Hey Clarise, it's always awesome to hear when people are interesting in the nursing field and in the Army as well. I'm currently a registered nurse in a civilian facility and also for the Maryland National Guard. I did Army ROTC during my time in college/nursing school, so that's how I ended up where I am today. But there are two ways to do nursing in the Army:
1) If you choose to go for your nursing degree (BSN, 4 years), you can also do Army ROTC during your time in college which basically trains you to become an officer. you can received a scholarship that can help pay for school, but you are required to serve in the Army for a certain amount of years after you graduate. You can either join Active Duty (working full time in the Army) or the Reserves/National Guard (part time for Army).
2) you can join the Army after getting your degree through something called "direct commissioning". Once you get you degree and license, you can apply to join the Army as a nurse. Big difference between 1 & 2 though is time and money: option 1 you can get all/a lot of your school paid for, but you also give a lot of time for ROTC. for 2, you can focus on school during your college years but wont have any scholarships, though the Army does provide some financial resources for paying back school loans and things like that.
I know this is a lot of information and I'm not sure if I explained it clearly (also tried to be relatively short & concise, but there's a lot to the process haha), but if you have more questions feel free to ask!
Justin recommends the following next steps:
- If you're still in high school, start doing research on nursing programs and ROTC programs as well. If you're not interested in ROTC, then do some research on direct commissioning into the Army as a nurse!