Army Nursing Opportunities
Today’s Army offers many opportunities for nurses. We provide many advantages that meet or exceed nursing benefits available in the civilian sector. However, the Army also trains its nurses to be professional leaders. Our leadership development curriculum is a world class program. Such leadership skills prove to be invaluable to nurses as they migrate from military to private service. And one more thing, Army nurses learn the value of selflessly serving their nation and soldiers.
The Army also understands that nursing school expenses can be steep. As a result, the Army provides two, three, and-four year nursing scholarships. In order to qualify, you must be a U.S. citizen, be no more than 30 years of age upon commissioning (there are exceptions for those who have previously served in the military), have at least a 2.5 GPA, and an ACT score of at least 19 or SAT score of at least 920.
This scholarship covers your tuition, books, and fees. It also includes a monthly stipend of up to $500.00 (depending upon your academic year). Generally, most scholarship recipients incur a four-year active duty service commitment. Two-year scholarships are additionally available for students pursuing certain advanced practice nursing master’s degrees.
The Army also provides one, two, and three-year scholarships to nurse anesthesia students accepted by accredited programs in nurse anesthesia. This scholarship provides full tuition, a monthly stipend of over $1000.00, and payment of most required fees. Active duty obligation is one year for each year receiving the scholarship, with a minimum period of three years on active duty.
In addition, the Army offers a fully funded master’s degree program in nurse anesthesia at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. Students receive full pay and allowances commensurate with their rank during the entire program. Active duty obligation is 54 months. There are also other fully paid nursing graduate programs available.
Please consider these opportunities as you also consider your willingness to serve your nation. I am not asking you for a lifetime commitment to the Army, although many nurses choose to take that path. I am asking you to serve your nation for a limited time and to truly put your nursing skills to work. As an Army nurse, each day will be extremely challenging, yet very rewarding.