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Nursing in the United States Reserves

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I've been contemplating going back into the military and I see on goarmy.com that the Army accepts associate degree RN's and commissions them for 66c. However, I've tried contacting an AMEDD recruiter twice now and can't get past the secretary because he says "The website is wrong, you must have a bachelors degree." I fully intend on getting my bachelors degree, but it'd be nice to be able to commission now. Is the secretary clueless or is goarmy.com wrong?

Any reservists out there? What's your experience been like? Is it possible to do all of your reserve time for the year in one clump, so that I could travel nurse the other 10 or so months out of the year?

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU. Has 27 years experience.

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Pixie.RN, MSN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 13 years experience.

I've been contemplating going back into the military and I see on goarmy.com that the Army accepts associate degree RN's and commissions them for 66c. However, I've tried contacting an AMEDD recruiter twice now and can't get past the secretary because he says "The website is wrong, you must have a bachelors degree." I fully intend on getting my bachelors degree, but it'd be nice to be able to commission now. Is the secretary clueless or is goarmy.com wrong?

Any reservists out there? What's your experience been like? Is it possible to do all of your reserve time for the year in one clump, so that I could travel nurse the other 10 or so months out of the year?

Interesting, I found the link ... Psychiatric/Behavioral Health Nurse Jobs (66C) | goarmy.com — it does say ASN is appropriate. I would provide that "secretary" with the link. I believe there is a shortage of 66Cs, because none of the other specialties will allow anything less than a BSN. But you wouldn't promote without a BSN — not sure if they'd hold you at 2LT or 1LT. A friend of my did National Guard and they wouldn't promote him to CPT until he had his BSN.

I don't believe you can do all your reserve time at once, never heard of that. You'd be assigned to a unit and probably be expected to drill with them on a regular basis.

Thanks pixie, just sent them an email. I'll let you know what they say.

Pixie.RN, MSN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 13 years experience.

Thanks pixie, just sent them an email. I'll let you know what they say.

Awesome! Good luck!!

"Unfortunately, due to an operational change, the Army has suspended accepting ASN's at this time. The Surgeon General requires that all nurses hold a BSN prior to applying." Welp, the website was wrong.

Pixie.RN, MSN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 13 years experience.

"Unfortunately, due to an operational change, the Army has suspended accepting ASN's at this time. The Surgeon General requires that all nurses hold a BSN prior to applying." Welp, the website was wrong.

Well, dangit. Sorry, I am sure that was a letdown. Have you considered getting your BSN?

Yes. I'm working on it now, but it's still about a year away.