you have to read through most of the other stuff to decipher it.
USPHS complicates it even more by using temporary rank and permanent rank. While on AD you will have a temporary rank that will usually be higher than your permanent rank, which the only time it matters is when you preparing for retirement. Your temporary rank is what is used for pay and benefits while on AD.
Here is a comparison: (using new nurses fresh out of school)
Start out as an O-1; promote automatically up to O-3 ( will take 4 yrs AD); O-4 is taking another 9-12 years before you actually pin on O-4 and the since it is competive board the promition rate is running about 65% according to the last briefing I had. O-5 is generally another 5+ years with a promotion rate in 40th percent. O-6 another 5+ years and the promotion rates, I believe, are currently around 25% of those that go in front of the board.
Start out as an O-2; promote automatically to O-3 and O-4 (so 100% of the nurses will promote to O-4 and on time), 8 years total time to make O-4; 5 more years to for O-5; and 5 more years to make O-6. I only personally know a few UPHS officers, but I haven't heard of any of them not getting promoted when their package goes in front of the board.
AF: (total time)................ USPHS: (total time)
O-2: 2yrs ..........................O-2: start
O-3: 4yrs...........................O-3: 4yrs
O-4: 13-15+yrs..................O-4: 8yrs
O-5: 18-20yrs....................O-5: 13yrs
I hope this explains some of it.
Last edit by wtbcrna on Dec 20, '07