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Medical Specialist Corps Officer (65)

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


Medical Specialist Corps officers are essential in treating and helping the overall health of Soldiers and their families.

The Army Medical Specialist Corps includes four areas of specialty: Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Dietitian, and Physician Assistant.

Job Duties

  • Commanding and controlling the Medical Specialist Corps units during emergency and nonemergency  medical situations
  • Coordinate employment of Medical Specialist Corps officers at all levels of command in U.S. and multinational operations.


To qualify for an officer appointment in the U.S. Army Medical Specialist Corps, you must:

  • Meet prescribed medical standards
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have a degree in a required specialty and, as required for that specialty, have a current board certification, registration and state licensure
  • Must be between 21 and 42 years of age (Reserve may request waiver) 


As a U.S. Army Medical Department officer, you will not be required to participate in the Basic Combat Training that enlisted Soldiers attend. Instead, you'll attend an Officer Basic Leadership Course, a basic orientation to the Army health care 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 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
  • Physically fit
  • Perform under physical and mental pressures
  • Make decisions quickly and on your own


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:

  • Specialty Pay 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


  • Paid continuing education
  • Noncontributory retirement benefits at age 60 with 20 years of qualifying service
  • Travel opportunities, including humanitarian missions
  • Low-cost dental and life insurance

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); is paid continuing education and specialized training to become a leader in their field.

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

As a member of the Army Medical Specialist Corps, you’ll have access to the most sophisticated technologies, methods and techniques in practice today; the opportunity to consult with experts in both the military and private sector; and exceptional professional growth opportunities, including continuing education courses, seminars and conferences.

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 allied health professionals excel in clinical, research, academic and health administration arenas. Many have worked in more than one career track throughout their time in the Army and have held leadership positions ahead of their private sector counterparts. It’s no surprise that U.S. Army allied health professionals are highly desired candidates for competitive private sector jobs after their tenure with the Army Medical Specialist Corps.


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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