Q: I'm a BSN nurse. What rank will I enter the Army and what will my enlisting bonus be?
A: Because you possess a BSN, you should enter the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Officer as a Second Lieutenant. As an officer, you're typically not required to go to Basic Training. Instead, you may attend a 10- to 14-week Officer Basic Leadership Course (OBLC) at Ft. Sam Houston in Texas. There you can learn about the Army Health Care System, the Army way-of-life, and other Army benefits available to you. After OBLC, you report to your first duty assignment. Even though your basic training is different, you must still meet the height/weight and other physical requirements the same as any soldier.
As a Lieutenant, your duties may include:
commanding one small-size nursing shift in a Field Hospital or Medical Activity setting
supervising and coordinating all nursing care during your shift
As you progress to Captain, your duties and responsibilities traditionally increase. At this rank, you may be asked to:
command a medium-size nursing unit in a Field Hospital or installation Medical Activity (MEDDAC)
serve as mentor to new nurses
instruct nursing skills at a medical training center
serve as a health care advisor to other units
As an officer, one of the Army benefits you receive is an accession bonus instead of an enlistment bonus. As an AMEDD Nurse, your accession bonus should be between $20,000 to $30,000--depending on what you sign for on your enlistment contract.