AMEDD Enlisted Commissioning Program (AECP)  

For FY24, you will work with an Army Medical (AMEDD) recruiter to build your packet in the recruiter system (DCA). To locate an AMEDD recruiter, go to https://www.goarmy.com/amedd.html

Please see the FY24 MILPER Message 22-411.pdf and Guidelines FY24 Guidelines.pdf

The Fiscal Year 24 AECP USAREC HQ Health Services Directorate will convene a competitive selection board on 12-15 September 2023. Soldiers will receive official notification of selection following the board via a board release through the Medical Recruiting Brigade (MRB)/AMEDD Recruiter. If selected, the Soldier will start between January-September of 2024.

The deadline for packet submission for an AMEDD recruiter to upload is 1 August 2023. You can reach out anytime to work with an AMEDD recruiter, but the sooner the better.  

The AECP Program Management Team at Recruiting Command HQs Health Service Directorate can be reached at:

USARMY Ft Knox USAREC Mailbox HSD Enlisted Commissioning Program at usarmy.knox.usarec.mbx.army-nurse-enlisted-commissioning-program@army.mil

AECP Information & Requirements

Thank you for your interest in becoming a nurse through the AMEDD Enlisted Commissioning Program (AECP).  AECP allows Regular Army, USAR and ARNG Solders to finish up to 24 months of nursing school while retaining their rank, grade and military benefits (pay, medical, etc).  When a Soldier graduates with their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), passes the NCLEX, and then will commission as a Regular Army nurse officer. The Soldier will incur a four year active duty service obligation (ADSO).

The onus is on the Soldier to find a nationally accredited nursing school which meets our specific set of criteria (see below). The Soldier must receive either a conditional letter or unconditional letter of acceptance. If the letter is conditional, it must clearly state that all prerequires are completed. This tends to be the most difficult part.  Below is a list of some universities AECP students have attended. These schools are not necessarily eligible schools from year to year as eligibility for schools is constantly changing, but this may be a good starting point as you evaluate options against the AECP school criteria. The Soldier is welcome to find other nursing school not on this list if they meet our criteria. Other nursing schools not on this list may also be eligible if they meet the AECP requirements.

East Carolina University, NC

Eastern Kentucky University, KY (Waiver on file for NCLEX pass rates for 2021 of 89%)

Austin Peay State University, TN (Waiver on file for NCLEX pass rates for 2021 of 89%)

University of Central Florida, FL

University of North Florida, FL

University of West Florida, FL

University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL

University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL

University of Texas (Arlington and Austin), TX

Northwestern State University, Shreveport, LA

University of Washington School of Nursing, WA

Stony Brook University, New York

Salisbury University, MD

University of Kentucky, KY

University-Chapel Hill, NC

Park University, NY

Sacramento State, CA

Lewis Clark State College, ID

 

Basic Program Requirements: Soldiers must be eligible for appointment as a    Regular Army commissioned officer.

 

     a.  Soldier must be medically qualified for a commissioning appointment IAW AR 40-501 Chapter 2, DODI 6130.03 and in compliance with height/weight requirements IAW AR 600-9. If required, a current Body Fat Content Worksheet DA Form 5500/5501 must be included; reviewed by the provider performing the physical. Recruiters will follow recruiting policies to process the commissioning physical.

 

     b.  Soldier must be able to receive an approved commissioning physical. All waivers will be processed by the AMEDD Recruiter through the appropriate channels to ensure that the Soldier remains eligible for appointment as a commissioned officer.

 

     c.  The Soldier must complete all training service obligations prior to the application date for AECP. Soldiers will not be considered if currently attending or scheduled to attend MOS training for an approved reclassification, enlistment, and or a reenlistment contract. However, if the Soldier is scheduled to attend training, Soldiers may request cancellation of a voluntary reclassification, training, or waive the reenlistment contract IAW AR 601-280. Waivers for training service obligation and branch release will be obtained by the individual Soldier via memorandum for record from their Branch Manager, US Army Human Resources Command (HRC). Refer to an example of a DA Form 4187 for HRC submission request on the https://recruiting.army.mil/acp/guidelines-forms/.

 

     d.  Soldiers must be MOS qualified with a minimum of four years’ time-in service (TIS) and no more than 12 years total active federal service by the application deadline of 1 August 2023. Waivers may be requested; waiver approval is not guaranteed. The Soldier must also minimally hold the grade of E-4 (P) and complete the Basic Leadership Course (BLC) by the application deadline of 1 August 2023 (No waivers for BLC). The TIS waiver will be processed by the USAREC program manager.

