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    FY 2018 Air Force NTP

    You can go to the Oct COT date even if NTP. I did back in 2015 and was medsurg NTP
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    Air Force NTP Applicant FY17

    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.
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    Nursing student wanting to join military.

    Jfratian is correct, the AF and Navy take a very small number of new graduate nurses without experience each year. By very small, think 35 medsurg and 5 OB for the AF. ROTC is always an option, no guarentee you are selected at the end but gives you a shot while working on the degree you need anyways. Otherwise you'll need a year experience to apply for AF, 2 for Army, not sure about Navy.
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    Nursing student wanting to join military.

    You could also look into ROTC and the Air Force. AF takes new grad nurses through the NTP program, I just finished it in January. It's competitive, everything is right now. But you could look into it as an option, doesn't hurt to see options. Talk to healthcare recruiters. But realize if you wanted to enlist first it will take a long time to be a nurse, and they don't always let you do college while serving
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    Air Force NTP Applicant FY17

    I commissioned and started COT in October, then started NTP in November. Originally I wasn't going to commission until January, but I specifically requested to go sooner if possible and they found an opening!! At NTP there were 14 of us total, and only 6 of us went through COT. The others went through ROTC which is a different path. I didn't notice many norms per sey but everyone was hard working and dedicated. GPA is very important, but so was leadership opportunities and your extracurriculars. Make sure you're involved with more then just school. As an Officer you do a lot more than just bare minimum, or at least the good ones do. They already expect you to be good at your job, but to be promoted or gain higher responsibilities you have to go above and beyond. SAMMC is nice so far, I haven't started on my unit yet, just finishing up in-processing this coming week. They really want you to start working ASAP, and so far everyone's been helpful and understanding. Feel free to ask me any other questions!
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    Air Force NTP Applicant FY17

    I think somewhere a month ago someone asked about GPAs for people who were accepted? I had a 3.74 GPA. When I applied the minimum required GPA was 3.4 I think. If anyone has other questions about the application or how to improve chances, let me know. I commissioned in Oct, just finished up NTP and now I'm at SAMMC
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    AF COT/NTP Questions/Answers

    Yes they'll cover the flight if you fly. I drove my own vehicle, so I was able to pack more items and on weekends when you do have base privileges, you can use your own car to drive around
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    Air Force NTP Applicant FY17

    Oh, and my first duty station is SAMMC on Fort Sam Houston, in San Antonio TX
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    Air Force NTP Applicant FY17

    I'm already in COT, I arrived Oct 5th and graduate Nov 6. My NTP is in Tampa, FL at MacDill so I'll be there in a few weeks. There's lots of great forums on here about how to apply and be competitive. Biggest points are high GPA, strong CV with extracurriculars/missions/community service/leadership positions, 5 LORs from different types of sources to brag on your qualities, and strong questionnaire answers that show why you fit in the AF. You have to give them the whole picture of who you are and why they should pick you.
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    AF COT/NTP Questions/Answers

