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Saving lives on and off the battlefield.

Medical specialists work firsthand with other medics and doctors to treat combat emergencies, stabilize wounded Soldiers and prepare them for evacuation. Medics are trained in triage, CPR, basic life support and emergency techniques.

The medical field also offers opportunities to conduct clinical tests as a laboratory specialist or dental assistant. During peacetime, Guard medical specialists offer much-needed international humanitarian and emergency response to the victims of local disaster.

 

BONUSES AND LOANS
Most medical specialties offer financial incentives so you can earn more.

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS
A critical officer position in the Guard, your skills will be tested as a PA.

  • 68A Biomedical Equipment Repairer

    OVERVIEW
    The biomedical equipment specialist is primarily responsible for servicing and maintaining all medical equipment.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Service and maintain medical equipment with mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electronic, digital, optical and radiological principals
    • Figure out power and space requirements for medical equipment installations
    • Install medical equipment
    • Prepare and submit medical equipment reports


    TRAINING
    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and 41 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including practice in repairing and replacing equipment parts. Part of this time is spent in the classroom, and part in the field.

    Advanced Individual Training: 41 weeks at Fort Sam Houston, TX

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Principles of electronics
    • Use and maintenance of electrical and electronic test equipment
    • Equipment repair exercises


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Experience working with electronic equipment
    • Interest in mathematics and solving problems
    • High attention to detail


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Electronics (EL): 107

    WARRANT OFFICER TRACK
    670A Health Services Maintenance Technician

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career as an electronic instrument repairer with commercial manufacturing, medical research and satellite communications firms—or even airline companies.

    Through your extensive Army training and some additional study, you may also qualify for International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians certification as a Certified Electronics Technician, Associate Level; or a Certified Electronics Technician, Journeyman Level-Medical.


  • 68D Operating Room Specialist

    OVERVIEW
    The operating room specialist assists the nursing staff in preparing the patient and the operating room environment for surgery and for providing assistance to the medical staff during surgical procedures. They also operate the centralized material service and are responsible for preparing and maintaining sterile medical supplies and special equipment for medical treatment facilities.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Provide assistance to the medical staff during surgical procedures to include the creation and maintenance of sterile fields for surgical procedures
    • Assist in preparing patients and operating room environment for surgery
    • Perform various preoperative and postoperative procedures as directed; this does not include the manipulation of tissue (e.g., cutting, suturing, cannulating, grafting, sawing or drilling)
    • Responsible for the sterilization process, which includes inspecting, cleaning, assembling, warping and sterilizing equipment


    TRAINING
    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and 19 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, which includes on-the-job instruction.

    Advanced Individual Training: 19 weeks at Fort Sam Houston, TX

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Emergency medical treatment
    • Basic nursing care
    • Knowledge of the human body
    • Minor surgical procedures
    • Clinical laboratory procedures
    • Methods for diagnosing diseases


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Interest in helping and caring for others
    • Ability to communicate effectively and work under stressful conditions
    • Interest in chemistry, biology, psychology, general science and algebra
    • High attention to detail


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Skilled Technical (ST): 91

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a future with hospitals, clinics, nursing homes or rehabilitation centers. With an operating room specialist background, you may consider a career as a medical assistant, medication aide or physician assistant.

    After completing your Advanced Individual Training as an operating room specialist, you may pursue certification as a certified surgical technologist.


  • 68E Dental Specialist

    OVERVIEW
    The dental specialist is primarily responsible for assisting Army dentists in the examination and treatment of patients, as well as helping to manage dental offices.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Prepare dental operatory; select and arrange instruments; measure and record temperature, blood pressure and pulse; and assist dentist during patient exams
    • Assist with administration of anesthesia, and in the placement and removal of sutures
    • Prepare restorative and impression materials
    • Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and operate resuscitative equipment


    TRAINING
    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and eight weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including practicing dental care tasks. Part of this time is spent in the classroom, and part in the field.

    Advanced Individual Training: 8 weeks at Fort Sam Houston, TX

    Some of the skills you'€™ll learn are:

    • Preventive dentistry
    • Dental office procedures
    • Radiology (X-ray) techniques
    • Dental hygiene procedures


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Interest in biology and chemistry
    • Enjoy helping others
    • Good hand-eye coordination
    • Ability to follow spoken instructions and detailed procedures


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Skilled Technical (ST): 91

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a future at dental offices or clinics. You’ll be qualified to assist dentists in the treatment of patients, as well as provide support as a dental assistant or dental hygienist.

