Originally Posted by JoePa Fan
I read that you had your bachelor's degree but didn't recall it being in nursing. You would be commissioned as a Second LT as such. Air Force medical officer training used to be only 2 weeks long and consisted mainly of learning rank/s, marching, reporting/saluting, customs/courtesies, and a little bit of physical training. I believe that once you are commissioned you can then apply for CCAT school which is just down the road from where you would attend officer's training. CCAT is at Brooks AFB and officer training used to be at the Lackland AFB Annex both of which are in San Antonio.
I don't know how competitive the selection process for CCAT school would be. It probably would also depend on the needs of the reserve unit you join. Good luck and keep us posted.
Education + experience of OP would prob mean at least O2 if not O3 right off the bat.
Originally Posted by USFCON
So, only took about a month to hear back from the recruiter, mostly because my message was crackly and he didn't get my number correct. Anyway story is I would go to Alabama for Officer training then ship out to NC for aeromed/flight training. Total training would be about 6 months. Gotta lose 10lb by November which is no biggie and get my paperwork in order then should be good to go.
My questions...is there anything I should "get in writing" ? Does it even matter? Pay/benefits etc will be discussed next month if cleard for commission.
Get EVERYTHING in writing. The problem is that they always include "or per the needs of the (insert service here)" so they can pretty much do what they want if they need to do it. A friend of mine was supposed to go to Walter Reed as an RN and ended up @ Ft Irwin.
I HIGHLY suggest you look into what bonuses are being offered - recruiter may not mention those. Usually you have contract bonuses (ie. 3yrs - $20,000), MOS (what the Army calls your Military Occupational Specialty) bonuses (basically a bonus for being a nurse), and possibly student loan payback if you have any. The only problem is the bonuses are taxable so take that into account.
As far as CCAT. You can also look into the Army. Too bad you didnt ask this question a few months ago. A friend of mine was the Army liason w/ the AF for the flight nursing programs. The Army also has the Burn Course which also incorporates some flight nursing protocols iirc. IIRC the Army also has a rotary wing flight nurse course. The CCAT course, as explained to me, is specific to fixed wing aircraft.
If youre that high speed you can also look into a few more courses. These are Army specific but if your command supports you you may be able to attend.
- MMCBC (Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties Course)
- C4 (Combat Casualty Care Course)
- Combat Medical Badge
- You already have your CCRN but the Army does offer an ICU nursing course
Have you given any thought to the US Public Health Service (www.usphs.gov)?
Its a long complicated explanation but basically we're a uniformed service and carry rank, earn all the pay and almost all of the benefits of military personnel (so far on-base child care is the only thing I dont qualify for), but we work for other federal agencies (see website). You could be interested in the Coast Guard, USMS (Marshall's), or ICE (Immigration and Customs). A friend of mine was detailed to the USCG and was the medical officer (he's an NP) for sea interdictions in the Gulf. Same friend was also a part of the ICE Spec Forces (they actually call themselves "special forces") and did high security deportations and stuff around the world. USMS's "con-air" (formerly known as JPATS) has nurses aboard as well.
Theres a bunch of other opportunities within the PHS. If you got questions let me know.