    I wish I'd brought food items like granola bars, energy gummies, and beef jerky. You don't get phased up for the first two weeks, so you aren't allowed to just go buy food whenever. I just bought candy for Halloween last weekend, after week three ended. You are allowed to bring food and put it in your plastic tuberware, you just cant always buy food once you're here. I'm so glad I brought my cloth scissors, because you'll need those nice small sharp scissors for strings, along with small lighters. I'm glad I brought about 100 bobby pins, because I've lost dozens and generally carry 5 with me everywhere for emergency hair disasters. Also, BRING A PRINTER AND LAPTOP. That is crucial. They technically can't force you to bring them, but it makes life so much easier having your own laptop and printer. The people with no laptop took a good 10 days to get their laptop. There is wifi in the rooms and classrooms and I feel it's decent, so I'm glad I didn't waste money on a hot spot. Buy as many of the uniforms ahead of time as possible, just make sure they're correct. Bring a blanket so you can just sleep on top of your bed (saves time in the mornings, you don't get much time to get ready). Get rank sewn on for your ABUs, again saves the struggle of having to pin it on exactly correct. How was training? Well, it was difficult but doable. The first two weeks are the worst, that's when a lot of people are wondering "why am I here, what did I get myself into?" But it gets immensely better after week two, so stick it out. Lots of yelling in your face, screaming, corrections that make you feel inferior, stupid rules that you don't see as important. But you pick it up fast. The better you pick up the rules and structure, the less you get yelled at. I've really enjoyed the more active lessons, where we do leadership obstacle courses and land navigation and such. You will be awake at 0430 every morning, lights out 2300 every evening and you will not be going to bed sooner till the last week or so of COT. Even though the instructors leave after dinner, you will have extra assignments, duties to finish, meetings to attend, people to collaborate with, not to mention take a real shower (not just 3 minutes after PT), maybe laundry, and your room to clean up and standardize (as in every item has a specific place and position). Overall, it is not easy peasy the way it used to be just one year ago. They've changed it to be closer to BOT, which is an officer training for enlisted but it's longer and tougher. Basically BOT don't have their commission yet. We do. But they want it as similar as possible. So no house keeping/maids, no room service, no free time to play golf or see a movie, lots of work, lots of stress, lots of expectation. It's 100% worth it, and I'd do it all over again!
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    Air Force NTP Applicant FY17

    Those numbers sound about right, maybe on the low side but they changed the standards so less people were able to apply. I applied first in summer 2014, when there were over 300 applicants but only 35 medsurg spots and 5 OB spots. Then I applied in 2015 and was accepted for medsurg.
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    AF COT/NTP Questions/Answers

    Hey guys, been a bit since I was on here. I'm about done with COT, then off to NTP at Tampa, FL. I'll be stationed at SAMMC afterwards. I thought I'd start a new thread for people to ask questions specifically about COT/NTP because in the last year things have been changing in COT. They have been trying to make it as similar to BOT as possible, which means it's a bit harder and stricter. Definitely no maids for our rooms, no civilian clothes basically ever, and of course lots of yelling and demerits. So fire away, I'll do my best to answer questions, along with the others who know what COT is like right now!!
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    AF Nurse Corp

    From first day I talked with a recruiter till this Sunday (my leave day) the process took 1 year 10 months. I applied twice for the NTP program, for new nurses without experience. If I were accepted last year it would have been about one year total between first day and training. This is a long process, but it's not too bad. Lots of paperwork (no surprise), some letters of recommendation, an interview, CV, questionnaire, physical, background check, that's mostly it. A lot of waiting around. If you want to get a year experience in an area of nursing you prefer, you can then apply to be a nurse in a specific area. New nurses coming in through NTP only go to medsurg or OB, thats it. With experience you can apply to any of them, OR, ER, ICU, etc. However, it is very competitive, not a lot of spots open, and there are no guarantees for a year from now. Look around this forum, there are loads of great posts about military nursing and the application process! Good luck
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    Any Air Force new grad applicants FY2016?

    Sweet, I'm joining then. My name is Suzanna
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    Any Air Force new grad applicants FY2016?

    JoJo, would that page be for any NTPers or just your specific COT class? As in, I'm COT class 16-01, but I haven't found anyone going to this one yet
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    New Grad Interested in Becoming an Officer

    The Air Force and Navy take new graduate nurses with little experience, however the Air Force only meets once a year to take new nurses without experience, and they just met in July and picked their selects. This is a long process, the next new grad board will meet summer 2016 so you will definitely want to find a job. However by that time you may qualify to apply for FQ, which is for nurses with more than 6 months experience. The Air Force meets twice a year to take those qualified nurses, so you'd probably end up applying for that either in March or this time next year, depending on when you find a job and how much experience you get. Meet with a healthcare recruiter now, they'll give you more direction on which board to prepare for. I can't give insight on the Navy, I'm going in as a new grad in the Air Force. Good luck to you!