    With your extensive Army training and some additional study, you may qualify for certification with either the American Medical Technologists as a registered dental assistant or with the Dental Assisting National Board as a certified dental assistant.


  • 68G Patient Administrator Specialist

    OVERVIEW
    The patient administrator specialist is primarily responsible for supervising and performing administrative duties in the patient administration division of an Army hospital or other medical facility.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Compile data and prepare required statistical reports
    • Initiate correspondence pertaining to medical records, medical board proceedings, line of duty investigations, and other records and reports pertaining to patient administration
    • Apply knowledge of medical terminology as it applies to anatomy and physiology
    • Maintain a medical record-tracking system within the medical treatment facility


    TRAINING
    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and six weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including practice in various office functions.

    Advanced Individual Training: 6 weeks, 3 days at Fort Sam Houston, TX

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • English grammar, spelling and punctuation
    • Typing and clerical skills
    • Setting up and maintaining filing and publication systems
    • Preparing forms and correspondence in military style


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Ability to keep organized and accurate records
    • Interest in English, mathematics, business administration and typing
    • Preference for office work


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Clerical (CL): 90

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    Your Army training will be extremely valued in positions such as clerk typists, secretaries, general office clerks, administrative assistants or office managers—whether it’s as a hospital administrator or in another corporate environment.

    With your extensive Army training and some additional study, you may qualify for certification with the American Medical Technologists as a registered medical assistant.


  • 68H Optical Laboratory Specialist

    OVERVIEW
    The optical laboratory specialist is primarily responsible for making and repairing eyeglasses that are provided for Army personnel.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Surface lens blanks, fabricates and repairs
    • Assemble prescription spectacles
    • Maintain tools and equipment


    TRAINING
    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and 24 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including practice in making and repairing optical devices.

    Advanced Individual Training: 24 weeks at Yorktown Naval Weapons Station, VA

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Knowledge of ophthalmic optics, ocular anatomy and physiology
    • Comprehension of optical laboratory supply and administration
    • Understanding of optical laboratory procedures sufficient to completely fabricate and dispense prescription military eyewear in both office and field environments


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Interest in biology, chemistry and industrial arts
    • Proficiency with precision tools and instruments
    • High attention to detail
    • Adept at following detailed instructions and work procedures


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    General Maintenance (GM): 98

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career as an optical laboratory technician, an optician or an ophthalmic laboratory technician in optical laboratories or retail optical offices.

    Through your extensive Army training, additional study and two years of recommended experience, you may qualify to take the National Opticianry Competency Exam, which will allow you to possibly pursue a career as an optician.


  • 68J Medical Logistics Specialist

    OVERVIEW
    The medical logistics specialist is primarily responsible for receiving, storing, recording and issuing Army medical supplies.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Perform inventory and financial management procedures, including ordering, receiving and storing supplies
    • Load, unload and move stock using equipment such as forklifts and hand trucks
    • Perform quality control, property management and repair parts management


    TRAINING
    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and two weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including practice in handling and storing stock.

    Advanced Individual Training: 2 weeks at Fort Sam Houston, TX

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Stock control and accounting procedures
    • Procedures for shipping, receiving, storing and issuing stock
    • Understanding the handling of medical and food supplies


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Interest in mathematics, bookkeeping, accounting, business administration and typing
    • Ability to keep accurate records
    • Enjoy physical work
    • Interest in operating forklifts and other warehouse equipment


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Clerical (CL): 90

    WARRANT OFFICER TRACK
    920A Property Accounting Technician

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you’ll learn will help prepare you for a career as a stock control clerk, parts clerk or storekeeper with factories, repair shops, department stores, and government warehouses and stockrooms.


  • 68K Medical Laboratory Specialist

    OVERIVEW
    The medical laboratory specialist conducts tests on the tissue, blood and body fluids of patients.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Perform elementary blood banking and clinical laboratory procedures in hematology, immunohematology, clinical chemistry, serology, bacteriology, parasitology and urinalysis
    • Collect blood specimens by venipuncture and capillary puncture
    • Pack, unpack, inspect, store and distribute blood and blood products
    • Assemble, disassemble and maintain laboratory equipment


    TRAINING
    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and 52 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including practice-testing specimens.

