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    Military Nursing Questions Answered

    Yeah, joining the Navy is no easy process. It's also very competitive and time sensitive. Basically, you have to be a strong candidate and the stars have to be aligned in order for you to get in....or at least that's what it seems like to me. But, it's worth it, so keep on trying. Good luck. :)
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    Military Nursing Questions Answered

    You should contact a recruiter to have that question answered. No one here is going to know the dates and quota numbers better than a recruiter....even recruiters have a hard time figuring that out, for some reason. If I had to take a guess, I would say that applying in December is a bit late....FY14 starts in October. Plus, you'll be a new grad with no experience. Most DA's I've heard from have half a year to a few years of experience. You'd be the frist DA I've ever heard of who got in with zero experience. Not saying it isn't possible or it hasn't happened before, I just haven't heard of it. The NCP is where the Navy gets their nurses with zero nursing experience. But, yeah, contact a recruiter. Good luck.
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    Military Nursing Questions Answered

    - I'm not sure what your idea of a "real family" is. You may have to elaborate. Military families move around a lot and have to deal with periods of separation...it's just the way it is. If you make a career out of the military you will absolutely spend time away from your family at some point. - Your first duty station will be inside the US. They don't typically send new nurses overseas for their first assignment...unless you are a prior HM (if you have to ask, you're not one). After your first duty station (typically 2-3 years), you may have the opportunity to get an overseas duty station like Italy, Guam, HI, Japan, etc. - Yes, you can bring your family with you. By family, I mean your spouse and children...not your parents, siblings, cousins, etc (Unless they are considered your "Dependant"). You said you didn't know anything about the military, so I figured I'd make that clear. - The length of assignments vary by where you are stationed. Overseas assignments tend to be shorter, strenuous assignments are shorter, and state-side assignments are a bit long. The average is around 2-3 years. Length of deployments depend on where the deployment is to, your job, and your branch of service (Army tends to be the longest). - Having a baby in the military is a lot like having a baby as a civilian. I don't know the specifics, though, since my wife and I don't have kids. Typically, women work up until it's time to have the baby, and then they'll get about 6 weeks of maternity leave afterwards. You will NOT be deployed if you are pregnant, so don't worry about that. A lot of bases have day cares and stuff, too. My advice is to start asking your recruiter questions now, so that when it comes time to apply you'll be ready for it. You can start putting together your package once you get your acceptance letter for nursing school...should take around 1-2 months to complete. The trick is to start as soon as you have the opportunity to because spots fill up quickly.
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    Military Nursing Questions Answered

    For those of you considering reserves for monetary reasons, let me share with you my experience with the military. You will have to earn every penny of it. You should plan on being deployed...which means that your high paying civilian job will be left (but not lost) for a job that pays less and is more demanding. There is no way Uncle Sam is going to shell out $50,000 in bonuses, and a monthly paycheck, and only expect a few weeks a year of work in return. Negative. My advice is, if you are thinking about signing on the dotted line then you should be prepared for the VERY likely possibility that you will be deployed to some place you'd rather not be. And if you don't get deployed, there is a VERY likely chance you will get activated and sent to a duty station for an extended period of time. AND, if you are specialized in critical care, psych, or something else that is highly desire by the military...you are sooooo going to get deployed. Long story short, if you are worried about being deployed or separated from your family...don't do it...it'll likely happen. I'm sure I'm coming off like a you-know-what but I've meet my share of ****** off reservists on active duty who did not plan on serving when they signed up. Just trying to give you ladies and gents the truth; however, cold it may seem. Also, the Army is probably the worst branch to pick if you DON'T want to get deployed. And they tend to have the longest deployments, too. Pick the AF or the NAVY...still going get deployed, but they're not as demanding. *Disclaimer: as always, for the most accurate military information, please contact your local recruiter*
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    Navy Nurse

    1) You will have to go to ODS. It's about 5 weeks and according to the nurses I've spoken to, it's a piece of cake. 2) When it comes to which department you work in, the Navy will TRY to accommodate your request. They can't give everyone their first choice, so don't be surprised if you end up on med-surg for your first rotation. 3) It's the military. We fight wars. We deploy to warzones. If you have an aversion to being deployed then you should not join the military...it's part of our job description. 4) You will need to wait until you get an acceptance letter into an accredited BSN program. At that point you can contact your recruiter and start putting together your package. You will not be able to just pop into a recruiting station, say "I want to join," sign a piece of paper, and then walk out of the office as Navy Nurse Corps Officer. You have to apply and be selected for a spot in the program. Good luck!
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    Medical Waiver for Navy; PCOS

    CSUnursegirl2b: I had to get a medical waiver when I applied, too. Of course, my waiver was for my knees (ACL repairs from when I was on active duty as an enlisted). I can tell you that IF your doctor entered into your medical record that you have PCOS, then you will most certainly have to go see another doctor or specialist and have them state that you DO NOT have it. I can tell you from first hand experience that dealing with medical waivers is a monumental pain in the @$$. It is very time consuming because you have to go see a doctor to get cleared, and then you have to submit the new findings for approval from the medical review board. You should check your record to see if PCOS has been documented. If so, you should get working to fix that ASAP because it will slow down your application process a lot. If it is not in your record then you shouldn't have anything to worry about. Another thing that will through a wrench in the application process is if you have to take any long term medications or psych meds. I knew a girl once who was taking Adderall and they told her she had to be off the medication for an entire year before she could reapply for the program. Ouch!
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    Navy Nursing: Anyone have experience with the NCP?

