My 2 cents...late though they may be:
If you join the military, in any branch, I think you should realize that you are to be an officer first and a nurse second. Not everyone agrees, and that's fine. Having been on the line side of the military (enlisted and infantry), there is a lot to be said about how officers should behave. I don't think anyone should paint a picture of any job that is all sunshine and roses...and if that's the only picture you get from your recruiter (military or civilian) then you should be leary.
I have been a nurse in the civilian world in different ICU's, the ED, trauma services and currently to flight and ground critical care transport...there are parts about each and every one of those jobs that suck. Not a little bit, but a lot. But not more than the postitives. I love this job. I love getting people that are knocking on death's door...grim reaper standing in the room...while I work with the MD's and RRT's and everyone else to put the puzzle together to figure out how to stop the disease process and get them back to health. And if that isn't going to happen, then I will be there to translate all the technical mumbo-jumbo for the family, so that they can concentrate on saying good-bye, making peace with their loved one and themselves.
What I do in the AF is fly. I'm a flight nurse and I love that job, too. There are parts that drive me to the edge of insanity because they are inefficient, archaic, or downright ridiculous...I have come to the conclussion that military nursing will eventually be paperless...because they have run out of paper, not because they made it computer based! I make more copies of things that I've done because people lose the last copy I gave them over and over. As far as 1 weekend a month and 2 weeks a year...I haven't seen that yet! I have 2 full time jobs right now! And I wouldn't trade either of them for anything! The patients I carry for Uncle Sam are mostly stable, heading to another hospital or back home for continued inpatient or outpatient care...they are not the sick-sick, critically ill patients that I love taking care of in my civilian job. But every single one of them has EARNED the best care I can give them...they have VOLUNTEERED to serve this amazing country. The first live mission I did we landed at Andrews on our way back from Germany...the men and women I was charged with caring for were Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines coming back from war...some of them were high school students a year ago, with 2 legs and 2 arms. Now they are hardened veterans, with one leg, or none. Being able to tell them "Welcome home" and watching as they teared up was the most satisfying moment in my nursing career.
I love this job. There is BS in every job I have ever had...from lifeguarding to Little Caesar's to the Marine Corps to civilian nursing. It doesn't stop in the AF Reserves (or active duty)...but it's worth it to me. Is it worth it to everyone? Of course not! There are at least 2 nurses I work with on a regular basis that are on the fence or pursuing other options now...ready to resign their commissions or at least go into inactive status.
To be an officer in the US military is not easy. It is not a right. It isn't even available to most people, even with a degree. It is an honor, a decision that can't be taken lightly. There is more responsibility here, on duty and off, than there is as a civilian nurse. Upon swearing in you outrank the majority of the military...the vast majority. You should be an example every time you leave your house. The right uniform, worn the right way, properly adorned and cared for. Your creases should be perfect, your hair should never be out of regulation, and you should never need an excuse as to why it's not. No junior personnel should ever get in trouble and point to you as the example of why the did or didn't do something.
Sometimes it's lonely at the top. Even if your at the low end of that top. It's not for everyone...but if you can love it...it's amazing!