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Duty Under Instruction or Going to Graduate School Courtesy of the Navy …. Kathleen M Brennan LT NC USN BSN RN CPN RNC CLC. Where it ALL began …. Timeline of my [ SHORT ] Navy Career. Villanova University NROTC August 1999 – May 2003 Naval Medical Center San Diego

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Duty Under Instructionor Going to GraduateSchoolCourtesy of the Navy…

Kathleen M Brennan



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Whereit ALL began….

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Timeline of my [SHORT] Navy Career

  • Villanova University NROTC

    • August 1999 – May 2003

  • Naval Medical Center San Diego

    • July 2003 – July 2006

  • Naval Hospital Naples, Italy

    • July 2006 – July 2009

  • DUINS @ Villanova University

    • August 2009 – December 2010

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What is DUINS?

  • Duty Under Instruction

  • Opportunity to complete a graduate degree or post graduate degree in a specialty area

  • Funded by the Navy

    • Tuition and fees are paid in full

    • Full pay and allowances are granted

  • Payback is 3 years for 12 months of school, then 6 months of service for each additional 6 months of school

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Goals of DUINS

  • Prepare Nurse Corps Officer to Meet Subspecialty Need

  • Promote Attainment of Professional Knowledge

  • Recruiting and Retention

  • Recognize Individual’s Education Aspirations

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DUINS for How Many?

  • A maximum of 153 students in DUINS at any one time. Annual Military DUINS Selections

    • Range from 72 to 82

    • Federal Civilian RNs have been budgeted for five opportunities each year at this time.

    • Dependent on training billet vacancies

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Requirements for DUINS

  • Academics:

    • Strong BSN GPA (3.0 or higher)

    • GRE >1000

    • A’s in graduate level courses taken on own

  • Experience:

    • 2 years active service as a Nurse Corps Officer

  • Recommendations:

    • Command Endorsement, Specialty Leader Endorsement, 3 letters of recommendation

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Recommendations for DUINS

  • Overseas Tour

  • Certifications

    • Clinical subspecialties


  • Fitness Reports

    • Above “Reporting Senior’s Average”

    • Involvement in the command, community, church, etc.

  • OSR

    • Make sure it is up to date!

  • Early Contact with Detailer/DUINS

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What can I study in DUINS?

  • Manpower Analysis

  • Education and Training

  • Health Care Management

  • Med-Surg Nursing

  • Maternal/Infant Nursing

  • Pediatric Nursing

  • Mental Health Nursing

  • Community Health Nursing

  • JC Fellowship

  • ER/Trauma Nursing

  • Perioperative Nursing

  • Critical Care Nursing

  • CRNA

  • Mental Health NP

  • Pediatric NP

  • Family NP

  • Certified Nurse Midwife

  • PhD, DNP, PhD CRNA

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What Schools can I attend if Selected for DUINS?

  • FNP, MH NP, CRNA, and Perioperative Nursing are required to apply to the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) as one of their choices.

  • If applying to school and returning from OCONUS Europe – apply to East Coast Schools. IF returning from OCONUS Far East – apply to West Coast Schools.

  • Research schools that are within close proximity to your current duty station or future duty station.

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DUINS Universities

  • Catholic University

  • SDSU

  • University of San Diego

  • George Mason University

  • Rush University

  • Duke University

  • University of VA

  • University of Pennsylvania

  • Villanova University

  • Johns Hopkins University

  • Hampton University

  • Penn State University

  • University of Florida

  • University of Maryland

  • University of Kentucky

  • UC San Francisco

  • UNC

  • Loma Linda University

  • University of Washington

  • University of Colorado

  • University of Texas

  • University of Kentucky

  • Georgetown University

  • Marquette University

  • Old Dominion University

  • UCLA


  • Texas A&M


  • University of Hawaii

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How to Apply for DUINS

  • Begin the process and planning 1 year before you intend to submit a DUINS application

  • Notify NC Programs at NMPT&E by sending a letter of intent

  • Print out a copy of BUMED Instruction 1520.27 F. (this is the DUINS Bible!)

  • Complete GRE’s if required for your university

  • Apply to schools with the program you would like to complete (at least 2 different schools)

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Completing the DUINS Application

  • Program and school requested ( 1st/2nd choice)

  • School acceptance letters

  • Curriculum plan

  • Current contact information

  • PRD and discussions with detailer

  • Obligated service

  • Certifications/Subspecialty Codes

  • PRT Scores

  • Professional and Military Experience

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Completing the DUINS Application

  • Transcripts

  • GRE/GMAT scores if needed

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)

  • Endorsement from Specialty Leader

  • Personal Statement (250 word limit)

  • Obligation Statement

  • Privacy Act Statement


  • SUMBIT (and keep your fingers crossed!)

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Requirements while in DUINS

  • Check in with sponsoring command/NROTC/PSD

  • Notify NMPT&E of arrival

  • Arrange classes, textbooks, school supplies, parking pass

  • Attend ALL classes

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA

  • Maintain height/weight standards

  • BCA/PFA completed 2x year

  • Fitness Reports are “Not Observed”

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Requirements while in DUINS

  • Submit grades to NMPT&E at the end of each semester

  • Submit cost quotes and school bills to NMPT&E each semester – they pay the bill…

  • Submit Leave Chit if leaving the area

  • NO Moonlighting – school is your “JOB”

  • TAD only if required for school

  • Study hard, have fun, enjoy being back in school!

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Pros of DUINS

  • Great education

  • Minimal cost to you

  • You get paid your full salary for going to school

  • Maintain time in service/rank

  • Looks great at promotion boards

  • Flexible Scheduling

  • Time away from the Navy

  • School is your “JOB”

  • Opportunity to see how civilian hospital function

  • New friends

  • Easy to save money

  • School holidays are your days off

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Cons of DUINS

  • Commitment after graduation

  • Not eligible for bonus until commitment complete

  • Time away from the Navy

  • Change in pace from normal work schedule

  • Not allowed to “work”

  • Can be lonely

  • Easy to spend money

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My DUINS Package

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.6

  • Applying from overseas

  • Experience in Inpatient Pediatrics, High Risk Labor and Delivery, Med-surg, Education

  • Rejuvenated the Health Promotions Department

  • Certifications as a Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN), OB-RNC, Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC)

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My DUINS Package

  • Passed ALL BCA’s and PFA’s

    (Outstandingon 90% of them)

  • Command Activities: Teen Clinic, Family Advocacy Committee, Instructor for NRP and PALS

  • Letters of Recommendation

  • Personal Statement

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Things to think about

  • What can you do that makes you stand out?

  • Are your fitness reports competitive?

  • Have you passed your BCA’s and PFA’s?

  • Are you ready to go back to school to study and write papers?

  • If you don’t go to USUHS, what military support is around you?

  • How far are family/friends from the schools you are applying to?

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My DUINS Experience

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  • BUMED Instruction 1520.27F

  • CDR Kenneth Page@ NC Programs


    (301) 295-5773


  • Speak to your specialty leader or detailer

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LT Kathleen Brennan



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