I've always known nursing is the career for me. The part I was finding difficult, was trying to find my niche in the nursing field. Somehow I wandered into an ROTC informational meeting and knew that was where I belong. The army has offered so many great opportunities to me. The scholarship opportunity is great, but I have also gotten more hands on experience than most nursing students. I have gotten to experiencing Army Nursing first hand by visiting Ft. Lenordwood for an AOV. This gave me the chance to have any questions answered, and orient me to different specialties within the nursing field. Going to these AOVs, I was able to make my own conclusions about where I want to go with Army Nursing, and verify that this is what I want to do.
Army ROTC Nursing Cadet
I started taking ROTC classes as a freshmen in college. I really enjoyed the courses, doing PT, and all the other army leadership stuff. After a year and some scholarship offers I decided it was the place for me. I signed a contract my sophomore year for a three year scholarship that included full tuition and money for books. I also picked up room and board scholarships through out my time there. As an added benefit as a nurse I was reimbursed for my uniforms and other nursing supplies. And the Army gave me a really nice stethoscope.
During my sophomore year I was given the opportunity to command UCM ROTC's Ranger Team. We did very well. After my sophomore year I attended U.S. Army Airborne school at Ft. Benning, GA and jumped out of a perfectly good airplane five times. My junior year I was given more freedom from ROTC to focus on my nursing classes which grew much more time consuming. After my junior year I attented National Advanced Leadership Course at Ft. Lewis, WA and then flew off to Nurses Summer Training Program at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii. I was a tough assignment. My senior year I had to move to Kansas City for my final year of nursing school, my participation in ROTC was very small due to my demanding schedule. I corresponed with my ROTC instructor through e-mail and was incharge of doing my own Physical Training. At the end of my senoir year I successfully completed my Nursing degree bec! ause I was allowed to focus on my studies because, one I did not have to work to pay for school, my scholarship and stipend took care of that, and two because I was given enough rein over my schedule by my ROTC instructors that I could prioritize nursing first.
UCM Army ROTC Nursing Alumni