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AF, VSU team up to train nurses

January 14, 2008

Valdosta - The Air Force has found its own way to battle a nationwide nursing shortage.

They began the Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program, which will provide scholarships for enlisted airmen to get a nursing degree.

Each airmen selected is required to attend school full time but will stay on active duty and receive full pay and benefits.

Only a small number of airmen have been chosen to begin the program.

Once they graduate they can begin a number of much needed medical jobs in the military.

"25 people were selected Air Force wide. Of those 25, three of us are from Moody," says SSgt Michael Jessup.

"This opens several doors of opportunity, not just one specific area," adds SSgt Jacqlyn Sanchez.

"I'll be able to pursue nursing and be a better asset for the Air Force," says SSgt Crystal Hughes.

The three airmen selected from Moody Air Force Base will attend the accelerated nursing program at Valdosta State University for the next two years.

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