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by RN.1 RN.1 (New) New Nurse

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So I”am commissioning as a nurse soon into the army . I was wondering after my initial contract is done can I switch over to another branch? Don’t get me wrong I like the army but keep hearing other branches treat the nurses better . What would be the process to switch ? What are the difference between other branches for nurses compared to the army nurse Corp? Any insight would help.

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Yes you can do a inter-service transfer. Not sure how easy it is to do. 

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jfratian has 7 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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I've looked into it for myself.  As a nurse, you don't really do an inter-service transfer.  Instead, you separate, have your experience/service re-evaluated and re-commission. 

Generally speaking, you tend to loose rank when you do this.  That's because time in grade resets.  If you were to leave as an O-3, you would probably enter the new branch as an O-3 with no time in grade.  

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jfratian has 7 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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I realize this might not make sense to a non-military person.  Time in grade is very important for promotion.  You are only eligible to compete for a promotion board if you have the minimum time in grade required. 

Time in grade (TIG) is the amount of time you have held a given rank/grade.  O-4 boards generally require between 4-6 years of TIG as an O-3 for consideration.  

If you were to lose several years of TIG, you would need to wait several years longer to promote.  That would certainly cost you a significant amount of money...and may cause a delay in career opportunities down the road (which are sometimes rank-driven). That is why switching branches can be disadvantageous.  

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