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Physical Therapist (65B)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • National Guard
  • Entry Level


Physical therapists improve Soldier readiness by treating them in areas of physical fitness, physical training and injury prevention. As an officer in the Medical Specialist Corps, they play an important role in improving the overall quality of life for Soldiers and their families.

Job Duties

  • Provide the military community with neuro–musculoskeletal evaluation, intervention and case management
  • Conduct battlefield Unit Needs Assessments to determine unit mental health status and provide energy conservation assessments
  • Supervise therapy technicians
  • Serve as commander of companies, battalions, brigades and medical treatment facilities


Active Duty/Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy

  • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in biological sciences, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, physics, social sciences or statistics
  • Minimum overall GPA requirements of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum cumulative score of 1000 on the GRE (or 297 on the new GRE scale)
  • Minimum GRE verbal score of 450
  • At least 100 volunteer observation hours in a physical therapy clinic
  • Between 21 and 40 years of age
  • U.S. citizenship

Active Duty/Direct

  • Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited physical therapy program
  • Between 21 and 42 years of age
  • Current state license for physical therapy
  • U.S. citizenship

Army Reserve

  • Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited physical therapy program
  • Between 21 and 42 years of age (may request a waiver, Locate A Recruiter for more information)
  • Current state license for physical therapy
  • Permanent U.S. residency


Job training for the Army Medical Specialist Corps will offer you the unique opportunity to teach, research and learn at various health education programs. You will work in U.S. Army medical centers, hospitals, clinics and field medical units to gain experience in a wide range of practice environments.

Helpful Skills

  • Ability to make accurate, immediate decisions
  • Perform under stress
  • Apply critical technical and thinking skills
  • Tremendous concentration


Active Duty

  • Health Professional Specialty Pay
  • May receive pay for continuing education, including master’s degrees and doctorate programs
  • 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

Army Reserve

  • May receive pay for continuing education
  • Noncontributory retirement benefits at age 60 with 20 years of qualifying service
  • Flexible, portable retirement savings and investment plan similar to a 401(k)

Earn Cash For In Demand Jobs

You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties. Visit Jobs in Demand to see if this job qualifies for an enlistment bonus.

Education Benefits

The U.S. Army provides residency programs and continuing education opportunities to support your continued career growth and development.


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 experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at


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