I have applied for the US Air Force nurse transition program/ new grad residency program of this year.
My recruiter told me that the selection board will be meeting either next week, or the week after next week.
He told me that the monthly food stipend is around $264 and the housing/rent allowance varies, depending on which base I will be stationed at. He told me those two are "tax-free" allowances.
However, my recruiter was not too clear on my paycheck. This would be the base pay. I have looked at the officer base pay chart for 2nd lieutenants (since I will be a new-comer with no prior military experience, and no prior acute care nursing experience), and their base pay is around $2974.00? Per month?
My question is, is this base pay also going to be taxed? Because if so, and if the air force resident nurses get paid bi-weekly, that means we only get $1200-$1300 per pay check after federal and local state taxes?
My other question is for those of you who are already or who have finished the Air Force nurse transition program and residency.
What are the chances you will get either your first or second choice air force base hospital?
I have listed Travis AFB as my #1 choice, because I have relatives living in the Bay Area. Perfect for me....that's if I get that base. Plus I plan on starting a family and living in the Bay Area.
San Antonio is my second choice, although I prefer to be on the West Coast area.
I forgot to add another question.
If I do get admitted to the US Air Force NTP/residency program, there are various contracts we can sign for.
I plan to sign for the three-year commitment contract.
The three-year contract only gives up to $80,000 student loan repayment, but no bonuses.
However, in my case, I have already paid off my student loan.
So my question is, can I get that $80,000 as a form of sign-on bonus, since the Air Force does not have to pay for any student loans?
My recruiter is currently on vacation and won't be back in town for quite a while.