    Advanced Individual Training: 52 weeks at Fort Sam Houston, TX

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Medical laboratory procedures
    • Study of human parasites and diseases
    • Laboratory administration and records-keeping


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Interest in biology, chemistry and algebra
    • Ability to follow detailed procedures precisely


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Skilled Technical (ST): 106

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with privately owned laboratories, hospitals, clinics or research institutions.

    The certifications available to you after continued study and experience are medical laboratory technician, cytotechnologist and clinical laboratory technician. Specific educational criteria must be met before you can qualify for certification.


  • 68M Nutrition Care Specialist

    OVERVIEW
    The nutrition care specialist works with registered dietitians (RDs) to counsel patients individually and in group settings, plans special diets for patients according to nutritional requirements, creates menus, and prepares small-quantity foods.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Performs basic dietetic functions in a hospital, clinic or field environment
    • Provides nutritional treatment and basic-level counseling to patients in nutrition clinics, health promotion and wellness clinics, and classroom settings
    • Assists dietitians or superiors in food service supervision, planning and production operations
    • Performs nutrition assessment screenings of individual patients for nutritional requirements and restrictions; provides recommendations on food item selection


    TRAINING
    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training to include small-quantity food preparation.

    Advanced Individual Training: 7 weeks at Fort Sam Houston, TX

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Individual and classroom presentations
    • Assessment of a patient’s dietary requirements and restrictions
    • Menu planning to include recipe modification for special diets
    • Basic food preparation (large and small quantities)
    • Food safety and sanitation


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Interest in nutrition, health, biology, science, fitness and chemistry
    • Ability to communicate effectively to individuals and small groups
    • Enjoy helping and caring for others


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Operators & Food (OF): 95

    WARRANT OFFICER TRACK
    922A Food Service Technician

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you’ll learn will help prepare you for a career within civilian hospitals, weight management clinics, nursing homes or rehabilitation centers. With a nutrition care specialist background, you may consider a career as a dietetic technician, dietary manager, nutrition technician, clinical dietetic technician or dietary aide.

    Through your extensive Army medical training, real-world experiences and with some additional study, you may be able to test for certification as an Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals' certified dietary manager (CDM) or the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ dietetic technician, registered (DTR) credential.


  • 68P Radiology Specialist

    OVERVIEW
    The radiology specialist is primarily responsible for operating X-ray and related equipment used in diagnosing and treating injuries and diseases.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Perform body-section radiography, foreign-body localization, prenatal, pediatric, urogenital and radiographic examinations of the digestive, respiratory, vascular and nervous systems
    • Operate fixed and portable radiology equipment
    • Prepare, assemble and adjust instruments, materials and equipment
    • Inspect and perform operator maintenance on radiology equipment


    TRAINING
    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and 46 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including practice with radiological equipment.

    Advanced Individual Training: 46 weeks at Fort Sam Houston, TX

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Patient care in radiology
    • Medical ethics and law
    • Human structure and function
    • Principles of radiation protection
    • Field radiography


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Interest in algebra, biology and other sciences
    • High attention to detail
    • Ability to follow strict standards and procedures
    • Enjoy helping others


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Skilled Technical (ST): 106

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career as an X-ray technologist or a nuclear medicine technologist with hospitals, diagnostic clinics and medical laboratories.

    The certifications available to you after continued study and experience are registered technologist (radiography) and registered technologist (nuclear medicine technologist). Specific educational criteria must be met before you can qualify for certification.


  • 68Q Pharmacy Specialist

    OVERVIEW
    The pharmacy specialist is primarily responsible for preparing and dispensing prescribed drugs and medicines, while also maintaining pharmacy supplies and records.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Prepare, control and issue pharmaceutical products
    • Evaluate orders to verify dosage, dosage regimen and quantity to be dispensed
    • Provide instructions to patients regarding medication consumption and side effects
    • Perform quality control checks on medications


    TRAINING
    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and 22 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including practice in pharmaceutical tasks.

    Advanced Individual Training: 22 weeks at Fort Sam Houston, TX

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Pharmacy laws and regulations
    • Drug types and uses
    • Mixing and dispensing drugs


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Interest in mathematics, chemistry, biology, physiology and anatomy
    • Experience with precise measurements and standards
    • Ability to follow strict procedures and directions


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Skilled Technical (ST): 95

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a future as a pharmacy helper at pharmacies, drug stores, hospitals or clinics.