 

     e.  Soldiers must be able to complete all degree requirements and commission prior to age 34. This generally means that the Soldier must be no more than 31.5 years when starting the nursing program unless in an accelerated program. Waivers may be requested on a case-by-case basis. The age waiver will be processed by the USAREC program manager.

 

     f.  Soldiers must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 as calculated from all college level transcripts ever attended. The nursing school will place the total GPA calculation on the letter of acceptance. Waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The program manager will process the GPA waiver. 

 

     g.  Previous participation in any other commissioning programs (ROTC, OCS, IPAP, etc.) and the reason for removal from the program for ANY REASON will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

 

     h.  Must have a GT score of 110 or higher to apply. No waivers to GT score.

 

6. School Selection and Acceptance Requirements. It is highly recommended to apply to multiple nursing programs to allow for the greatest flexibility for attendance. The BSN program must:

 

     a.  Not be greater than 24 months from nursing school start date to graduation date to obtain the nationally accredited BSN degree.

 

     b.  Be within a 100-mile radius of a Military Treatment Facility (MTF) that has a primary care clinic with the capacity for the Soldier and their dependents to enroll for care. Veteran Affairs (VA) clinics, USAR, and or ARNG units are not authorized.

 

     c. AECP will only fund courses that are required for a conferred BSN degree. Lab and clinical courses may not be online. AECP prohibits participants taking any classes other than upper division nursing specific courses while in the program.  

 

d. The school must be accredited through the proposed graduation date or have a scheduled site visit for re-accreditation. The nursing school must have an active accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

 

e. The school must have a “first time” NCLEX pass rate of 90% or higher for the past three consecutive years, prior to the application deadline. If the pass rate drops below 90% before orders are requested, the Soldier must select another program that meets the AECP requirements. Example: 2020: 95%, 2021: 94%, 2022: 98%.

 

f. Must be in a CONUS location.

 

g. Must be taught in English only.

 

     h. The tuition cap is $15,000 per year. Soldiers are not authorized the use of any GI Bill, Post 911, Pell Grants, Tuition Assistance, Scholarships, personal or educational loans, and or private funds to pay tuition in order to reduce the total amount to the $15,000 cap. The school must charge Soldiers the in-state tuition rate. The Soldier is authorized to use/receive CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief grant (used for students to defray the costs of the disruption caused by COVID-19).

 

7. Nursing Prerequisites and Requesting TA: The Soldier chooses the nursing school of their choice given the school meets AECP eligibility criteria. The nursing school   evaluates the Soldier’s transcripts and establishes what course prerequisites are required for an unconditional/conditional letter of acceptance. Required classes typically vary with each school. Tuition assistance (TA) is available through the Soldier’s local Education Center for funding nursing school prerequisites, as needed (given the service member is eligible). Soldiers will request a memo from the nursing school they plan to attend showing what prerequisites are required for admission. The nursing academic advisor will also indicate if the prerequisites from the school, where the Soldier plans to take the prerequisites, will satisfy the admission criteria. The Soldier will then take the memo to their Education Center to further process. Example of TA memo at https://recruiting.army.mil/acp/guidelines-forms/. Typically, memos for the Education Centers to enroll a Soldier into an AMEDD prerequisite track need to include:

 

     a.  The name of the BSN program/school with the prerequisites that are required for acceptance (official school letter head memo), the school that the Soldier will attend to complete the prerequisites, and written verification that the intended pre-requisites will satisfy the program requirements.

 

     b.  The name of each prerequisite class should include the corresponding credits for each class (i.e., BIO 101 Introduction to Biology with Lab 4 credits). Specify if labs are separate or included with the course.

 

     c.  If the Soldier already has a conferred Bachelor’s or higher degree, the Soldier will proceed with the same process as above in requesting a TA memo.

