One of the most rewarding jobs in the Air Force is the Nursing Program. The Air Force has worked over the last several years to update and redesign their Nursing Program. The new program is called the Nurse Enlisted Commission Program, or NECP. The Air Force views the new program as a win win situation, the new personnel are often tested Airmen who have been working in the Nursing field in the Air Force as enlisted personnel. The program is meant to assist those enlisted personnel who desire to become nurses who currently are serving in the Air Force.
This program is designed to assist those Air Force Personnel who are already trying part time on their own to study and become nurses, but who have been trying to do this piecemeal. The program is designed to take enlisted people who want to become nurses and send them to school at an accredited university while they remain on an active duty status with the Air Force.
This program is an effort to assist and let the candidate be supported to attend school full time and to become a nurse while still being considered on Active Duty. The Air Force is serious about the program, including having an official selection board to enter the program. The Air Force views their enlisted service Airmen as proven assets that are reliable and full force multiplier factors in the Air Force Mission. Air Force officials have worked together with medical professionals to design and begin a course program to assist enlisted Servicemembers who desire to become commissioned Nurses in the Air Force. Applicants can apply and the selection board meets in Texas at Randolph Air Base. The first group for this new program is projected to be 50 students to begin classes for fall semester 2008.
To apply the candidates must be on active duty, be a citizen of the United States, already have completed at least 59 hours credit hours of college coursework toward a nursing degree, be below the age of 42, serving in the Air Force as E-4 personnel or above. The candidate also must be otherwise eligible for commissioning in the Air Force active duty ranks. This gives them the chance to work hard, study hard and to become nurses in the Air Force.