    With additional study and the completion of a written exam, you may qualify for certification as a pharmacy technician.


  • 68S Preventive Medicine Specialist

    OVERVIEW
    Preventive medicine specialists are primarily responsible for conducting or assisting with preventive medicine inspections, surveys and preventive medicine laboratory procedures. They also supervise preventive medicine facilities or serve on preventive medicine staffs.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Conduct preventive medicine inspections
    • Assist with preventive medicine laboratory procedures
    • Conduct survey and control operations


    TRAINING
    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and 15 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, which includes on-the-job instruction and practice in testing specimens.

    Advanced Individual Training: 15 weeks at Fort Sam Houston, TX

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Sanitation inspection procedures
    • Understanding of parasites and diseases affecting humans
    • Bacteriological analysis of potable water


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Interest in biology, chemistry and algebra
    • Ability to follow detailed procedures precisely
    • Interest in scientific and technical work


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Skilled Technical (ST): 101

    WARRANT OFFICER TRACK
    640A Veterinary Services Technician

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a future with privately owned research institutions, public health departments and the environmental sciences professions.

    Through your extensive Army training and some additional study, you may be able to qualify for certification as a registered environmental health specialist/registered sanitarian and certified radiation protection technologist. Specific educational criteria must be met before you can qualify for certification.


  • 68V Respiratory Specialist

    OVERVIEW
    The respiratory specialist is primarily responsible for helping with the management of a respiratory unit by administering respiratory therapy and performing pulmonary function tests under the supervision of a physician or nurse anesthetist. The respiratory specialist is strictly an advanced-level position.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Examining and treating emergency or battlefield patients
    • Interviewing patients and recording their medical histories
    • Preparing blood samples for laboratory analysis
    • Keeping health records and clinical files up to date


    TRAINING
    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and 36 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including inpatient care.

    Advanced Individual Training:

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Emergency medical treatment
    • Basic nursing care
    • Understanding of the human body
    • Minor surgical procedures
    • Clinical laboratory procedures
    • Methods for diagnosing diseases


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Enjoy helping and caring for others
    • Ability to communicate effectively and work under stressful conditions
    • Interest in chemistry, biology, psychology, general science and algebra
    • High attention to detail


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Skilled Technical (ST): 102

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with hospitals, nursing homes or rehabilitation centers. With a respiratory specialist background, you may consider a career as an emergency medical technician, a medical assistant, a medication aide or a physician assistant.

    With continued study and experience, you may qualify for certification as a National Board for Respiratory Care respiratory therapist.


  • 68W Health Care Specialist

    OVERVIEW
    The health care specialist is primarily responsible for providing emergency medical treatment, limited primary care, and health protection and evacuation from a point of injury or illness.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Administer emergency medical treatment to battlefield casualties
    • Assist with outpatient and inpatient care and treatment
    • Prepare blood samples for laboratory analysis
    • Prepare patients, operating rooms, equipment and supplies for surgery


    TRAINING
    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and 16 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including practice of inpatient care.

    Advanced Individual Training: 16 weeks at Fort Sam Houston, TX

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Patient-care techniques
    • Emergency medical techniques
    • Methods of sterilizing surgical equipment
    • Plaster-casting techniques


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Enjoy helping and caring for others
    • Ability to communicate effectively and work under stressful conditions
    • Interest in chemistry, biology, psychology, general science and algebra
    • High attention to detail


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Skilled Technical (ST): 101
    General Technical (GT): 107

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with civilian hospitals, clinics, nursing homes or rehabilitation centers. With a health care specialist background, you may consider a career as an emergency medical technician, medical assistant, medication aide or physician assistant.

    With continued study and experience, you may qualify for certification with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians as a first responder.


  • 68X Mental Health Specialist

    OVERVIEW
    The mental health specialist is primarily responsible for assisting with the management and treatment of inpatient and outpatient mental health activities.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Collect and record psychosocial and physical data
    • Assist with care and treatment of psychiatric, drug and alcohol patients
    • Counsel clients/patients with personal, behavioral or psychological problems


    TRAINING
    Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and 19 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including practice of inpatient care. Training length varies depending on specialty.

