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Specializes in Medical/Surgical, L&D, Postpartum. Has 8 years experience.

hi everyone...i hope this doesnt seem like a dumb question but...i was thinking about joining the military after nursing school...like the navy or air force...but my question is...if i do what are my chances that they are going to send me to war (iraq)???...because even if there is a little chance that they will...i do not want to join!...thanks for the feedback...again sorry if this question sounds dumb!

hi everyone...i hope this doesnt seem like a dumb question but...i was thinking about joining the military after nursing school...like the navy or air force...but my question is...if i do what are my chances that they are going to send me to war (iraq)???...because even if there is a little chance that they will...i do not want to join!...thanks for the feedback...again sorry if this question sounds dumb!

If you have reservations, then do not join.

hi everyone...i hope this doesnt seem like a dumb question but...i was thinking about joining the military after nursing school...like the navy or air force...but my question is...if i do what are my chances that they are going to send me to war (iraq)???...because even if there is a little chance that they will...i do not want to join!...thanks for the feedback...again sorry if this question sounds dumb!

So you want all of the benefits of being in the military but you don't want any of the consequences? Our men and women in uniform need better than that! And, yes your question is not only dumb but insulting to those willing to make the greatest sacrifice.

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU. Has 27 years experience.

Erika - I'll give you the benefit of the doubt - but you might want to re-think your question...I'm a Navy vet, proud of it, but this post does come off sounding disrespectful.

Fiona59

Has 18 years experience.

Sorry, if I sound rude BUT, what do you think military nurses are for?

You appear to be incredibly naive. Yet, you made it through university?

My spouse has served 15 years now and respects his medical unit staff. They've served the populations of Bosnia, Kosova, and Cyprus, and yes, they work on people who have been injured serving their country. That's what they sign on to do.

Speaking as a veteran of OIF-1, if you do not have a PASSION for taking care of the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines that defend your freedom, military nursing is NOT for you.

You cannot expect to get the benefits of military service (school money, pay, whatever) without making the sacrifices.

3KittiesRN

Specializes in Medical/Surgical, L&D, Postpartum. Has 8 years experience.

Excuse me but my question was not intended to come out disrespectful or insulting in anyway...i was just asking because i do not want to go to a war i dont believe in...however i have many family members that have served our country and have fought in wars...i dont disrespect anyone by my question and if you got offended it wasnt my intention and you need to calm down!

RNPATL, MSN, RN

Specializes in Nursing Education and Critical Care..

Folks .... lets be respectful of each other and stop with the personal remarks.

A career in the military means that you are willing to go to war if it is ordered. I would venture to say that most people DO NOT want to go to war, but it is the sacrifice that we make when we enter the military. To the OP .... if you are not willing to go to war or serve as ordered to serve, then perhaps a military career is not for you.

3KittiesRN

Specializes in Medical/Surgical, L&D, Postpartum. Has 8 years experience.

Folks .... lets be respectful of each other and stop with the personal remarks.

A career in the military means that you are willing to go to war if it is ordered. I would venture to say that most people DO NOT want to go to war, but it is the sacrifice that we make when we enter the military. To the OP .... if you are not willing to go to war or serve as ordered to serve, then perhaps a military career is not for you.

thanks at least someane answered my question.

Fiona59

Has 18 years experience.

You should have asked ur question to a recruiting officer. Would have liked to heard their answer.

Everyone who responded on this post answered your question. The fact is the military is clearly better served without your presence, Maybe this will change with some growing up on you part. I wish you the best in your future endeavors. If service is your intent, have you considered Indian health or the public health service?

To answer your question... Yes, most new RN's in the army are deploying within their first 24 months service.

Too bad you were attacked so, for mis-speaking. It's a touchy subject for those involved.

matt

I joined the Army a bit late in life, age 44, and with an employment history of 15 years in obstetrics. I was deployed at the beginning of the war and although it was not easy and I certainly was out of my element, it was an experience that I would not trade for a million bucks. It has been an honor and a privilege for me to take care of our wounded soldiers. Although I don't exactly want to go back, I would never dread it again. I know how that challenging experienced stretched me as a nurse and filled my soul with patriotism for the men and women of this country.

Under the current circumstances, if you join the military as a nurse I would be shocked if you did not get deployed. You may want to investigate the Public Health Service.

CPT Ison

Darth Nightingale

Specializes in I got hurt and went to the ER once.

I joined the Army a bit late in life, age 44, and with an employment history of 15 years in obstetrics. I was deployed at the beginning of the war and although it was not easy and I certainly was out of my element, it was an experience that I would not trade for a million bucks. It has been an honor and a privilege for me to take care of our wounded soldiers. Although I don't exactly want to go back, I would never dread it again. I know how that challenging experienced stretched me as a nurse and filled my soul with patriotism for the men and women of this country.

Under the current circumstances, if you join the military as a nurse I would be shocked if you did not get deployed. You may want to investigate the Public Health Service.

CPT Ison

Ok it's been over two years since this post. What about reserves? How likely are they to be called up. I have a family and kids (12 and 13). When I (and they) get older I intend to go full time Army or Navy for a while and will happily go where ever I'm assigned. For the next few years I just want to do my one week end a month two week ends a year.

How often are nurses in the Reserves called up?

Balder_LPN, LPN

Specializes in Urgent Care. Has 1 years experience.

Ok it's been over two years since this post. What about reserves? How likely are they to be called up. I have a family and kids (12 and 13). When I (and they) get older I intend to go full time Army or Navy for a while and will happily go where ever I'm assigned. For the next few years I just want to do my one week end a month two week ends a year.

How often are nurses in the Reserves called up?

OK, back to what they said before....

if you aint ready to go then dont sign up, reservist or active, same difference.

I don't think it's a stupid ? at all. Anybody who doesn't ask that question is the naive one. I've served in the military and going back in, quess what I asked that question to. It should be noted by those going in that the chance of going to Iraq is very good. I don't think its a stupid ?... do I want to die... do I want to be in a big sand pit... do I want to kiss my family, daughter, sister, brother goodbye, and never see them again. Personaly I don't want to go to war with someone who hasn't asked themselves this questioin! To those who want to respond with a nasty comment don't bother, I really don't care.

Perfectly legitimate question. Joining the military is a big decision, particularly now facing the high OPTEMPO. In my opinion/observation, the reservists are deploying (be it overseas or stateside service, either way away from home is away from home!) as frequently, if not more so than the active component.

I hope you find this forum a safe place to ask the difficult questions.

Nurse Ratched, RN

Specializes in Geriatrics/Oncology/Psych/College Health.

Ok it's been over two years since this post. What about reserves? How likely are they to be called up. I have a family and kids (12 and 13). When I (and they) get older I intend to go full time Army or Navy for a while and will happily go where ever I'm assigned. For the next few years I just want to do my one week end a month two week ends a year.

How often are nurses in the Reserves called up?

Since we currently have active conflict going on and you have a needed skill of patching people up, I suspect your chances of ebing called up are pretty good.

Not disrespectfully, but if you aren't willing to be called up at this time, you need to wait until your kids are older. As a former military brat, I see no shame in this either - your main job right now is to be alive and well and present in the lives of your children.

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