 

8.  Documents Required for Application for AECP:

 

     a.  Unconditional/Conditional Letter of Acceptance – LOA from the school of nursing the Soldier plans to attend. The LOA needs to state the following (see example on the https://recruiting.army.mil/acp/guidelines-forms/.  Expected orientation date (MM/DD/YY), program start date (MM/DD/YY), and tentative graduation date (MM/DD/YY). The LOA must indicate the program can produce a BSN for the Soldier in less than 24 months and must state either: Unconditional or Conditional letter of acceptance. The LOA must state all prerequisites are completed and list all conditions.  The LOA must include the Soldier’s calculated total GPA used for acceptance criteria.  The LOA must state the nursing program’s accreditation through either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) The letter must state the initial accreditation date (MM/DD/YY), last site visit date (MM/DD/YY), and the thru accreditation date (MM/DD/YY). The projected cost of program must be listed in the letter. The cost of tuition and fees must be calculated by each semester or by academic year, to include the summer sessions, and not exceed $15,000 per academic year. If the total tuition and fees are above the $15,000 limit per academic year including the summer session; the school must be willing to agree to waive the excess amount and state this in the LOA. The school must agree for the Soldier to be in an in-state resident status. The school’s LOA will state the nursing program’s first time NCLEX pass rate for the last three consecutive years (not average). The nursing school’s address must be included to determine if the school is within 100 miles of a military treatment facility (MTF). Tricare link at https://www.tricare.mil to locate a MTF.

 

     b.  Letter of purpose and intent - Provides an opportunity for the Soldier to directly address the members of the selection board. The letter permits the Soldier to provide information not contained elsewhere in the application, to clarify or amplify application documents, and to explain their qualifications for AECP and why they would make an excellent Army Nurse Officer. Letter of intent will be no more than one page in length.

 

     c.  Letters of Recommendation (LOR) – A maximum of five LORs are allowed. Each LOR should be in memorandum format and should address the Soldier’s duty performance, critical thinking and reasoning skills, competency, oral and written communication skills, motivation, character, potential for successful completion of nursing school, and potential as an officer   and leader. The LOR will not be more than one page each. A LOR is required from the following individuals:

 

     (1)  Company Commander or Higher (required).

 

     (2)  First line or Immediate Supervisor (required).

 

     (3)  Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) or Deputy Chief Nursing Officer (DCN) of a Military Treatment Facility (MTF) (required). Officer in Charge (OIC) or Department Chiefs are not substitutable for this LOR. **If a Soldier is having issues acquiring an LOR, please email the USAREC program manager group email for assistance.**

 

     (4)  Others - no more than two (2). May be from anyone the Soldier chooses.

 

     d.  Prior Service Records:

 

     (1)  Soldiers will be in the rank of SPC (P) or above. The Soldier must submit all Non-Commissioned Officer Evaluation Reports (NCOER) DA Form 2166-8. No drafts will be accepted. If a Soldier does not have any NCOERs, the chain of command may write a memorandum for record (MFR) for their accomplishments, achievements, character for the rated period.

 

     (2)  All DA 1059’s (Service School Evaluation Report) the Soldier has received. All   awards (submit only award certificates, not the DA 638’s unless the award was downgraded from a higher award).

 

     (3)  The Soldier may also include any other pertinent certifications or professional licenses (i.e., RN, Paramedic, CNA, EMT, etc.). They may include BLS, ALS, PALS, TNCC, NRP, ABLS, etc. If included, all licenses and certificates will be prime source verified (PSV) by the recruiter.

 

     (4)  Soldier Record Brief (SRB) - The Soldier must review the SRB for accuracy. The Military Personnel Office (MILPO) must certify it as a true copy. The Soldier must also sign this copy to verify its correctness. Following Army guidance, the SRB will be the ‘board view’ version without a DA Photo and other personal data.  

 

     (5)  At the time of proposed graduation, the Soldier may not be within 8 months of any retention control points (RCPs). The S1 must validate RCP and either certify on SRB or generate a MFR signed by 1SG or Commander.

 

     e.  Curriculum Vitae (Resume) - Must be typed. Multiple pages are acceptable.

See example on https://recruiting.army.mil/acp/guidelines-forms/.

 

     f.  DA Form 705 Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) - Must have taken and passed the ACFT IAW with Army Directives and guidance at the time of packet submission date. A record fitness test will be dated, signed, and verified by the CDR or 1SG. A DA Form 5500/5501 will be submitted, as required, dated within six months from the deadline submission date, and signed by either the company 1SG or Commander.

 

9.  DA Form 2125 Report to Training Agency (Academic Advisor and the Soldier) – Must be completed by the school’s academic advisor in coordination with the Soldier. The academic plan of study through the DA Form 2125 must show the Soldier will    only be taking upper-division nursing specific courses. An example is on https://recruiting.army.mil/acp/guidelines-forms/.

