Prior service LPN here and currently in ROTC. My goal is to hopefully specialize into critical care. I cannot really find any good current information on how difficult it is to specialize. I imagine being stationed at Fort Sam Houston will make it easier to get into the course, since that is where it is taught? As of right now, I am hoping to perform within the top 10% of nurses in ROTC, so I can get my choice of duty station and go to Sam Houston. I’ve read things that say you can specialize after 1 year of floor time and others say 2 years. Can anyone shed some light on how competitive the course is to get into? Also, I read once you make captain the Army starts putting you in leadership positions instead of patient care. Is this the same once you are a specialized nurse, or do you get to stay on the floor longer? I would really appreciate any information! Thanks!