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    Hello,
    I am a 29 year old female and I am contemplating joining the NJ National Guard. I have a Bachelor's in Psych and just acquired an Associates Degree in Nursing. I will take my NCLEX examination at the end of this month which will make me a licensed Registered Nurse. I briefly spoke with a recruiter over the phone ( tomorrow I will speak with him in person), who told me what path I should take. He said that I will first do the Basic Training and then I am eligible to go to OCS. I was wondering if after OCS if I will be able to get into the Nurse Corps. I looked at the eligibility and it seems as though I qualify to become a Nurse in the NG but I need to have the anticipated path clearly defined before I join.

  • #2
    Originally posted by cf908 View Post
    Hello,
    I am a 29 year old female and I am contemplating joining the NJ National Guard. I have a Bachelor's in Psych and just acquired an Associates Degree in Nursing. I will take my NCLEX examination at the end of this month which will make me a licensed Registered Nurse. I briefly spoke with a recruiter over the phone ( tomorrow I will speak with him in person), who told me what path I should take. He said that I will first do the Basic Training and then I am eligible to go to OCS. I was wondering if after OCS if I will be able to get into the Nurse Corps. I looked at the eligibility and it seems as though I qualify to become a Nurse in the NG but I need to have the anticipated path clearly defined before I join.
    Your recruiter is blowing smoke. If you are pursuing the nurse corps it is a direct commission. That means no basic, no OCS. You need to be talking to an Officer or AMEDD recruiter. A regular recruiter is going to do nothing but try and enlist you first because he needs a warm body to boost his numbers. Call a recruiter back, and be stern by asking for Officer or AMEDD point of contact for New Jersey.
    Last edited by realitycheck; March 5th, 2014, 10:06 PM.

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    • #3
      OP, you're going to need a BSN to go the DC route.

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      • SF Hunter
        SF Hunter commented
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        DC= Direct Commission

    • #4
      I wouldn't give up hope. Unless AMEDD changed the criteria, a nurse with an AS could get commissioned, BUT not promote to captain without the BS. Again, this was relevant several years ago. It may have changed.

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      • #5
        You need to talk to an AMEDD Officer recruiter about this. Dial 800-Go-Guard and ask for this person in your state.

        Whether you can direct commission will depend on your state. The Guard does not have a lot of slots for nurses in most states, as the Guard no longer runs hospitals but instead supports combat units for which nurses do not have much of a role. If NJ does not have slots available, you might try neighboring states as well.

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        • #6
          According to the NG website (http://www.nationalguard.com/careers...hcare-officers), an ADN-prepared RN can commission if actively pursuing a BSN. Of course, the website may be out of date. Best to talk to an AMEDD recruiter! I am active duty Nurse Corps, considering either the Reserves or NG when my time is up in a little over a year. To the OP, welcome to the wonderful world of nursing and good luck on your NCLEX.

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