Non-Traditional seeking advice on when to apply to Med school among other things.

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Aug 7, 2015
I've relatively recently decided that I would like to enter the medical field and go Active Duty military (I'm currently Guard). I'm trying to decide between going to medical school or becoming a CRNA. I currently have almost none of the prerequisites for medical school besides English and Math from a prior degree. I have a few big decisions to make and I've been going over them over and over (and over and over and over) in my head and I just need some advice.

I'm currently thinking about going to nursing school and getting my ADN Fall 2016-Spring 2018 and getting medical experience while getting paid. I'd finish my prerequisites and probably not be done until Dec. 2018. Or, I could start working on my prerequisites this semester (Fall 2015) at my local community college and probably finish December 2016. The upside to going to Nursing school is I get valuable medical experience while getting paid. Also, another upside is if for some reason the Medical school doesn't work out then at least if I finished prerequisites I'd have more than enough for CRNA school.

I think my BIGGEST problem is that I don't completely understand how the medical school application process goes. If I started my prerequisites this semester (Fall 2015) and finished by December 2016 and took the MCAT before May 2017 would I be applying for the 2018 school year? If so, is there a way I could apply to medical school before I was finished with my prerequisites (say June 2016) and take the MCAT in Spring 2017 and try to get in for Fall 2017 instead of waiting for 2018? It seems like by the time I get an interview I'd be working on my last prerequisite anyway and preparing for my MCAT.

Just a little background, I'm an African American 28 year old male currently in law enforcement with military experience. I graduated the University of Al with a 3.63 (screwed around my freshman year). I really want to go Active to serve my country full time. I know some of you are curious to why a cop wants to get into the medical field. The truth is that I'm just tired of putting my life on the line and hearing of a cop dying weekly on the news and no one caring,but goings nuts when a cop kills a criminal in self-defense. Anyway, I'm hoping that I can get some helpful responses.
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