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Military Nursing Job Profile


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The Marines, along with the Army, Navy, and Air Force, are looking for a few good men — and women — to fill jobs in nursing and other health care professions. The military life may not be for everyone but it can provide many nurses with a great way to gain skills while they serve their country as officers.

These job openings are available to any interested applicant who meets the specified requirements. As an officer in the military nurse are granted a number of benefits and travel opportunities. Many of the nurses in the military eventually choose to stay in until they can retire, if you enter active duty in your 20s you can easily retire with benefits in your 40s or early 50s.

Opportunities for nursing jobs on military bases are increasing across the country, and the need for registered nurses to serve as members of the U.S. armed forces has become one of the highest priorities for the military recruiters to deal with. Nursing jobs in the military exist in all of the service branches. Military health care jobs offer a wide range of opportunities for nurses and other health care professionals to advance their careers and train in a wide range of medical specialties, all while serving their country. While many military enlistees start at the rank of private, all nursing jobs in military settings allows individuals to enter the service as officers.

The Army Nurse Corps Qualifications for Applicants

The Army Nurse Corps is one of six medical corps that is found in the ranks of the United States military army unit. The others are the Medical Corps, Dental Corps, Medical Specialties Corps, Medical Service Corps, and Veterinary Corps. Nursing jobs at military bases involve caring for a diverse patient population that includes military members and their families. You will be able to use your skills in modern medical facilities and will be using the latest technology and medical techniques. You can find out more information about these types of jobs online at MilitaryCrossing.


In addition to valuable training in critical care, operating room nursing, psychiatric and mental health care, and obstetrical/gynecological nursing there are a number of other specialties that exist.

To qualify for appointment as an officer in the Army Nurse Corps, applicants must meet the following qualifications:
  • Good medical and moral standards
  • Must be a United States citizen
  • Have a Bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing
  • Registered Nurse license must be active and in Good standing.
  • Age requirements are between the ages of 21 and 42 (waivers are available).
  • Must undergo and pass a security investigation.
In addition, active duty enlisted soldiers in any specialty may qualify for the Army Medical Department’s Enlisted Commissioning Program (ACEP). Participants in this program can attend college full-time while on active duty so that they can complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Upon successful completion of the licensing examination for registered nurses, participants will be commissioned as second lieutenants with a three-year additional service obligation to the military. These individuals will also be required to attend the Officer Basic Course at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. You will be paid during the completion of this course.

Navy/Marine Corps Nursing Requirements for Enlistment

The Navy Health Care Team consists of the Medical, Dental, Medical Service, and Nurse Corps. Offices in the Navy Nurse Corps will care for sailors, Marines, and their families at the top military facilities both on shore and at sea.

Navy nurses specialize in more than a dozen areas, including critical care, emergency medicine, orthopedics, general surgery. You are allowed to choose the areas that you are most interested in and every attempt will be made to place you in the nursing area that you select. There are often some areas with critical needs and some nurses may be asked if they would consider a different specialty.

For students with an interest in nursing, the Navy can cover the cost of your entire nursing education. Through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC), students can receive scholarships that will include up to four years of tuition, textbook allowances, a monthly stipend, and funds for other educational expenses. For practicing nurses, the Navy will assist them with the repayment of school loans.

To qualify for the Navy Nurse Corps, an applicant must:
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a student or graduate of a program granting a BSN degree and accredited by the applicable state nursing board
  • Be licensed as a nurse in the United States or a U.S. territory (recent nursing school graduates must obtain licensing within a year of beginning active duty)
  • Be willing to serve at least three years of active military duty with the Navy
  • Be between 18 and 42 years of age
  • Have overall good physical conditioning
Air Force Requirements for Nurses

Specialties for Air Force nurses include clinical nursing, operating room, anesthetist, and flight nurse, among others. For nursing school graduates, the Air Force Nurse Transition Program (NTP) is a 10-week structured program designed to facilitate the transition into military life. The Air Force also offers opportunities to pursue master’s-level education in nursing, as well as a program to with repayment of educational loans.

To become an Air Force nurse, an applicant must:
  • Be a United States citizen
  • Have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in nursing
  • Be a licensed Registered Nurse and have a nursing license that is active and in good standing.
  • Show that that they are in very good overall condition, physically.


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