Older Nurses in the USAF

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Does anyone know if the Air Force has a program similar to the Army's for older nurses either Active Duty or Reserves? Thanks.

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wtbcrna, MSN, DNP, CRNA

5,125 Posts

Specializes in Anesthesia.
Does anyone know if the Air Force has a program similar to the Army's for older nurses either Active Duty or Reserves? Thanks.

Yes, I have seen nurses older than 42 admitted to the AF, but you run the risk of not being eligible for retirement d/t needing to have 20yrs in by the time you are 62.

Tucwebb

49 Posts

Do you know if they were AD or Reserve? I am a GS nurse right now so already have some time toward retirement already. Thanks.

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wtbcrna, MSN, DNP, CRNA

5,125 Posts

Specializes in Anesthesia.
Do you know if they were AD or Reserve? I am a GS nurse right now so already have some time toward retirement already. Thanks.

Both.

I am pretty sure that GS time does not count towards military retirement. Military time can count towards federal government, but not the other way around.

http://community.federalsoup.com/4/OpenTopic?a=tpc&s=4944011921&f=6984011031&m=9021044841

Tucwebb

49 Posts

Thanks WBTCRNA. I guess it doesn't really matter because I am looking at 42-60 program (Reserves), and I will keep working my GS job (which is at an air force base). I will never have the chance to retire from the military due to my age.

Jams95

86 Posts

Specializes in Critical Care.

I thought the Healthcare Professions did not HAVE to retire at the age of 60?? I thougth it was at least 62......

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wtbcrna, MSN, DNP, CRNA

5,125 Posts

Specializes in Anesthesia.
I thought the Healthcare Professions did not HAVE to retire at the age of 60?? I thougth it was at least 62......

Mandatory retirement is 62 for everyone depending on progression etc., but if you enter after the age of 62 you are usually required to sign a waiver stating that you are not eligible for retirement. Occassionally the military will waive the 62y/o rule, but it depends on manning at that the time and the needs of the service.

Specializes in critical care: trauma/oncology/burns.

Oops, Sorry wtbcrna, after I posted I saw that you had answered! So much for "cyber-situational awareness" GULP!

BUT....But, as with many things, you can ask for an age waiver especially within the Army Nurse Corps [and especially if you are one of those "critically needed MOS'"] to stay in up to and including the age of 68 (and, as always, this hinges on "the needs of the Army" and if you are physically and mentally capable of staying in)

Got this from BG Pollack (AN) in 2008...

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wtbcrna, MSN, DNP, CRNA

5,125 Posts

Specializes in Anesthesia.
BUT....But, as with many things, you can ask for an age waiver especially within the Army Nurse Corps [and especially if you are one of those "critically needed MOS'"] to stay in up to and including the age of 68 (and, as always, this hinges on "the needs of the Army" and if you are physically and mentally capable of staying in)

Got this from BG Pollack (AN) in 2008...

Like all things in the military...it changes from one commander to the next. The Navy decided they had too many age waivers recently and basically went through and got rid of the vast majority of them, and it didn't matter the person's speciality or how critically manned they were in that field.

Just know that options change all the time. Something that isn't available now maybe open later or vice versa.

Both.

I am pretty sure that GS time does not count towards military retirement. Military time can count towards federal government, but not the other way around.

http://community.federalsoup.com/4/OpenTopic?a=tpc&s=4944011921&f=6984011031&m=9021044841

As far as I know, it doesn't - I have GS and military time, and when I got picked up for the USAF Nurse Corps, only my military time counted.

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