I can answers some of your questions. I am not in USAGPAN currently but am looking to start in 2018 and have been on active duty as an officer for 7 years.
What is the typical sequence of events after acceptance into USAGPAN during the July/August/Sept Board Selection process? Particularly the sequence and timeline of actual Commissioning and signing of contract and the timeline/flexibility of BOLC attendance.
I can't answer this as I entered into active duty as a new Med/Surge Nurse and am not familiar with this process. You will need to start and finish BOLC prior to starting USAGPAN though.
If I come to San Antonio and have to leave my wife in my hometown because she is in the middle of nursing program, will I still receive "With Dependent" pay? Is it possible to claim "Family Separation" pay during this time or is that typically just Deployment type pay or short-term PCS type pay?
You would receive dependent pay with BAH based out of Fort Sam Houston. During Phase II you would receive BAH at the dependent rate for the location of your phase II site. You can not claim Family separation as the military provided you with the opportunity to move your family and you declined. Family separation is only available when the government does not allow you to bring your family with your. ( Short assignments, certain oversees assignments, or deployments)
Upon arrival for USAGPAN & BOLC will I have to live on base or do I have the choice of living off base and receiving BAH?
You would live off base recieving BAH. You would find a place to live prior to starting BOLC.
I am assuming that I will be scheduled for BOLC from March-April-May so that I can immediately start as an SRNA in June/July. Is that a safe assumption?
From friends that are in the course, you would attend the BOLC class I believe Feb/Mar time period to start the course in May
I am looking at small rentals on the SouthEast side of Fort Sam, so that I could potentially ride my bike to SAMMC/BAMC or at least I would have a very short drive to lecture/work/clinical. Is this area of town a desirable location? My standards aren't high.
I have spent 4 years in San Antonio and am fairly familiar with the area. Locations right around around Fort Sam Houston are questionably safe and I would feel very uncomfortable riding my bike to Fort Sam, especially in the morning when it will likely still be dark. Alamo Heights is within biking distance to Fort Sam, but it is very expensive and you would be likely utilizing your entire BAH and possible more to live there. Your best bet would be to venture a little farther out from Fort Sam, but biking would be difficult.
What is the typical spiel about re-enlistment after your Service Obligation is over? Is it pretty common to see bonus offers or other type of incentives? If it isn't out of line to ask, what would the average incentive range be?
It may have gone up but I believe the current retention bonus for CRNA's once their initial service obligation is over is $50,000/yr for a 4 year commitment, $35,000/yr for 3 year commitment, $25,000/yr for 2 year commitment, and $20,000 for a one year commitment.
These are all incentives that are currently avaialbe and there is no guarantee that these will still be available when you are eligible to re-enlist or that they will be the same amounts.
I saw something that said First time Officers could potentially be given a one-time $600 Uniform allowance? Is this a common occurrence?
You will receive a one time uniform allowance as on officer when you enter active duty. I can't remember how much I received but $600 sounds about right. Unfortunately this is no where enough to cover all uniform expenses, especially when you have to buy your Dress uniform.
I've also heard that if you are having trouble selling your home during your transition into the military or maybe even during a PCS, the government has resources to help you sell the home or even pay closing costs. Is this familiar to anyone?
They government does have programs to help service members sell their houses and provide aid in this department, but I am not familiar with these programs.
I hope this answers some questions. I am sure some that are more familiar with the process of entering into active duty for USAGPAN can clarify some of your questions. Good luck.