I've tried to find an answer to my question via Google and haven't gotten any answers so here goes:
Can an officer in the Nurse Corps transfer to a line officer position after so much time in service? I ask because I am aware of line officers cross-training (cross-rate?) into my field, but have no information about the reverse.
I'm going to be commissioned here soon, and was just wondering if the reverse is possible should I meet the qualifications of doing so. I figure better to put my hat elsewhere to the Navy's service if my service term comes near ending and I no longer wish to continue in the Nurse Corps.
Just to add, I have 8 years prior Air Force enlisted experience, so I'm aware of military culture and how 'likely' certain endeavors such as this can turn out Just because you 'can' do something doesn't translate to 'with 100% certainty.'
1) You'd probably be too old for most line officer communities anyways. There is a limit to how much can be waived for prior service.
2) You'd be too senior to work on JO quals by the time you laterally transferred. Not only would it be “odd” to have an O-3 working on O-1 quals, you simply wouldn’t be competitive for advancement in your new community and would be pretty much guaranteed to not make O4, which would mean you’d get separated shortly afterwards. In fact even a line officer lateral transferring to a staff corps job may have to take a reduction in pay grade to do so.
3) You have specialized training that I'm sure the Navy would love to keep.
Whether it's technically possible or not, I can pretty well guarantee it ain't gonna happen in your case.
Just curious - why would you want to transfer from staff corps to line?
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In nine years of service as a YN, I only saw one line officer lateral to staff corps (he went Supply) and zero lateral from staff corps to line. This was in the 70s when things were more open. With the reduction in forces going on right now, and as undermanned as Nurse Corps always is, I would be extremely surprised if you would be allowed to attempt to transfer out.
Thank you for the replies.
As far as to why I'd potentially be interested in transferring to a line officer position - part of it is due to the difficulty I've been told there is associated with making LCDR with such a large pool of nurses.
Another reason is the potential interest in staying in the service even if I decide that military nursing was not what I'd thought it would be. Of course I'm already on the hook for 5 years so at this point I'm merely speculating options as I'm a big what-if'er!
None of the armed forces is facing a shortage, in fact there is a surplus of applicants and a deficiency in available slots in every branch. I should know, it's insanely competitive right now!
and I saw the exact opposite.. O3 SUPPO couldn't make O4 to save his life. went IWO( okay so that's Restricted line but still) and picked up O4 his first time up. or was he an O4 and switched to make O5?! well it was one of those at least.
OP. the thing you have to understand is that Nursing is professional in nature as far as the military is concerned.. different criteria go into who gets offered a commission, and different criteria are used for initial entry training and going forward. you would be far behind the curve as far as being a Naval officer and acquiring the necessary billets/duties that are necessary in order to be a Good Department head.. which is what you need in order to make O4 and O5 as a Line officer.
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I would think the one area that might be open if Health Care Admin. This is something that happens in the civilian world.
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