 

     a.  Must show the specific start date of classes (MM/DD/YY) and a tentative   graduation date (MM/DD/YY). The curriculum must be followed for the duration of the program and not deviate from the original DA Form 2125 submitted to budget. Changes to the original DA Form 2125 curriculum must be approved, by exception, by the AECP Program Manager and must not extend the Soldier beyond the 24-month timeline. Any changes to the DA Form 2125 require a justification from the nursing school for any course add/drop/changes. Soldiers participating in the AECP who are found to be attending classes that were not a part of their original DA Form 2125 and not justified by the nursing school will be subject for immediate removal from the program as well as recoupment through DFAS of all funds expended for tuition, fees, and books from the start of the program up to the date of removal from the program.

 

     b.  All classes the Soldier will be taking must be listed by semester format to include the number of Semester Hours (SH) or Quarter Hours (QH).

 

     c.  The “From” and “To” dates for all semesters of attendance must be in MM/DD/YY format.

 

     d.  All classes will be 3rd and 4th year (Junior/Senior year) classes only i.e., NURSG 300 or NURSG 400. Classes such as ENG 101/102, HIST 101/201, HUM 101/201, etc. are pre-requisites that the Soldier must complete prior to the application deadline.

 

e. The school academic advisor must sign and date on page two and fill out POCinformation which validates the nursing program curriculum. The Soldier signs page one and two.


10. Post Board Responsibilities and Documents:

  a.  Six-year enlistment contract: Once selected for AECP, the Soldier will incur a six-year re-enlistment contract, starting from the first day of the nursing program start date. Twenty-four months covers the Soldier while in school; 48 months covers the service obligation after graduating if the service member is unable to commission. If all requirements are met, the Soldier, upon commissioning as a 2LT, will incur a 48-month Regular Army service obligation as an officer in the Army Nurse Corps.

b.  Selectees will need to work through their retention NCO to facilitate the re-enlistment requirement.

c.  Six-year re-enlistment must cover the Soldier through their nursing school start date. Most Soldiers will need an extension to satisfy this requirement, unless under indefinite service.

d. The Soldier must send post board documents to the USAREC Program Manager and recruiter no later than 120 days before school start date. The USAREC Program Manager will ensure all post-board requirements are fulfilled prior to requesting orders from Human Resources Command (HRC). The AECP Program Manager will work with HRC for selectees to PCS to the nursing school location. All medical and conviction waivers, and any other post-board documentation, must be completed before the post-board deadline. All Soldiers who are not fully qualified in time must reapply to the AMEDD Enlisted Commissioning Program board the following year.

e.  Soldiers selected as alternates on the order of merit list (OML) should refrain from    re-enlisting as an obligation for AECP, unless they are officially notified of their activation from the OML. Soldiers on the OML should continue to work and update their packets in preparation to start nursing school in case of activation.

f.  Appointment as a Regular Army officer in the Army Nurse Corps incurs a four-year Regular Army active-duty service obligation (ADSO) which will eliminate any obligation as an enlisted   service member. Once the Soldier commissions at Basic Officer Leadership Course (BOLC) or their first duty station, HRC will merge enlisted records with the new commissioned record. This is crucial to receiving correct monthly payment/entitlement as an officer. The Soldier will take their officer orders to the closest MPD to out-process as an enlisted Soldier and receive a DD Form 214.

g.  Both selected and alternate Soldiers, must keep the AECP Program Manager informed of all changes to their eligibility status; to include but not limited to:

 (1)  Changes in physical status to include pregnancy and profiles.

(2)  Changes in Moral Eligibility to include law and/or UCMJ violations.

(3)  Any flagging actions, i.e., weight, physical fitness failure, etc. before, during, or after selection to the program.

(4)  Change in academic status (i.e., course failure).

(5)  All other changes or potential reasons for delay.

h.  Soldiers with Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) family members need to be aware they will have to meet additional requirements of HRC and the EFMP i.e., facilities and care available at the gaining installation. EFMP should be updated, if   needed, to ensure that there is no delay in processing of orders. This action should be completed at least 10 months out from starting nursing school.

i.  USAREC Form 601-37.60 Post Board Application Checklist - use the checklist to ensure that the post board documents are complete. This form must be filled out electronically, digitally signed (via CAC) by both the AECP participant and their company commander in the grade of O-3 or above. Participants must complete the USAREC Form 601-37.60 no later than 120 days before school start date or participants will be removed from the AECP select status. The post-board checklist is available on https://recruiting.army.mil/acp/guidelines-forms/.