    For everyone who is asking about GPA: The minimum requirement is a 3.0 GPA. If you have less than that, it will probably be a waste of time applying...if they even let you apply at all. I would guess that a competitive GPA for this program would be a 3.5 or higher. That's just a guess, though. As always, for the most accurate answers to NCP questions you should consult a recruiter. Good luck!
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    Navy Nursing: Anyone have experience with the NCP?

    Palmharbormom: I also had a 3.9 GPA when I applied (applied with 3.99 after first two years of college plus first semester in BSN program). I got accepted this past July. If you meet all the other requirements you will most likely get picked up too. Good luck. Oh yeah, I was prior military as well (Hospital Corpsman). I'm pretty sure that helps out a lot. Work your prior service into your motivational statement.
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    Talking to recruiter about Navy NCP

    I am a prior service Hospital Corpsman and I've been in the NCP since July. Basically everything Linnaete said is correct. And, yes, the monthly stipend is taxable, as is the bonus. NCP is a pain in the rear to get into, but it is sooo worth it to know that you have a job waiting for you after graduation. The trick to getting picked up for the program is to meet the requirements and get your package (aka a "Kit") submitted to the board ASAP. I can't stress "ASAP" enough. If you have any questions about the application process you should definitely ask your recruiter for a definitive answer; however, I'll be happy to answer any questions based on my personal experience. Good luck! :)
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    Navy NCP 2013

    Another bit of information about the boards: The boards do not wait until all the packages are submitted and then sit down and have one board meeting to pick who gets in and who doesn't. Instead, they have a selection board once or twice a month (usually once a month) where they review the packages that have been submitted so far. If you meet all the criteria and have a decent package, you get accepted. The goal of the board is to fill the seats in the NCP as soon as possible because they have to fly Navy Nurses from across the country to EACH of these board meetings to select the candidates...that costs money. So, it is in your best interest to get your package done early early EARLY. It's first come first serve. Questions?
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    Navy NCP 2013

    I was accepted into the NCP earlier this year and signed my contract around June or July. The best advice I can give you is to contact an officer recruiter as soon as you get your nursing school acceptance letter so that you can begin your package as soon as possible. This program is VERY competitive and you can guarantee people have already started working on, or completed, their packages. The stats I submitted in my NCP package: GPA: 3.98 (Nursing), 3.99 (Overall). Prior work history: 7 years in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman Interview: 2 retired Nurse Corps Captains (O-6) Letters of recommendation: 5-6. Half of these were from military-affiliated people.
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    New Navy NCP Selectee Looking for others!

    Delaney: I'm also living in Jax right now. I've only got two more semesters at UNF before I graduate and head off to ODS. As for why I didn't care for NH Jax (back in 2008-2009) 1) Workplace politics. Lots of it. 2) It was like a black hole that attracted people in the military who wanted to get out or were about to retire. That means a lot of people (but not all) wanted to ride out their time and didn't care about doing their job to the fullest. It made for an unmotivating work environment. 3) The CO was pretty strict. 4) Did I mention workplace politics. Yeah, it was that bad. My wife is currently stationed there and she doesn't even like it, and she hardly ever complains about anything. Of course, there were people that loved it there, so maybe you'll be one of them. It just wasn't my bag of tea. Oh yeah, they did do renovations on the hospital. They added a three story extension to the hospital and some other upgrades. They actually started all of that about a month or two before I left for school.
  13. GuelnRn: This means that all the spots have been filled for FY 2013, which I believe is Oct 2012 through Oct 2013. I also heard that FY 2014 is filling up quickly. If I were you I would still finish and submit your kit, since some of the people who have been accepted will end up declining their spot.
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    New Navy NCP Selectee Looking for others!

    My recruiter said that I have to wait for the paperwork to arrive (which takes from 1-2 months, from what I hear). Once the paperwork gets here I supposedly swear in on an inactive duty status, and then when I graduate (May 2013) I will be sworn in as an active duty Naval Officer. At this point I'm just glad I have a job in the military waiting for me after school.
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    Questions about joining the NCP through the navy..

    I wish you the best of luck with that.
  16. I just got word today that all the seats for FY 2013 have been filled. Source: recruiter.