    Advanced Individual Training: 19 weeks, 3 days at Fort Sam Houston, TX

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Patient-care techniques
    • Emergency medical techniques


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Enjoy helping and caring for others
    • Ability to communicate effectively and work under stressful conditions
    • Interest in chemistry, biology, psychology, general science and algebra
    • High attention to detail


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    Skilled Technical (ST): 101

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with hospitals, clinics, nursing homes or rehabilitation centers. With a mental health specialist background, you may consider a career as a psychiatrist assistant, medical assistant or physician aide.


  • 64 VETERINARY CORPS OFFICER

    OVERVIEW
    As an Army veterinary officer, you can practice in three primary areas: animal medicine, veterinary public health, and research and development. You will be responsible for treating government-owned animals and the valued pets of service members and their families.

    Army Veterinary Corps officers are also responsible for programs ensuring the safety and security of Department of Defense food supplies, both here and abroad. Approximately one-third of Veterinary Corps officers are involved in research and development in an incredible range of focus areas, from basic breast cancer research to vaccine development.

    Many times, Army veterinarians deliver public health programs around the world such as vaccination programs in Ecuador, teaching Thai veterinary technicians, or supporting foot and mouth disease eradication efforts in Mongolia.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Command and control Veterinary Corps units during emergency and nonemergency medical situations
    • Coordinate employment of Veterinary Corps officers at all levels of command in U.S. and multinational operations


    TRAINING
    As an Army Medical Department officer, you won’t participate in Basic Combat Training. Instead, you’ll attend the Officer Basic Course, a basic orientation course to the Army healthcare system and the Army way of life. Your training time depends on your chosen specialty and whether or not you have prior military experience. You must also meet height and weight standards, as well as pass the Army Physical Fitness Test.

    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Self-discipline
    • Physical fitness
    • Ability to perform under physical and mental pressures
    • Ability to make decisions quickly and on your own

                 
    FUTURE CIVILAN CAREERS
    Being an officer in the Army Veterinary Corps, you will have the same qualifications to practice in your specialty in the civilian world.


  • 66 NURSE CORPS OFFICER

    OVERVIEW
    Nurse Corps officers lead a nursing team that cares for Soldiers and their families. As part of the Army Nurse Corps, they play an important role in improving the overall quality of life for Soldiers and their families.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Organize resources for patients and their families for help with inpatient, outpatient and home care
    • Command a shift on a nursing unit that is part of a field hospital or for an installation medical activity
    • Supervise all nursing care during your shift at all levels of command


    TRAINING
    Job training for a Nurse Corps officer includes completing an Officer Basic Leadership Course, which introduces you to the Army healthcare system, Army doctrine and basic Soldier/leader skills. 

    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Ability to make accurate, immediate decisions
    • Ability to perform under stress
    • Application of critical technical and thinking skills
    • Tremendous concentration

                   
    FUTURE CIVILAN CAREERS
    The U.S. Army provides generous education loan-repayment programs, residency programs and continuing education opportunities to support your continued career growth and development. 


  • 63 DENTAL CORPS OFFICER

    OVERVIEW
    Army Dental Corps officers are responsible for the dental health of Soldiers and their families. They are also responsible for providing healthcare to Soldiers’ families and others eligible to receive this care in the military community.

    During combat, the Dental Corps officer assists in the emergency medical management of casualties.

    Within the Army Dental Corps, you can specialize in the following areas: comprehensive dentistry, endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, and periodontics.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Command and control the Dental Corps units during emergency and nonemergency medical situations
    • Coordinate employment of Dental Corps officers at all levels of command in U.S. and multinational operations


    TRAINING
    As a U.S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD) officer, you will not be required to participate in Basic Combat Training that enlisted Soldiers attend. Instead, you'll attend an Officer Basic Leadership Course (OBLC), a basic orientation to the Army healthcare team, Army doctrine, and basic Soldier and leadership skills.

    OBLC for Active Duty officers is held four times per year at the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School at Fort Sam Houston, TX, and lasts from 10 to 14 weeks. Officers in the Army Reserve attend OBLC for two weeks, and Health Professions Scholarship Program recipients attend a six-week course during their academic training.

    Your training time depends on your chosen specialty and whether or not you have prior military experience. You must also meet height and weight standards, as well as pass the Army Physical Fitness Test.

    After completing OBLC, AMEDD officers report to their initial Active Duty assignment, and students return to their academic training.

