How do you become a Navy nurse?


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To become a Navy nurse, first check to see if you meet the Navy's active-duty service requirements. Then, visit a Navy office, and join the program that best fits your current educational and professional needs.

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  1. Ensure that you meet the requirements

    Verify that you meet the Navy's requirements for active-duty nurses. Visit your past, current or future university's nursing program website, and verify it is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. You must be a U.S. citizen between the ages of 18 and 41 and able to meet the standards of the NROTC applicant fitness assessment, which measures physical fitness.

  2. Speak with a Navy recruiter

    Call or visit a Navy recruiting center, and let a representative know that you are interested in becoming a Navy nurse. Tell the recruiter about your educational background. If you are a licensed nurse, bring a copy of your license. Ask about your options for educational reimbursement.

  3. Join a Navy program

    Join either the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps if you are a high school student, or the Navy's nurse candidate program if you are a current student. For a high school student, the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps covers the cost of your nursing education. If you are a current nursing student, join the Navy's Nurse Candidate Program to receive financial assistance during school. If you are a practicing nurse, join the Navy as an active-duty nurse.

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