By Cmdr. Karen Kreutzberg, Medical Reserve Recruiting Program
BETHESDA, MD -- A new program is now offered to Hospital Corpsman (HM) and Dental Technician (DT) drilling Reservists who are interested in pursuing a Baccalaureate in Nursing Degree (BSN). This new drilling option allows a drilling HM or DT to earn drill pay and credit for attending school.
Interested Selected Reservists (SELRES) must be U.S. citizens and have a letter of acceptance or be enrolled in an accredited baccalaureate-nursing program (verified by www.nlnac.org or www.aacn.nche.edu) and be enrolled for a minimum of six credits/semester or session.
This program is offered to Program 32 (Military Treatment Facility) and Program 46 (Fleet Hospital) units. Participation is limited to a maximum of three years.
To apply, SELRES will need to have a letter of endorsement for approval from their unit commanding officer. While in the program, the student must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better. If at any time the SELRES stops taking courses, they must muster and drill with their unit in the traditional manner.
While in school, the SELRES must drill with their unit twice annually (four drills) in order to complete all required Reserve unit and Naval Reserve Activity (NRA) or Reserve center administrative requirements. This includes the twice-annual Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) test. While in this program, the HM or DT is eligible for mobilization, but may request a deferment from BUPERS [Bureau of Personnel].
After earning a BSN degree and passing a state board of nursing licensure exam (NCLEX), the member may apply for a Nurse Corps commission. There will be no additional Reserve obligation if the member is not selected for Nurse Corps.
This program is designed to assist Reservists attain a commission as a Nurse Corps Officer by allowing the Reservist time to pursue school while continuing their naval career.