    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Self-discipline
    • Physical fitness
    • Ability to perform under physical and mental pressures
    • Ability to make decisions quickly and on your own

                   
    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    As you advance through your career, you will be looking for experiences that blend teaching, research and clinical excellence to best prepare you for unique and challenging opportunities. Our dental professionals excel in clinical, research and executive administration arenas. Many have worked in more than one career track throughout their time in the U.S. Army and have held leadership positions ahead of their private sector counterparts. In fact, U.S. Army dental professionals are highly desired candidates for competitive private sector jobs upon leaving the Army.


  • 67 MEDICAL SERVICES CORPS OFFICER

    OVERVIEW
    Medical services corps officers command the Medical Service Corps that treats and helps Soldiers and their families in a variety of areas:

    • Behavioral sciences – social workers, clinical psychologists and counseling psychologists
    • Health administration services
    • Laboratory sciences – biochemists, clinical laboratory officers, microbiologists and research psychologists
    • Optometry
    • Pharmacy
    • Podiatry
    • Preventive medicine sciences – medical science officers, entomologists, audiologists and environmental science/engineering officers


    JOB DUTIES

    • Command/control the Medical Service Corps units during emergency and nonemergency medical situations
    • Coordinate employment of Medical Service Corps Soldiers at all levels of command


    TRAINING
    Job training for Medical Service Corps officers includes completing an Officer Basic Leadership Course, which introduces you to the Army healthcare system, Army doctrine and basic Soldier/leader skills.  

    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Ability to make accurate, immediate decisions
    • Ability to perform under stress
    • Application of critical technical and thinking skills
    • Tremendous concentration


    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS

    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with civilian hospitals, clinics, nursing homes or rehabilitation centers. With a medical services background, you may consider a career as an emergency medical technician, medical assistant, medication aide or physician assistant.

    With continued study and experience, you may qualify for certification with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians as a first responder.



  • 640A Veterinary Services Technician

    DUTIES
    The veterinary services food safety warrant officer is a highly specialized officer in the area of food safety and defense. The warrant officer is selected by competitive application from the NCO ranks of designated Army feeder MOSs. Currently only Army NCOs (SGT(P) and higher) who hold the 68R and 68S MOSs are eligible to apply. More detailed and updated information is included in the annual MILPER Message which is normally released in January or February of the recruiting year. Upon selection, warrant officer candidates are sent to the Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS) at Fort Rucker, AL. Following completion of this course, they go through an intensive food inspection/science course at Fort Sam Houston, TX (WOBC). Typically an Active Component 640A warrant officer’s first duty station is at an Army MEDCOM/Public Health Command district where they conduct commercial sanitation audits and manage area food safety, defense and quality assurance programs. Reserve Component veterinary food safety officers are typically assigned to MTOE veterinary detachments or as staff officers in MTOE medical brigades or groups. The 640A veterinary food safety officers serve as the commander’s subject matter experts for all matters dealing with food safety and defense.


    MINIMUM PREREQUISITES

    WO 640A Sample Basic Application Memo
    WO 640A Sample PSC Memo
    640A MILPER Message 13-068
    WO 640A SAMPLE DA 61 Height/Weight Statement
    WO 640A Checklist

  • 670A Health Services Maintenance Technician

    DUTIES

    • Serve as the only single-tracked specialty, trained maintenance warrant officer in the AMEDD
    • Responsible for the maintenance management requirements and execution for both the operational and institutional medical activities
    • Supervise the technical and tactical performance of biomedical equipment specialist, medical supply specialist, DA civilians and contractors
    • Lead, coach and train staff in the proper care, use and operator maintenance of medical equipment and medical systems
    • Provide guidance and technical expertise to commanders and staff on all issues concerning the medical equipment life cycle


    MINIMUM PREREQUISITES

    • Must be an E-5(P) or above. Navy and Air Force must be on the E-6 promotion list.
    • Must hold MOS 68A (Biomedical Equipment Specialist) or equivalent
    • Must have a minimum of 48 months' experience as a 68A
    • Must have six college level English credits
    • Must have six college level Computer Science or Information Technology credits
    • Must have letter of recommendation from a senior Health Service Maintenance Technician
    • Recommended 12 months in supervisory position


    NOTE: Army National Guard programs and benefits are subject to change. Your local warrant officer recruiter has the most up-to-date information about job availability and bonuses in your state.

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