HEALTH PROFESSIONALS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Army Medical Corps

Whether you’ve just begun your undergraduate studies or have accepted a seat in medical school, you can take advantage of the programs the U.S. Army provides for students pursuing careers in health care.

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OFFICER BASIC COURSE

As an Army Medical Department (AMEDD) officer, you won't participate in the Basic Training that enlisted Soldiers go through. Instead, you'll attend an Officer Basic Course (OBC), a basic orientation course to the Army Health Care system and the Army way of life.

Officer Basic Course for active duty officers is held four times a year at the AMEDD Center & School in Fort Sam Houston and lasts from ten to 14 weeks. Officers in the Army Reserve go to OBC for two weeks.

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 OBC, AMEDD officers report to their initial active duty assignment. Students return to their academic training following successful completion of OBC.

Here is a brief overview of what to expect at the Officer Basic Course.

ONE-WEEK PREPARATORY COURSE

This course is designed for initial-entry officers who haven't had prior Army experience or precommissioning training within the past four years, or those who have served fewer than 12 months in an Army Reserve or Army National Guard unit.

EIGHT-WEEK COMMON CORE (PHASE I—PHASE IV)

This phase trains officer candidates in soldiering skills that provide a foundation for both peacetime and combat missions.

PHASE I—GENERAL SUBJECTS

This phase is three weeks of classroom instruction, with the students broken down into platoons.

PHASE II—FIELD TRAINING EXERCISE (FTX)

This phase is a one-week practical exercise, with the students broken down into squads.

PHASE III—MILITARY DECISION-MAKING PROCESS (MDMP)

This phase is one week of classroom instruction, with the students broken down into squads.

PHASE IV—LEADER COMPETENCIES

This phase consists of three weeks of classroom instruction and practical exercises.

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION

Areas of Concentration (AOC) Tracks last from six days to five weeks, depending on your specialty. Track modules integrate Soldier skills into the day-to-day practices of AMEDD officers.

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