Overview for Army Nurses
Active Duty Army Nurse Programs/Incentives:
Active Duty Army Nurse Accession Bonus
Qualified nurses in specific fields who do not currently hold a commission as a nurse in any service and if loan repayment is not taken, may be eligible to receive up to a $20,000 bonus paid at first duty station for a 3 year obligation. If loan repayment is taken, they can only receive a maximum of $10,000. Qualified nurses in specific fields who do not currently hold a commission as a nurse in any service and if loan repayment is not taken, may be eligible to receive up to $30,000 bonus paid at first duty station for a 4 year Active Duty obligation. If loan repayment is taken, they can only receive a maximum of $20,000. Medical Surgical Nurse, not eligible for incentives.
Critical Wartime Accession Skills Bonus
Provides accession bonus of $250,000 for a fully qualified Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) who sign a written agreement to serve on Active Duty for not less than 4 consecutive years.
Active Duty Health Professions Loan Repayment Program (ADHPLRP)
This program will repay up to $40,000 of qualified loans to lending institution annually for a maximum of 3 years. Active Duty Obligation is 1 year-for-year receiving loan repayment with a minimum period of 2 years on Active Duty. When special pay is taken in conjunction with ADHPLRP the obligation is 7 years. Medical Surgical Nurse are not eligible for ADHPLRP. Taxable income.
US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing (AMEDD Center and School)
This is a Doctorate of Nursing Program. Students are commissioned Active Duty and receive full pay and allowances commensurate with rank during entire program. Tuition expenses are paid by the Army. The applicant must meet all admission requirements for Baylor University. The applicant must be Board Selected for Active Duty and successfully admitted to Baylor University to attend this program. Active Duty obligation is 60 months. Candidates must have at least 1 year of Critical Care Nursing experience and competitive Graduate Record Exam scores. If the applicant is not admitted to the Baylor University, they still have the option of accessing to Active Duty in the boarded AOC.
Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP)
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) and Family Nurse Practitioner Programs will pay a stipend over $2,300.00 and full tuition towards obtaining a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist or Family Nurse Practitioner MSN with prescriptive privileges. Obligation for HPSP is 3 years.
Critical Care Nurse (66S) Student Program
This is a precision course guarantee for qualifying Medical-Surgical (66H) applicants. The incentive guarantees attendance in the Critical Care Nurse (66S) Nurse Program. Upon completion of the program they will become a Critical Care Nurse. No other incentives are authorized in conjunction with this program. To qualify for the Critical Care Nurse (66S) Student Program, the applicant must have greater than 2 years of current bedside nursing experience.
AMEDD Enlisted Commissioning Program (AECP)
Provides Regular Army (RA), Army Reserves (AR) and Army National Guard (ARNG) component enlisted Army Soldiers with the opportunity to complete their bachelors of science in nursing (BSN). The Army pays up to $15,000 per academic year for tuition and mandatory fees for a maximum of 24 months of schooling along with book reimbursement up to $1,000 per year. The Program Director can be contacted at (502) 626-0361.
Army Reserves Army Nurse Programs/Incentives:
Special Pay provides up to $25,000 per year, participants must choose 2, 3 or 4 years of affiliation for Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Operating Room Nurses, Nurse Anesthetist, Critical Care, and Public Health. Participants must serve in an Army Reserves Troop Program Units (TPU), Army Medical Department Professional Management Command (APMC) or Individual Mobilization Augmentation (IMA) Program. Individuals may be eligible, if qualified, to participate in one other Army Reserve incentive program.
Note: Army Reserve Medical Surgical Nurse will not be eligible for special pay.
Specialized Training Assistance Program (STRAP)
Master of Science in Nursing Specialized Training Assistance Program (STRAP) is available for Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Anesthetists. All MSN STRAP applicants must provide proof of unconditional acceptance to an accredited graduate program. Participants receive a monthly stipend over $2,300.00. Participants incur a 1 year obligation in the Army Reserves for each 6 months or less of financial assistance and must serve in an Army Reserves Troop Program Unit (TPU), Army Medical Department Professional Management Command (APMC) or Individual Mobilization Augmentation (IMA) Program upon completion of training. Individuals may be eligible, if qualified, to participate in one other Army Reserves incentive program; must be a US citizen.
Health Professions Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP)
Provides education loan repayment for Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Operating Room Nurses, Nurse Anesthetist, Critical Care and Public Health serving in an Army Reserves Troop Program Unit (TPU), Army Medical Department Professional Management Command (APMC) or Individual Mobilization Augmentation (IMA) Program. For each year of satisfactory service in an AR TPU, APMC or IMA Program, a maximum of $20,000 will be applied to an education loan annually for a total of $60,000. Individuals may be eligible, if qualified, to participate in one other Army Reserves incentive program. Taxable income.
Some Eligibility Requirement:
- Must have a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN), or higher
- Must be a graduate of a nursing program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), or accepted by the National League of Nursing
- Must hold a current, valid, active and unrestricted license to practice nursing
- Must be a US citizen for Active Duty. Permanent residents are only eligible for Army Reserves
- Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) must be accredited by Council on Accreditation (COA)
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