Military Science Department

Army Nursing

Nurse Examining Child

What do Army nurses do?

Army nurses function as RNs in military hospitals providing patient care to soldiers and families. They work 40 hours per week in modern JCAHO-approved facilities with the most advanced equipment. Like their civilian counterparts, they wear white uniforms or scrubs. 85% of Army nurses are married, and 40% have children.

Career Progression

  • Charge Nurse
  • Committee Chairperson
  • Patient Teaching
  • Supervisor to Civilian and Other Staff
  • Nurse Manager with Four Years of Active Duty
  • Military Education and Higher Learning (Doctoral Studies)

In addition, Army nurses are guaranteed specialty training during their first year (OB-GYN, Critical Care, Psychiatric, Preoperative) and have the opportunity to pursue master’s or doctoral studies, full time at full pay in the areas of Nurse Anesthesia, Family Nurse Practitioner, Midwifery, Health Care Administration, Nursing Informatics, Preventive Health, and Adult Health. All active duty Army nurses have a BSN or higher. Pay is comparable to or higher than a civilian nurse, and nurses receive regular raises and promotions. Specialty pay is also available for Army nurses with master’s degrees (37% of Army nurses have a master’s).

Picture of students in the ROTC Nursing ProgramParticipation in Military Science

Participation in ROTC during college involves class two times per week (1-3 hour class per semester), a leadership lab once a week, and fitness training three times a week. Army nursing cadets go to the Leadership Development and Assessment Course and the Nurse Summer Training Program between their junior and senior years. Contracted cadets have a four-year obligation upon graduation.


  • Medical and dental care
  • Travel opportunities with moving and travel costs provided by the government
  • 30 days paid vacation per year
  • 20-year retirement

To learn more, contact:
Mr. Justin Hirniak
Department of Military Science
Truman State University
Kirksville, Missouri 63501
Phone: (660) 785-4453
FAX: (660) 785-4350

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As an Army nurse, I not only get specialized training in my area, I’m also responsible for being the charge nurse immediately in my career. Educational opportunities are highly encouraged so I can perform my job to the highest standard of nursing.  I also perform additional duties, provide leadership for committees and constantly find ways to improve care for my patients.

1LT Kathryn Spiegel, Former Truman Nursing Student and Army Nurse