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Occupational Therapy Specialist (68L)

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


The occupational therapy specialist, under the direction of a registered military occupational therapist, supervises, tests and assists patients to facilitate maximum recovery. They also treat physical and mental disabilities resulting from illness or trauma, prevent injury, and promote life-style modification to improve fitness. 

Job Duties

  • Patient care
  • Administers occupational therapy treatment
  • Promote physical fitness
  • Performs interviews, tests and assists patients in activities of daily living
  • Preparing reports


Job training for a occupational therapy specialist requires completion of two phases of training. Phase one is 18 weeks and phase two is 16 weeks. Both phases of training are done at Fort Sam Houston, TX.

Skills you’ll learn:

  • Patient care
  • Working on a medical team
  • Assisting in rehabilitation

Helpful Skills

  • Willingness to help and care for others
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work under stressful conditions
  • Interest in biology, general science and algebra
  • Attention to detail

Required ASVAB Score(s)

Skilled Technical (ST): 101, General Technical (GT): 107

Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.


Total compensation includes: housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

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

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes or rehabilitation centers. With an occupational therapy specialist background, you may consider a career as an occupational therapist, certified occupational therapy assistant or a physical therapy.


Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment after the Army by enrolling in the Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS). The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military-friendly employers that are looking for experiencedd and trained veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at