Post # 1
Alright, so, I’m back…with more questions…more confused than ever…
The boyfriend and I broke up when I told him that I was for sure joining. After that happened, I started really thinking about everything…
Here are my options: I can apply to nursing school starting tomorrow to start in January. I’m all done with EVERYTHING to start school. I just couldn’t afford it, but now my mom is saying that she will cosign with me for loans that she previously wouldn’t. Or, I could join the Air Force for four years, get out and do nursing school then on the GI bill. I would be 27 when I start a 2.5 year program, barring that I even get in at that time. I’m just not sure that makes sense! What if everything changes by then? All the prerequsites? And I have to add like a year of additional schooling? I won’t be able to start my career until I am like 31 or 32. Or, I could go into nursing school in January like I planned, graduate, and try and enter the Air Force as an officer… But, is there any guarantee they will take me as an RN/BSN? And they DO in fact have loan repayment, right?
I’m just not sure that it makes sense for me to join right now, knowing that I CAN go to school… I think it puts my whole life off track and I risk not being able to do nursing school at all later, unless I can for sure get into medical while I’m in, which of course there is no guarantees… I am SO SO SO CONFLICTED… I just feel like I’ve invested too much into my current career path to get put into like secfo or something, I would be completely derailed…But I’m not sure it would be the end of the world, because I would probably have fun doing whatever they want me to do. I dk. What would YOU do in my position?!? How would you advise a 22 year old you? (PS I turn 23 in November, and find out if I get into nursing school in December… so option #3 is apply to nursing school and if I don’t get in, although my chances are good, I could enlist at the end of this year instead of September).
Post # 3
@whatdidigetmyselfinto: Do AFROTC to help pay for college, serve your time in the military, get out of military and start career in nursing or do nursing in Air Force as your AFSC. AFROTC gives you a scholarship and if you need loans then you will be able to have more flexibility with paying it off since you have a set paycheck from the military. If you do nursing in the Air Force then you are all ready starting the career you want. I highly suggest college first since you know what you want to do.
Post # 4
I second the pp. look into ROTC programs that way your schooling will get paid for and you’ll go in as an officer.
As someone who went through NROTC and had many friends in the nursing ROTC program they are all doing GREAT! It also got them a step ahead of other people at my school because the navy program had a set amount of slots in the nursing program so that everyone in ROTC, who got good enough grades, got into the nursing program. They didn’t have to compete for the highly competitive spots the rest of the university fought for.
Post # 5
I was 22 when I joined the Army. I was shy, out of shape, had just broken up with a boyfriend, ignorant as he**, broke, and a prime candidate to GROW UP.
I stayed in a total of six years as a medic. Was posted in Georgia next to a beach (well close enough), overseas, and saw more of the world than I ever would have any other way. It was one of the best things I ever did and it certainly improved my life. And it paid for nursing school. I graduated when I was 29 and have been a nurse for longer than you are old 🙂
Things might change. YOU might change. Your career goals might change. I’d strongly encourage you to seriously consider a military career. It’s a very reasonable price to pay for free schooling. The cost of nursing school is daunting and the pay is NOT that great….it’s actually paying considerably less now than five years ago.
Best of luck to you in whatever you decide. Please keep us posted!
Post # 6
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@Payless: This is great advice. Do AFROTC so they will help pay for college in exchange for you serving as an officer later. Being an officer is superior to being an enlistee plus as an officer you have at least some say in what career track you take. As an enlistee you are stuck with the jobs you score for (i.e. you take a test and your score determines what jobs you are qualified to do as an enlistee.)
Post # 7
Honestly, I have been in the airforce for over a year now and it was the best thing that I have ever done! I encourage all my friends to join. It changed my life for the better and I would never go back and change what I did. Great pay, proud of what I do, great training, they really give you self confidence and make you more fit. My husabnd is in the army and that is the only thing that I was touch on deeply. Women in the military are pretty much forced to marry within the military because we have to move around so much, what kind of man will change his career every four years? It’s really hard.