POC Change my Major

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  1. ryguy115

    ryguy115 Member

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    I am a junior POC in Air Force ROTC right now. I am on a type 1 scholarship within the nursing program and absolutely hate what i do. I thought i would be interested in the medical field but i find it incredibly strenuous and boring. My questions is, what is the process for changing my major this late in the game. I know it CAN be done i am just curious as to what the procedures are. I also understand that i would probably loose my scholarship. At this point, i don't even care because i hate nursing so much. Any information at all would help. Thanks
     
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    If I understand correctly, you have completed three years of nursing on the AF's dime. What degree do you think you can graduate with at the end of the next year even if AFROTC approves the change?
     
  3. kinnem

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    Excellent point!
     
  4. Aglahad

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    You do know it gets a lot better after school right? The medical field is anything but boring to be honest. I am sure the care plans and pathophys is getting REAL tedious right now but I think you should stick it out. There are unlimited amount of opportunities in the military for med professionals. Nursing can be the "suck" I know.

    Trust me I have been in your position, it gets better. When you start tagging CCRN, CNE or maybe CRNA on the end of your name the pay starts to climb substantially as well as the unique opportunities. The only degree you could scrape out in 1/2 years right now would probably be worth far less and who knows you might hate it too...

    Stay put, once you get to pick your preceptorship life improves a lot.
     
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  5. Pima

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    I agree with Agagles and kinnem regarding what major do you think you can graduate with only 2 semesters left.

    I would also think from an ADAF manpower needs perspective they already have you slated to go into Nursing.

    Manpower needs are set not only by yr group, but AFSCs too. Thus, even if you could graduate in a yr., they may say that they are over manned and dis-enroll you. You could land up owing your scholarship back.

    You took a scholarship promising to serve in a specific career field, like the ABM/CSO scholarship. You would be in default and that would allow them to say good bye even if you could graduate in time.

    Currently, there are 2 threads regarding dis-enrollment. One on here that involves AROTC and NROTC, one on AFA regarding an AFA cadet. All 3 will not be serving as enlisted, they will be paying a hefty chunk of change for at least 4 yrs and up to 10 yrs with interest. Don't assume this is just about losing your scholarship for the last yr., but more so about paying back the 3 yrs they paid for and dis-enrolling you from AFROTC.

    I would think very long and hard about this decision. I would sit down with your adviser. Ask them the likelihood in this current environment that they will keep you. Also start looking into career fields because if they do, your AFSC board will be meeting very shortly after you return to school next fall.
     
  6. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    What did your cadre say when you asked them???
     
  7. ryguy115

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    cross train

    thanks for all your feedback. I have for the most part decided to stay put where i am. The uncertainties of dropping my major and ultimately leaving my fate in the hands of headquarters has given me a new perspective. I have talked to several cadre members around my area and they have all suggested i stick it out. Worst comes to worst, i can cross train in a couple years once on active duty.

    That brings me to my next question. Does anyone have information on the cross training process. All i really know is that officers are able to cross train more easily than enlisted members early on. Anyone have input/suggestions/facts about this?! thanks again
     

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