Enlisted Airmen selected for 2017 nursing program

The Air Force has selected 35 active-duty enlisted Airmen for the 2017 Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program. Airmen selected will attend nursing school full-time this fall, allowing them to focus on their education. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The Air Force has selected 35 active-duty enlisted Airmen for the 2017 Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program. Airmen selected will attend nursing school full-time this fall, allowing them to focus on their education. (U.S. Air Force photo)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas -- Almost three dozen active-duty enlisted Airmen have been selected for the 2017 Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program following the April 17-19 selection board at the Air Force Personnel Center.

The board met to review records and identify the top applicants for a commissioning opportunity in this critical career field, said Tech. Sgt. Michael McCabe, Nurse Career Management branch noncommissioned officer in charge. This year, 35 Airmen were selected.

“Qualified, dedicated nurses are critical to the military and civilian communities,” McCabe said. “Candidates go through rigorous screening to identify those who are ready for the responsibility and highly likely to succeed in the school and career field.”

Airmen selected will attend nursing school full-time this fall, allowing them to focus on their education. They’ll earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing at a college or university with an Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps detachment or a college or university with a "cross-town agreement," and attend school year-round in a resident-based program for up to 24 consecutive calendar months, to include summer sessions.

“While they’re in school, NECP students receive all pay and allowances,” McCabe said. “In addition, senior airmen selected are promoted to staff sergeant prior to starting the program.”

After graduating, Airmen who pass the National Council Licensure Examination and receive their nursing licenses will be commissioned as second lieutenants. They will then attend Commissioned Officer Training and the Nurse Transition Program, and move to a final assignment location.

The next board will convene in April 2018, with updated eligibility information available this fall.

For the selection list and most recent application instructions and requirements, visit myPers. Select “Active Duty Enlisted” from the dropdown menu and search “NECP.”

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