Army Nurses

Fort Dix, NJ

The New Jersey National Guard was an all-male organization until January 1957, when two nurses, Captain Frances R. Comstock and 1st Lieutenant Lucille Valentino of Paterson were sworn in as members of the 114th Mobile Surgical Hospital.


Army Nurse Corps

Nurses are commissioned as Nurse Corps officers in the Army Medical Department (AMEDD). Nursing is a critical component of providing healthcare support in the identification and
treatment of medical threat illnesses during conflicts, humanitarian missions, other contingency operations, and peacetime; and in the surveillance, reporting, and controlling of communicable diseases among Soldiers and host nation populations. Army nurses work in many clinical areas and their scope of practice contributes to the prevention of illness and promotion / maintenance of health. Army nurses participate in comprehensive community assessments in order to plan, implement, and evaluate public health programs and to establish activities designed to promote, protect, and restore the health of service members, their families, and other affiliated members/groups with the military community. Nursing officers demonstrate and apply progressive and integrative levels of clinical, administrative, educational, and research knowledge and skills in their career development.

In addition to the standard benefits, the National Guard offers additional incentives for Nurse Corps officers:

    WWII Recruiting Poster
  • No incentives available at this time.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Be between the ages of 21 and 48.
  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be eligible to receive a secret security clearance.
  • Must have a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree.
  • RN applicants must have graduated from an accredited nursing program, have passed the National Council Licensure Examination - Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) and have an unrestricted licensed to practice. Applicants who passed a RN licensing examination, other than the NCLEX-RN, prior to 12 December 1986 are eligible for appointment.
  • Nurse Practitioner applicants must have a MS degree in an advanced nursing specialty from an accredited school of nursing and satisfy the state‚Äôs licensing requirements.
  • Must be a graduate of a nursing education program accredited by an agency recognzied by the US Secretary of Education and acceptable to the Department of the Army.* These include:
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN),
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE),
  • The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA),
  • State agencies and accrediting bodies recognized for the approval of nurse education.
  • * Graduates of non-accredited nursing programs may become eligible by completing an accredited nursing degree program in the U.S., District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a U.S. Territory.

Contact Us

For more information contact our AMEDD recruiter.

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