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Social Worker (73A)

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

Overview

For the vast majority of social workers, their career choice is based on one simple ideal: a deep desire to help others help themselves. Serving as a social worker with the U.S. Army provides an environment where you can concentrate on patient care without the bureaucracy found in the private sector. In addition to providing direct services, your responsibilities could include teaching, training, supervision, research administration and policy development.

Job Duties

  • Provide clinical counseling, crisis intervention, disaster relief, critical event debriefing, teaching and training, supervision, research, administration, consultation and policy development in various military settings
  • Enhance unit readiness and the emotional well-being of military members, their family members and other eligible beneficiaries
  • Conduct and supervise direct patient care, and plan and execute disease prevention and health promotion programs
  • Perform special staff functions in health support for commanders at all levels
  • Conduct research on conditions of military importance, and 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: social worker; chief, Department of Social Work; chief, Social Work Service; director, Family Advocacy Program, U.S. Army Community and Family Support Center; clinical director, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Program; division social worker;social worker, Community Mental Health Service; director, Mental Health, United States Army Disciplinary Barracks; medical social work, Army medical treatment facility; director, Social Work Fellowship in Child and Family Practice Program.

Requirements

ACTIVE:

  • Master’s degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
  • Current, unrestricted license for practice
  • Between 21 and 42 years of age (may request a waiver)
  • U.S. citizenship

RESERVE:

  • In addition to the above qualifications, permanent U.S. residency is required for Reserve duty officers.

Training

In the U.S. Army, the case diversity social workers experience in caring for Soldiers far exceeds the medical care environment of the private sector. As an Army Medical Service Corps officer, you’ll have access to the most sophisticated technology and treatments, 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.

Helpful Skills

The normal environment of an Army Medical Service Corps officer’s work requires time-sensitive problem analysis with an accurate, sound and immediate decision. Ability to operate under stress, apply critical thinking skills, make decisions and translate these skills to battlefield conditions is critical to medical and mission success.

Effective patient care requires the proper balance between technical skills and the ability to apply the appropriate treatment or procedure at the right moment. Army Medical Service Corps officers possess expert knowledge in their area of concentration, patient management, and general support and coordination principles. Social workers 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:

  • Health Professionals Loan Repayment Program provides 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:

  • Noncontributory 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

The U.S. Army offers opportunities for social workers in a variety of practice areas, including clinical, administrative and research roles. As a member of the Army Medical Service Corps, you’ll have access to the most sophisticated technologies and treatment methods, 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. Our social workers 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. In fact, U.S. Army social workers are highly desired candidates for competitive private sector jobs upon leaving the Army.

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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  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Mercy Medical Center

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