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Entomologist (72B)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • Open to Women
  • Entry Level

Overview

Your knowledge of insects and their behavior can impact the health, morale and overall environment of our Soldiers. When you serve your country as an entomologist and officer on the U.S. Army health care team, you’ll conduct research, perform pest management and provide important information to our leaders regarding biological hazards around the globe.

Job Duties

  • Plan, lead, manage, advise, direct and participate in operational, consultative, training, product development and research in medical entomology to ensure effective control of pests and vectors of disease affecting the health, morale and environment of all U.S. Army personnel
  • Serve in command and staff assignments throughout the Department of Defense and U.S. Army to ensure property and material are not damaged by invertebrate and vertebrate pests
  • Conduct medical research on diseases of military importance, and conduct, supervise and participate in graduate medical education and training of other medical personnel needed to sustain a robust and readily available medical system

Unique duty positions include: director, deputy director, contingency liaison officer or research liaison officer on the Armed Forces Pest Management Board; chief, Defense Pest Management Information Analysis Center; entomology division chief; Eentomology branch chief or instructor at the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School; chief, Department of Entomology or research investigator at either the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, one of its subordinate commands or the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease.

Requirements

ACTIVE:

  • Master’s degree in entomology or biological science with a major in entomology from an accredited program acceptable to the Surgeon General
  • Must be between 21 and 42 years of age 
  • U.S. citizenship

RESERVE:

  • In addition to the above qualifications, permanent U.S. residency is required for Reserve duty officers.
  • Must be between 21 to 42 years of age (may request a waiver, Locate A Recruiter for more information)

Training

As a member of the Army Medical Service Corps, you’ll have access to the most sophisticated technology, the opportunity to consult with experts in both the military and private sector, plus exceptional professional growth opportunities, including continuing education courses, seminars and conferences.

Entomologists may even serve as faculty at one of our prestigious graduate medical education programs or research institutions, such as Walter Reed Army Institute of Research or the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease.

Helpful Skills

Army Medical Service Corps officers must be leaders skilled in tactics, techniques and procedures in order to understand and support the Soldier; possess strong Army values, leader attributes and skills; and fully understand the key leadership actions that must be taken to ensure success.

Army Medical Service Corps officers possess expert knowledge in their area of concentration, patient management, and general support and coordination principles. Entomologists gain this knowledge through continuing medical education and experience sustained by mentoring, additional institutional training, continuous self-development and progressive levels of assignments within their specialty.

Compensation

ACTIVE BENEFITS:
In addition to the many privileges that come with being an officer on the U.S. Army health care team, you’ll be rewarded with:

  • 30 days of paid vacation earned annually
  • Noncontributory retirement benefits with 20 years of qualifying service
  • No-cost or low-cost medical and dental care for you and your family
     

RESERVE BENEFITS:

  • Health Professionals Special Pay
  • Health Professionals Loan Repayment ProgramNoncontributory retirement benefits at age 60 with 20 years of qualifying service
  • Low-cost life and dental insurance
  • Travel opportunities, including humanitarian missions

Both active and Reserve duty officers enjoy commissary and post exchange shopping privileges; a flexible, portable retirement savings and investment plan similar to a 401(k); may receive pay for continuing education; and specialized training to become a leader in their field.

Education Benefits

As an Army Medical Service Corps officer, you’ll have access to the most sophisticated technology and training, the opportunity to consult with experts in both the military and private sector, plus exceptional professional growth opportunities, including continuing education courses, seminars and conferences.

As a commissioned officer of the U.S Army, you’ll also enjoy generous education loan-repayment benefits, residency programs and ongoing initiatives to support your career development and advancement.  

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 in your field of expertise. Our entomologists excel in clinical, research, academic and health 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.

U.S. Army entomologists are highly desired candidates for competitive private sector jobs upon leaving the Army. In fact, many former U.S. Army entomologists serve as faculty in elite medical schools, residency programs and renowned training institutions. 

PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SUCCESS (PaYS) Program

Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experience and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at http://www.armypays.com.

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