The Army Nurse Corps is an integral component of the U.S Army health care team. The Army Nurse Corps distinguish themselves from the traditional nursing field in both composition and purpose. The Army Nurse Corps is dedicating to providing top of the line technology, quality healthcare for military personnel, their families, and military retirees all over the world. All Army nurses have at least a baccalaureate degree in nursing. The Army has nursing positions available in many specialties, including critical care, obstetrics/ gynecology, anesthesia, community health, psychiatric/behavioral health, and preoperative nursing.
Once you enter the Army, you’ll work with a team of talented health care professionals, all of whom are dedicated to providing the highest standard of patient care possible. You will be in a leadership position and enjoy the privileges, pay, respect, and authority of a commissioned officer in the Army. You’ll supervise a variety of professional and paraprofessional nursing care providers at U.S. Army health care facilities, making decisions about day-to-day patient care and ensuring that your decisions are carried out in an effective manner. Northeastern University’s Army ROTC program is partnered with several local colleges and universities who have nursing programs.
The Army ROTC Advantage
The Army ROTC offers a unique opportunity to gain practical experience while opportunities to have financial assistance for college provided. ROTC enhances your nursing education by providing unique leadership and management training. You will not only have fun in the Army ROTC, you’ll also develop self-confidence, leadership skills, and the ability to adapt and remain flexible in stressful situations.
Nurse Summer Training Program
Between the summer of your junior and senior years, you can attend NSTP, a four-week training event where Cadets are assigned to Army hospitals throughout the U.S. and overseas. The NSTP introduces Cadets to the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) and to the roles and responsibilities of an Army Nurse Corps Officer. Under the supervision of an experienced Army nurse, the Cadets obtain invaluable hands-on experience. This one-on-one experience allows them to hone their clinical skills, develop their problem-solving techniques, and become comfortable with developing their professional skills as a member of the U.S. Army Healthcare Team.
Benefits as an Army Nurse
As an Army Nurse, you’ll receive the benefits and privileges that come with being an officer, along with many other extraordinary benefits. You’ll be able to use the Army’s and other military service’s wide variety of recreational facilities, including fitness centers, swimming pools, golf courses, and movie theaters. Here are some of the other benefits:
Gross Pay (annually)
Second Lieutenant with under 2 yrs of service: $78,020
First Lieutenant with over 2 yrs of service: $98,324
Captain with over 4 yrs of service: $118,532
Major with over 10 yrs of service: $147,464
* 2020 rates: The above figures include Base Pay, Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) in the Boston area, and Basic allowance for Subsidence (BAS). BAH varies depending on duty location, rank, and dependency status.
- 30 days paid vacation each year
- Free Medical and Dental care for Active Duty service members with low cost Medical (TRICARE) and Dental Insurance for dependents
- Regular pay increases, every year for the first four years, then every two years thereafter. In addition, Congress usually appropriates a pay raise for the military every January.
- Regular promotions, each with a pay raise.
- Free relocation services
- Generous retirement plan (Thrift Savings Plan also available)
- Nurses are not required to carry malpractice insurance while serving on Active Duty in a Military Treatment Facility
- Post Exchange and Commissary priviledges (Savings of about 30% on groceries when using the Commissary, items purchased in Post Exchange are non-taxable)
- Low-cost tours/travel for military personnel, military discounts for theme parks, etc.
- Unlimited travel opportunities
- Certifications through the Nursing Education Centers
- Continuing education through Nursing Education Centers