I am a single mom of a 2 year old. I am going to be joining the Navy as a

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Kristin - posted on 01/02/2013

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I might be able to help. I'm in the navy, as a corpsman, a single mom, and my son is 2. Daycare in base involves a long wait list no matter where you go, so call ahead. Daycare on base at the CDC is amazing the CDH has been good to me as well. I don't know if you are familiar with either. CDC is regular daycare. And CDH is at home daycares provided by the military but still held to the same standards as the CDC. You can join the navy as a single parent. To get on the wait list you must fill out an application and send it to the main daycare office for your region. Once you finish training in Maryland your orders will have a sponsor number Call that number and whoever is assigned to help you should give you all the necessary information you need to help you and your child to easily adjust. The CDC has helped me wonders where as outside daycares are much to pricey. If the CDC and CDH are not a option ask about subsidized daycare. The will give a list of off base daycares and you have your choice from the list. Hope I helped some

Liz - posted on 12/28/2012

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Ok. Thanks. And you can join as a single mom in the officers program with the Nurse Corps. I already did join being a single mom and I can keepp full custody of my daughter. The only thing they require is that you have a primary care provider when and only if I deploy. As an enlisted personel you can't join as a single mom though. You are probably thinking of enlisted people not officers.

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Keiana - posted on 12/16/2013

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I just called an air force recruiter and because I am a single mother I cannot join even if I sign over custody. What branch would accept me?

Liz - posted on 01/04/2013

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how often do the registered nurses in the navy deploy? what do deployments consist of? where do they usually go? is there different areas in nursing where you deploy more then others?

Liz - posted on 01/04/2013

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Kristin you just helped me tremendously!!! Thank you! I am not very familiar with CDC or CDH. How does CDH work? Do they have people that babysit in your home that are hired through the military? Like they would be able to babysit nights and weekends too? what is military one source? I have sooo many questions for you. I hope you don't mind. : ) How do you like working as a corpman in the navy? What hospitals have you worked at? Tell me everything you know about what it is like working in the hospitals, anything you can think of.

Rachel - posted on 12/28/2012

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Thank you soooo much LIz, I think no one has called me back since it is during holidays....... I will keep you posted... :) i was depressed all day over this...

Liz - posted on 12/28/2012

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Hmm. Yes I would definitely keep trying to talk to someone else because you can definitely join the nurse corps as a single mom. Is the recruiter you talked to a medical recruiter? Because you don't want to talk to a regular recruiter that works with the enlisted personel. They have no idea what to do when it comes to the this program. I can give you the number to the nursing recruiter I went through and he might be able to tell you who to talk to in your area if you want or answer any question you may have. He is HM1 O'berry or Heathe is his first name and his office number is 402-619-1514.

Rachel - posted on 12/28/2012

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I actually dropped by recruiter today. All he bragged about was his wife is an RN and she already had Bachelor's. He did not even understand I am an RN who works in the hospital (which is experience ) and also going to school for BSN at this time. I think he does not know there are ADN and BSN. so I left voice message to the right person. Also this recruiter said since I am a single mom, no branch in the military would not accept me. very discouraging............. I graduated with my ADN back in 2011 May :) I do have Bachelor's degree but it is not in nursing..

Liz - posted on 12/28/2012

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And I actually already did four years as enlisted in the navy so I am very familiar with how things go in the Navy, if you have any questions feel free to ask!

Liz - posted on 12/28/2012

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Rachel- I am so glad I could help you! : ) As far as the Navy goes I do believe there is an age limit of 40 to join as the Nurse Corps. Right now my daughter goes to daycare and my sister helps watch her, but when I get stationed anywhere on either coasts I will be far enough away from any family so I won't be able to use them as sitters. I know there are a lot of stay at home moms in the Navy because their husbands are in it, so hopefully I can find a mom who would just like some extra money and knows the life of the Navy. Good luck to you too! When do you think you will be joining? I am actually still working on my BSN in school and the program I am in as part of the Navy Nurse Candidate Program is to help you through school and then upon graduation I am already set to commission in May 2014. But since you already have your BSN I know there is a direct commision way for RN's too and it comes with a nice bonus too! : ) Maybe we will end up in ODS together! haha.

Rachel - posted on 12/28/2012

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You have the same plan as I am wishing for ! :) I am also a nurse and my dream is to be a military nurse. I know you posted to ask advices but you gave me the advice. I haven't joined yet but when I asked the recruiter, he said there is no age limit (as far as Navy, Air Force has age limit of 34 I believe) Is that true? What are you doing with childcare at this moment? Nurses do work crazy hours anyway regardless days or nights... I tend to make friends who are in the same boat... other single moms or who were single moms before... they are more than willing to help, someitmes they have teenager daughters who want extra money, I give them $20 per day or night to watch my son (he is 6, he does everything by himself) Perfect situation would be they come to my house to watch my son but I think if I do want that, I might as well hire professional nannies and they are way expensive for a single mom... I usually drop my son off to friend's house before I go work and once I am done working I pick him up.... it is a lot of work but I am just glad I have help...... you will find some help or hire nannies on reliable websites.... wish you the best luck !

Liz - posted on 12/28/2012

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It is called the Navy Nurse Candidate Program that I am in that you can be a single mom and keep full custody while joining active duty.

Amy - posted on 12/28/2012

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Honestly based on what I read the other day usually the military doesn't allow simgle mothers to join unless you have a waiver which is rareky done, so I highly doubt they offer much assistance for child care. I believe there is a military community on COM you may find a better response there.

Liz - posted on 12/27/2012

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Ya that is what I was thinking. I just wanted to see what other single moms might have done in the situation. Like if there are any good reliable agencies to find babysitters or if the military offers anything for single moms to help find daycare. Thanks for your response.

Amy - posted on 12/27/2012

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You're going to have to rely on family or find a daycare center that has night hours and weekend hours.

Liz - posted on 12/27/2012

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I am a single mom of a 2 year old. I am going to be joining the Navy next year as a navy nurse and I was wondering what my options are for daycare for my daughter when I have to work nights or duty days on the weekends? What do other single moms do?

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