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If I want to be a CRNA in the military, will the military help train me to become one, or will I need to become a CRNA before joining the military?

Want to know if I need to become a CRNA before joining the military, or if I will be trained by the military to become one

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Gloria’s Answer

CRNA is a great profession. You would need to join the military under an officer program. An officer program will allow you to go to college (the military pays), and once your schooling is complete you would have to serve a certain amount of years of active duty in the military. The great thing is, your school will be paid for, and you already have a job in your profession when you completed school.
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Kess’s Answer

The military offers many options for getting an advanced medical degree. Most of the time, it is a 1-to-1 repayment. For example, for every year they pay your tuition, you give them a year of service after you graduate. To take advantage of this, you'll need to be prepared to enter into the medical program of your choosing. You'll have to be accepted usually and may already need to have a BSN. Reach out to a recruiter of the branch you are considering.

I was in the Army so I'm biased: https://www.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs/career-match/science-medicine/intensive-care/66f-nurse-anesthetist.html

While in school, you get a stipend, still have to do some military training, then repay your time after you graduate. Good luck!
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Alyssa’s Answer

The Navy has a great program for the medical field. However, you can enlist in the Marine Corps and learn a perishable skill and then apply for an officer program in which you can transfer to the navy and enter the medical field.
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Robert’s Answer

Hi Marco, each branch should have different requirements. Like the one attached above I have also attached the Army's page and it shows the requirements. Best bet is to go on the web and search for each branch and also contact a recruiter. Good luck.
https://www.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs/career-match/science-medicine/intensive-care/66f-nurse-anesthetist.html
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Bether’s Answer

hi marco.
i think you can do it either way. if you join the military first, try to get what you want in writing before you sign on the dotted line. i knew someone who joined hoping to get a degree in physical therapy. they said yes-they would train him for physical therapy if he joined. then once he was in, they said he had to get some other degree, like nursing. he said he didn't want to be a nurse. they were like too bad. he asked if he could get out of the military then because he only wanted to do physical therapy and that's what he signed up for. they said no, he couldn't leave. he didn't have anything in writing so he never did get the physical therapy degree and was totally pissed. this was some years ago but i saw it first hand.
in fact before you take any job anywhere for the rest of your life, get the job description and pay they said they would give you, the vacation and benefits they promised, in writing before you take the job. it's just a good practice to protect yourself.
good luck!
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