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    USAGPAN 2017

    Hello all, I hope everyone is having a great Sept 2016 so far and I just want to say how grateful I am to have this site, among others, to turn to for guidance and clarity regarding Nursing and Military Nursing in all of it's glory I am really posting though to ask a few questions about USAGPAN. 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. 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? 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? 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? 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. 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? I saw something that said First time Officers could potentially be given a one-time $600 Uniform allowance? Is this a common occurrence? 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? Thanks for any advice, comments, or opinions. Custer
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    USAGPAN 2017

    Yep, I understand that. A close friend of mine who was going to apply with me has had a change of plans as well. I just can't wait to get the verdict in the next couple of weeks.
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    USAGPAN 2017

    Progressive, whaaaaat? That's bogus man, hate to hear it.
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    USAGPAN 2017

    Progressive, I tried to PM you but Allnurses wouldn't let me because I do not post on the site enough I guess. Anyways, just got back from Phase II Interview a few days ago. Everything went well. Actually just paid for and submitted my NEU app. I guess I just wait for the board in July now and hope to receive an acceptance letter in August/Sept. How's the process going for you all? Custer
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    USAGPAN 2017

    Are you all planning on applying to the USUHS Program as well? Their app is a little more involved and their program is supposedly a "little more competitive" to get into. I will probably put an app in there as well lol for some reason I find myself exhausted after completely just the entry requirements. But anyways, still marching forward. Finally found out I got a 4.5 on the writing portion of GRE, enough to get in at least. How close are you all to scheduling your Phase 2 Interviews?
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    USAGPAN 2017

    5.0 on the writing haha, very nice man. Yea I am not too stressed about it overall, I believe I can his the 300 mark, not sure about getting a 5.0 on writing though lol I can ramble sometimes. I've done a few practice writings and they give you a rubric type scale to judge your writing with but it is hard to be unbiased when grading my own writing haha, so anyways, I think I am about to schedule my GRE for March 16th and get it over with so I can just focus on the app process. And yeah, hopefully the recruiters will foot the bill for traveling to the interviews, I'm pretty sure that I read somewhere that they do cover all the expenses or at least a large portion for the interview process but I am also in Memphis (which is a Phase 2 location) so maybe I can just interview with someone locally. Yea everything appears to be on course right now for June application. Have you looked into shadowing a CRNA locally? I think that may be one requirement for admission or something. Anyways thanks for all of the input.
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    Transfer from Reserve to AD

    lol Pixie that is a great question. I meet all of the minimum qualifications (BSN, CCRN, >1yr CC Experience, Biochem prereq, 3.0+GPA, etc). I will be taking GRE this March 16th with plans to at least meet the threshold requirement (>297 composite score) and plans to take additional GRE as needed. The word on the street where I am is that it might be currently less competitive to get into USAGPAN and that they are actively recruiting, but regardless of that I plan on maximizing my GRE score and blowing the interview out of the water. I am determined and have been moving in this direction for 4 years and I am finally here knocking of destiny's door. I feel like a strong candidate and I feel that my CV supports that. . I plan on applying with this first wave of applicants in June 2016 in hopes to get an acceptance letter by August 2016 and to begin class June '17. I'm completely foregoing the Reserve stuff right now since I am SO close to the app deadline for USAGPAN AD. Thanks everyone for your input.
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    USAGPAN 2017

    Good job man! I just took my second practice test today and got a 151 and 153 or something near that. I kind of want to get a little closer to 160s to be competitive, but I'm not gonna stress too much about it. I figure if I meet the requirements then I'll just cross my fingers for my interviews to get me in. Anyways, all of this is slowly becoming a reality. Good luck with CCRN
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    Transfer from Reserve to AD

    I have been planning on going into the Army's RN Anesthesia Program (USAGPAN) in 2017 (if accepted) and I have placed myself in a crossroads of sorts. I currently have my App in for the Army Reserves (selection board Feb 9th) and they may be offering a sign on bonus that, according to my recruiter, could lock me into the Reserves for 3 yrs. It is a substantial bonus and I would love to take it. My concern is: I have the full intention and desire to go into Active Duty Anesthesia program (USAGPAN) in June 2017 ( I am considering turning down the bonus so that I won't be stuck in Reserve and I will be able to streamline into my program 06/17. My overall question is this: Does anyone have experience with/ever heard of anyone accepting a Reserve Sign On Bonus and transferring into Active Duty before the Reserve Bonus Military Service Obligation (3 yrs) is completed? Can I keep the bonus and just transfer into Active Duty? Can I take the bonus, maybe stay in reserve for 3 yrs, but potentially change my mind 1/2way through and give the money back? What are my options? At this point, I am going to just disregard the bonus and shoot for CRNA school next year. Thanks for you info. JC
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    USAGPAN 2017

    I am applying for USAGPAN 2017 as well, just passed my CCRN last week and plan on taking GRE by March so that I can retake in May if I want a more competitive score. I've been moving this direction since 2012 (EMT-P-->ADN--->BSN-->CCRN) and I am psyched that I am finally knocking on USAGPAN's door. I want to have my app in for the June deadline but technically the cutoff isn't until November.
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    Excelsior Memphis Area students!

    I am in Memphis as well, I will be taking my CPNE this September in Syracuse, NY.
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