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lucy18

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  1. I am over 40 and am in the process of joining the Airforce Reserves. I had my Chief Nurse interview yesterday, although it went well I am perplexed about something. The Colonel was trying to persuade me not to join due to my age. I am over the age to complete 20 years. He said I would recieve no benefits for my service. I am not recieving a bonus or loan repayment which I understood before starting the process. I have no loans and already have an advanced degree. Here are my questions, to any older commissioned officers: Do I recieve any type of money toward retirement or any medical benefits? Can I get the GI Bill and transfer it to my son?
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    Air Force Reserve Process

    Majority of the posts are active duty in nature. I was wondering if the application process is the same i.e. packet, boards MEPS for reserve candidates? Is the selection process as vigorous for reserve status since it is less of a commitment? Is the availability of positions and the type of medical facility have a bearing on the selection process? Are you able to drill prior to attending COT? If your specialty is unavailable at the facility and you have an advanced degree can they use you administratively? Is the process as long and the board wait as long for reservists? Lastly, is it as competative since there does not appear to be as many applicants? Any other information or experience would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for any responses.
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    Air Force Reserve Process

    Spoke to the recruiter, this was her response GI bill is not available in the reserves. I would require a waiver for flight which she does not think is possible. No partial retirement even for 1 day less of twenty years. No medical coverage, no sign on bonus, nothing. No answer to the perdiem requirement. I have two weeks to decide. I am going to look into active duty. I would believe based on this experience the AF does not need nurses. Of course, I did not start this process to get anything other than offer my experience, however I am unable nor did I expect to incur an additional job and cost because of it. Especially since there is no need for my expertise at McGuire. Thank you, you gave me more information than the recruiter. It is a definite military weakness. They undoubtedly lose many applicants due to their recruiter's minimal knowledge regarding healthcare professions, the hesitance to provide information and the intentional withholding of information.
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    Air Force Reserve Process

    Thank you for the reply. I live in NYC so D.C. is not really driving distance. I think because of my age the flight nurse path is not an option, but I will ask the recruiter. Any idea about active duty? Would I qualify for GI Bill or any type of retirement? I would have to give up my retirement at my current job so I would have to know about that. I appreciate the reply. Thanks again.
  5. Thank you for responding. My recruiter says I don't qualify for the GI Bill since I already have an advanced degree. I planned on transferring it to my son. I knew I wasn't getting anything for signing on, but I was under the impression there was prorated retirement. My main motivation was to care for the soldiers, however the unit I would drill at does not do patient care. It is 2 hours away and I would need to stay in a nearby hotel. I would also have to keep my perdiem job in the Emergency Room which I planned on quitting once I commissioned. Since the unit does not do patient care I must ensure a certain amount of hours in the civilian hospital. My full time job is as an educator now so I must keep per diem status. I am very disappointed. It is becoming a hardship for me to join. I would be taking on a third job and would be accruing more cost between hotel, driving, uniforms and I wouldn't even be able to do any nursing care. There are no other bases that are commuting distance. Any ideas if active duty would offer anything different for an older commission?
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    Air Force Reserve Process

    Well, I went to MEPS on Wednesday and had my interview with the Commander and Cheif Nursing Officer today @ McGuire. It went well and they told me they would love to have me. Here is my dilemma. First, they could not understand why at my age of 46 I would ever want to do this, knowing that I am not recieving anything for my service. I of course am interested in helping those who have served and are coming back from war. Problem is McGuire does no patient care at all. In addition to this, I will have to keep my per diem job in the ED, I have been working full time as a nurse educator for the past two years. Since they don't do patient care you must have ongoing patient care in a civilian hospital. My plan was to quit my per diem job once I commissioned, instead it will be like taking on a third job, besides that I am in school. I am very disappointed, it is not what I had hoped for at all. I am starting to rethink my decision.
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    Horror stories- MEPS

    Thank you. I like to be prepared.
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    Horror stories- MEPS

    Thank you, so its medical paperwork. Anything else? Background information, financial for example.
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    Horror stories- MEPS

    Can you tell me what type of paperwork you completed at MEPS?
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    Commissioning and AF Sign-On Bonus

    Any one if they are offering bonuses for AF reserves?
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    Air Force Reserve Flight Nursing

    Thought I would reply even if I cannot answer your questions. I also am a critical care, ED nurse pursuing the reserves, however as a clinical nurse. What I understand is that you must meet the needs of the facility you will be drilling at. In my case McGuire AFB is the only base within commuting distance. I have a Masters Degree in Education and do teach. My recruiter believes they will be more apt to use me as an educator rather than an ED Nurse since McGuire is an ambulatory care facility. So my advice is find out what base is within commuting distance and find out from your healthcare recruiter what openings they have. Then you can determine if any additional training would assist with the selection process.
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    MEPS over 40 physical

