In The Navy
Navy nurses, like all other medical professionals in the military, are paid a set salary dependent on rank and time in service, plus a professional differential to make up the difference between Navy and civilian pay rates. Navy nurses deployed to war zones also receive special pay to compensate for the hazardous duty and other hardships associated with deployment.
The requirements to meet in order to qualify to be a nurse in the navy are:
- Be a U.S. citizen currently practicing in the U.S.
- Be a student or graduate in good standing of a U.S. education program granting a bachelor of science degree and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
- Be licensed to practice in a U.S. state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or a U.S. territory (new graduates must obtain a license within one year of beginning Active Duty service)
- Be willing to serve a minimum of three years of Active Duty
- Be between the ages of 18 and 41
- Be in good physical condition and pass a full medical examination
Special Military Pay
Navy nurses are part of the Nursing Corps and entitled to special pay beyond regular salary. Nurses who did not have their nursing school paid for by the military are entitled to a $5,000 signing bonus. Nurses who are trained, board-certified nurse-anesthesiologists are eligible for an additional bonus of up to $6,000 per year if the military paid for nursing school and up to $15,000 per year if their nursing school was covered elsewhere. Nurses are not considered part of the Medical Corps, which also includes doctors and psychiatrists and are therefore not eligible for those bonuses.
Through a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) scholarship, the Navy can cover the full cost – up to $180,000 – of your nursing education at some of the best colleges and universities in the country.
With the Nurse Candidate Program (NCP), you can get an initial grant of $10,000, plus a annual sum of $1,000 per month for up to 24 months. That’s up to $34,000 to help pay your way through nursing school.