Military Science Department

Army Nursing

Army nursing cadets standing in front of Tripler Army Medical Center
Two nursing cadets at their summer internship at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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).

Three nursing students working on a patient
Nursing students completing a simulation during one of their class periods

Participation 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

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