    The recruiters may not be as attuned to the over 40 crowd since they themselves are much younger. I have a binder with all my medical stuff and I plan on bringing it just in case. The tag with over 40 is pretty funny. I was hoping they would never know looking at me, but guess I'll be wearing it as a scarlet letter. I read in another blog that one of the over 40's was mistaken for a recruit's mother, hilarious! Age says so little about you other than how long you lived, not who you are, not what you have done and definitely what you can do. I hope you are judged on you as a person and not the number.
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    MEPS over 40 physical

    I am over 40 and have read on a previous blog there are certain requirements for the physical. My recruiter instructed me to bring a copy of my most recent mammogram and pap smear. I have an EKG from May and she told me it would be repeated at MEPS. She also said I didn't need an ocular pressure exam, they would also do that at MEPS. Does this sound right? Want to know if there is anything I need to bring copies of, I don' want the process to take any longer than it has too and if I can avoid going back I would like to. Any advice is appreciated.
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    Air Force Background check

    My husband who was a Marine had a copy of his SF 86, and it went back seven years. The questions were pretty straight forward with no real surprises. Thanks again.
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    Air Force Background check

    Thank you, this is helpful.
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    MEPS over 40 physical

    Thankyou. Best to be prepared. The process is long enough, don't want any further delays. I have copies of all my things so I will make sure to bring them.
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    MEPS over 40 physical

    If you are over 40 whether normal or not you must have a copy of a recent mammography and papsmear. Also EKG and occular pressure exam as well as a rectal smear which they apparently do at MEPS. THE JOY OF BEING AN OLDER APPLICANT!
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    Question about Boards

    My experience has been speaking only to the recruiter on the phone after trying several weeks to find one in NY. Found out the NY recruiter retired, but never left a voicemail to that effect. After numerous calls I found one in Conneticut. We have never met. She asked for my resume, an essay on my interests for joining. my school transcripts and a letter verifying my scool was NLN accredited. This packet went to the Surgeon General and within 2 weeks I was told to proceed. I was then sent the MEPS paperwork and returned that with additional note from my physician. I was then cleaed to physical and am going to MEPS on 09/29/10. My process has been different than the previous post. I am not sure if it is because I am going in the reserves or does it depend on the recruiter? I have no idea!
  19. Thank you. Once I go to MEPS I will speak with her. I am very early in the process, I have not done my interview, background check or completed documents. I have only sent resume, essay and transcripts to go to SG to be granted permission to go forward. I am now going through MEPS at the end of the month. I appreciate the advice, recruiter is not forthcoming. Seems does not want to invest to much time until I get a little further in process. I am older,have hypothyroidism and a vasal vagal syncope episode. I need to get through MEPS without a doubt.
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    Air Force Reserve Process

    Thank you for the response. I was aware of the commitment and was not making light of it. I am just trying to find out if the application process was just as long for reservists and as competitive. According to my recruiter there are not as many applicants for the reserves as active duty. I was not expecting or wanting an administrative position, however I am an ED nurse and the location within commuting distance (mcGuire AFB) only has a clinic and not an acute care facility. I was really trying to find out if this lessens my chance of being accepted or could they possibly use me administratively since I have a Masters degree in Education and am working on a Masters in Administration. I really am hoping I get accepted and was trying to get insight into my chances and finding out how long I will have to wait to find out if I get in.
  21. You are right! I thought about what you said and I will wait to ask once I get past the board. I do not want any delay or her not to give it her all for me. My recruiter is not very forthcoming with info. I get more information from this site and my husband (a marine) then her. I would have not even known what is required for the over 40 physical if it were not for this site. She returns phone calls promptly, but it is usually a one word answer to a question rather than explanation. From the posts here it seems a recruiter can affect your outcomes. I think I can wait until the boards and then ask. I will remember your words of advice to get it in writing. Thank yoy.
  22. My response was not meant in anyway to be hurtful. You asked for an experience and an answer to your question. I am sorry if giving you the fact of the matter is negative. If the hospital does not hire new grads or civilian nurses and you want a position there; you alternative is to join the military and ensure your spot.
  23. Well if you want it that bad you'll join the military as a nurse and guarentee your position in the Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton. Good Luck
  24. Any airforce reserve sign on bonuses? I feel ashamed to ask my recruiter, this is not a motivating factor for me. I already have a Masters Degree and have no loans, but I would not mind additional money in this economy.
  25. I left Camp Pendleton in 2005 where my husband was stationed as a Marine. I worked in Pendleton a hand full of times as a civilian nurse during the 10 years we were there. First, they did not at the time I was there hire civilian nurses. Nurses were through a contracted agency and mostly in the ED/urgent care. I worked through an agency in Carlsbad. To work through an agency you must have 3 years experience. Secondlly the staff at the Naval Hospital is Navy nurses and corpsman. The majority of direct care is provided by corpsman, but under an RN supervision. In my experience to train as a civilian in a military hospital unless you are in the service is not feasible. Training is for those in the service. Why would they spend money on civilian nurses. there are plenty of military nurses. Your option as a civilian nure is the VA in San Diego. That is much more feasible. Hope this helps.
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