Good Or Bad Idea To Join The Air Force?

i’m 21 years old, i’m a nurse as an LPN. the recruiters make everything sound nice when it comes to further my education. I want to become a doctor eventually. i would like to serve our country by making sure our soldiers are healthy. can you be an officer if you have an associate degree? overall am i making the right choice?

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  1. To be an officer in any branch, you must have a 4-year Bachelor’s degree. Joining the Air Force (or any branch) is great if the notion of serving your country appeals to you. YOu are probably aware of the many benefits granted to servicemembers. But know that those benefits are earned. Military service in any branch requires serious commitment. It took a heck of an effort on your part to get through LPN school. If you can take that same drive and motivation and apply it to military service, you will be successful.

  2. The airforce would be good to join. However you may want to check out the other branches, specifically the army. The medical fields for each is a little different so make sure you have all of the information to make an informed decision before selecting a branch. I know that both branches can pay back student loans from your LPN and both can pay for new school. With only an associates you cannot go Officer, but once you have your BS you can apply to go officer. So you will want to research which branch offers the best incentive package for your needs now, and which would be easier to go officer later after they pay for you to get your bachelors. I thought that in the Army you could go Warrant officer with an associates, but you should check with the recruiter. If you went WO and then wanted to go commisioned officer later it would be much easier.