Specialized Training Assistance Program (STRAP)
The Guard can help you receive advanced training that will help you pursue your desired specialty, both within the Guard and after your service is complete.
If you're training in a residency program the Guard is looking for, you're eligible for the Specialized Training Assistance Program (STRAP), which offers a monthly stipend of $2,122.
To qualify, you must be unconditionally accepted into the education program or residency for which you seek funding. You'll incur a one-year service obligation for every six months (or part thereof) for which you receive the stipend. Your obligation begins immediately following completion of your residency.
Healthcare Professional Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP) and STRAP benefits may be offered at the same time, provided you have completed at least two years of residency training.
BSN- and MSN-STRAP
The BSN- and MSN-STRAP program is offered to associate degree nurses and current Army Nurse Corps officers enrolled in a BSN or MSN (Family Nurse Practitioner only) completion program.
If you're an eligible nurse, the BSN- and MSN-STRAP will pay a monthly stipend of at least $2,122 for up to two years, while you complete your bachelor's degree. In return, you'll incur a one-year service obligation for every six months (or part thereof) for which you receive the stipend. Your obligation begins immediately following completion of your residency.
For more information on the STRAP and the many other opportunities in the Army Medical Department (AMEDD), contact your state AMEDD officer or Education Services Officer (ESO).