Officer Training was difficult, but not nearly as difficult as basic is for enlisted. It's 5 weeks total, and you go through phases. Each time you phase up, you get more privileges as a group. The first two weeks were the toughest, that's when most of the yelling, calling out mistakes, criticizing, and pushing is (not physical of course). That's also when a few people may give up and leave. Keep your morale high, in your flight as well as with everyone else. Five weeks is nothing when you look back at it. Your days will be long, up at 0430 and in bed at 2300 every day except Sundays and some Saturdays. Just play their game with the extra duties and you'll be fine. Remember it is a training and learning opportunity. You really will learn a lot if you keep a good attitude.
NTP was a lot of fun for me, I was at Tampa and FL is my home anyways. You will work a good 3 days on the unit plus one day a week for seminar, which can be lecture days, briefings, working on your EBP, skills, etc. You have group PT on your seminar day but otherwise PT is on you to keep track of (you'll even put it in a document so they know you're doing it lol). Depending on where your NTP is you may have an EBP to do in groups of 5 or so. We worked on it for the final month then presented to the hospital. You'll also have various assignments outside of the hospital like the PT chart, skills tracker documents, paperwork from your impact clinical days (day in ER, day in ICU, etc). Otherwise there's free time to explore and connect with whoever happens to be off the same day.
Yes I found most people got their first or second choices of where to go. Depends on what the AF needs really, but there are definitely a couple bases that ALWAYS need nurses so you'll generally get them. For example, my number one was SAMMC and here I am working at SAMMC! Other popular ones that get lots of nurses are Keesler, Eglin, Nellis, Travis, and Elmendorf in Alaska. But if you put down Alaska, make sure you mean if cause they will send you there!
Doing more than just the job will depend where you're stationed. Basically think like a hierarchy. You have 20 nurses, all medsurg, similar experience, all do their job like you expect. But in the military you should do more than just bare minimum. One of our core values is excellence in all we do. How can we be excellent if we only do bare minimum? So doing more means volunteering to help out. We may be nurses, but we also run a lot of the behind the scenes stuff like quality improvement, safety regulations, testing EBP, organizing parties or fundraisers, etc. The list goes on, there will be plenty opportunity to get involved. Basically just be ready to do more than just work 12 hours and say "I'm done" because that's not how you get noticed as an outstanding officer. And be very careful turning down any offers to volunteer or take more responsibility. I'm not saying you have to volunteer for everything, so dont lol BUT, if you ASK to help/volunteer/be a part of something, then turn the offer down, they will remember that next time an opportunity comes up.