j.  USAREC Form 601-37.59 AECP Contract - witnessing officers will ensure that the Soldier has read, understood, and completed all items on the form prior to signing. The UF 601-37.59 will be signed by the Soldier’s first commander in the grade of O- 3, or above. An example is available https://recruiting.army.mil/acp/guidelines-forms/.

k.  USAREC Form 601-37.61 Statement of Understanding - witnessing officers will ensure that the Soldiers has read, understood, and completed all items on the form prior to signing. The USAREC Form 601-37.61 will be signed by the Soldier’s first commander in the grade of O-3, or above. An example is available https://recruiting.army.mil/acp/guidelines-forms/.

l.  Long Term Health Education Training (LTHET) Form: Use this form for the book stipend of $1,000 per academic year and to receive reimbursement for the NCLEX. Example on https://recruiting.army.mil/acp/guidelines-forms/. The stipend generally comes the first semester and again on the anniversary the following year.

m. RFA: Soldier will complete the request for assignment (RFA) document in order for the AECP program manager to request orders from HRC. https://recruiting.army.mil/acp/guidelines-forms/.

n.  Once all post-board requirements are submitted, the USAREC Program Manager will review for completion and correctness. If there are any errors the Soldier will be notified via e-mail with a list of required corrections. Corrections should be addressed right away so as not to delay starting school.

 o.  HRC assigns the AECP participant to the AMEDD Student Detachment (ASD), Fort Sam Houston, TX with duty at the participant’s college/university. The Soldier will virtually in-process with 187th Student Detachment virtually by using the Soldier email box at usarmy.jbsa.medical-coe.mbx.student-det@army.mil.  While in the AECP program, the 187th ASD is administratively responsible for all Soldiers (leaves, passes, pay issues, UCMJ, physical fitness tests, HT/WT etc.).

p.  Soldiers must coordinate with their installation Military Personnel Division (MPD) for their orders. The AECP Program Manager only requests for orders (RFA) through HRC. HRC will send an email with instructions to obtain PCS orders directly to the Soldier. Once orders are received the Soldier will immediately email a copy to the AECP Program Manager to enable the initiation of the Soldier’s budget packet. Failure to do so will disrupt scheduled payment to the school. Tuition will not be paid until after the schools add/drop course date.

q.  The Soldier will contact the Bursar’s office and ensure their status is in-state tuition and the payment date is moved at least eight weeks past the add/drop course date to allow the government enough time to process tuition payment.

r.  While participating in AECP, a DA Form 2125 must be submitted to AECP program manager and company leadership within 15 days after completion of each semester. This helps provide academic accountability while in the program and provides the AMEDD budget office visibility that the Soldier will graduate in the projected time frame. Page one and two of DA Form 2125 must be completed in its entirety to include advisors’ signature with the date signed. Failure to submit the DA 2125 to the Program Manager may result in removal from the AECP program. An example is available on https://recruiting.army.mil/acp/guidelines-forms/.

  s.  AECP participants are required to maintain full-time student status. If a participant’s school does not offer summer classes and the Soldier does not use leave, 187th ASD will assist in helping to find a local military agency/unit with which the Soldier can report/participate.

11.  Soldiers must remain medically eligible before and after the board as well as during school enrollment and before commissioning. Pregnancy or other changes in physical status before, during, or after the program MUST be reported to the AECP Program Manager immediately. Changes in physical status may require a new Commissioning Physical and/or a waiver process. Failure to do so will result in immediate removal from the program.

a.  In between the summer of the Soldier’s junior and senior academic years, the Soldier will obtain and submit a second completed commissioning physical (to include labs, hearing, and audiology IAW AR 40-502 and DoDI 6130.03, to the AECP Program Manager for review and submission of final commissioning approval. This submission will include documentation of all changes in physical status/profiles since first approved commissioning physical. Documentation needed will consist of:

b.  Last 2 years of medication history from Tricare.com.

c.  Any, and all encounters with providers.

d.  Profiles.

12.  Constructive credit consideration will be given to a Soldier who has held a Registered Nurse (RN) license, having passed the National Council of Licensure Examination (NCLEX), and has had previous RN work experience in the U.S. or the U.S. Territories. Constructive credit will be calculated per DODI 6000.13.

13.  The National Certification License Exam (NCLEX-RN); must register for the NCLEX-RN within 30 days of graduation date. If the Soldier fails the first attempt, only one more attempt is authorized. Must take the 2nd NCLEX-RN within 30 days of first test date. Failure to pass the second NCLEX-RN test will result in removal from the program and placed back as enlisted needs of the Army.