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The Nurse Candidate Program provides a monthly stipend for full time students in accredited Bachelor of Science Nursing programs accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc (NLNAC). Students can enroll after their sophomore year and receive an initial grant of $10,000 (paid in two installments of $5000 each), plus $1000 a month for up to 24 months.
After graduation, participants join the Navy Nurse Corps as an Officer, with the opportunity to earn a competitive salary, regular promotions, comprehensive medical and dental coverage, low cost travel opportunities, excellent retirement and educational benefits, further training, and a rewarding clinical practice. Additional benefits include 30 days of paid vacation a year, use of military recreational facilities around the world, the opportunity to serve around the world in a variety of facilities, and be a part of supportive team of highly trained professionals.
1. Requirements for selection:
2. Active Duty Service Obligation:
3. To apply for the NCP Program:
To find a medical programs recruiter near you, please go to the Navy Recruiting website located at www.navy.com. There you will find a link to "Find a Recruiter" located on the right side of the page under the heading “Request Information.” Click on that, and once you get to that page, enter your zip code under the heading “Locate a Recruiter.” provide the zip code where you will be located at the time you would like to speak and work with a recruiter, then hit “Find.” The site will give you two possibilities for a recruiter. Call the number listed for OFFICER PROGRAMS.
Once enlisted into the NCP Program, you are assigned to Navy Medicine (NM) Accessions Department. The NM Accessions staff are responsible for all aspects of your career in the NCP and transition to active duty. As a member of NCP you are a member of the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) at a rank of Officer Candidate Under Instruction Second Class (OCUI2). Time in this program does not count for retirement or pay purposes (longevity).
Please note: Once enlisted in the NCP, your recruiter has no responsibility for you or your career. Please do not send transcripts or other documents to your recruiter. All correspondence and discussion regarding your career in the Navy is conducted with the NM Accessions Department.
Signing Bonus. Each NCP participant receives a $10,000 (taxable) signing bonus. Your first $5000 is paid within 2-4 weeks of your benefit start date if we have received your NCP enlistment documents, and the second $5000 is paid after 6 months in the program.
Stipend. NCP participants receive $1000 a month (taxable) paid in $500 increments on the 1st and the 15th of the month. Your stipend stops on your graduation date. You will receive no further money until you report for active duty.
Tuition, Reimbursement, Annual Training. NCP participants are NOT ENTITLED to tuition payments, reimbursement for books, fees, equipment, etc., or annual training.
ID Card. As a participant in the IRR you are eligible for a Reserve Identification Card (Reserve ID Card). As a member of the IRR, you are permitted unlimited use of military commissaries, exchanges, and recreational facilities (Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard). Your ID card is your key to using these facilities. There are many exchanges and commissaries scattered around the country which provide significant savings. For information on how to obtain an ID card while in the NCP, please click here.
Obligation to Serve on Active Duty. NCP participants sign a contract to service on active duty commensurate with the length of the benefit received. Up to 12 months of the NCP benefit results in a 4 year obligation. Any benefit over 12 months results in is a 5 year obligation to serve on active duty.
Military Signature. Your rank while in the NCP is Officer Candidate Under Instruction Second Class or OCUI2. When you sign your name on official documents, it should look like the following:
OCUI2 Joe Schmidlap
Failure to comply may result in termination of your scholarship.
1. Information and Status Changes. While in the NCP program, you are required to keep the Accessions Department informed of changes in academic status, address, telephone number, e-mail address, dependency status and physical condition. Any changes to the above should be sent via e-mail to USN.OHSTUDENT@HEALTH.MIL.
2. Academic Changes. You must have approval from the Program Manager, NAVMED Accessions Department BEFORE you change your program, school, length of time in school, or graduation date. Requests should be sent in writing to the NAVMED Accessions Department Registrar via e-mail at USN.OHSTUDENT@HEALTH.MIL. Request should be sent a minimum of 6 months prior to the requested change.
3. Physical Requirements
4. Academic Requirements
1. Active Duty Assignment Duty Preference Sheet. The Duty Preference Sheet is a document in which you provide information about your preferences for your first active duty assignment. It will be sent via e-mail by the NM Accessions Department NCP Career Manager 6-7 months prior to your graduation. Guidance and information on how to fill in the document will be sent with the Duty Preference Sheet. You must send the Duty Preference Sheet back to the NCP Career Manager by the listed due date. Do not contact the Detailer directly until you have been told to do so.
2. Duty Assignment. Typically, NCP graduates are assigned to one of the following duty stations for their first assignment:
3. Graduation and Commissioning.
Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
7700 Arlington Blvd. Ste. 5113 Falls Church, VA 22042-5113
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