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Orthopedic Specialist (68B)

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


The orthopedic specialist assists with management of orthopedic clinic, or assists in treatment of patients with orthopedic conditions and injuries, under the supervision of an orthopedic physician, orthopedic physician assistant, or podiatrist.

Job Duties

  • Assists physicians in treatment of orthopedic patients
  • Removing stitches, sutures or staples
  • Assist in orthopedic surgery
  • Set up sterile and non sterile procedures
  • Help with pre-op of surgery


Job training for a orthopedic specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 14 weeks of Advanced Individual Training in Fort Sam Houston.

Some of the skills you'€™ll learn are:

  • Patient care
  • Assisting the orthopedic surgeon
  • Medical aid
  • Assisting in the orthopedic clinic
  • Cast procedures

Helpful Skills

  • Interest in biology and chemistry
  • Enjoy helping others
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Ability to follow spoken instructions and detailed procedures

Required ASVAB Score(s)

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

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

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