Orthopedic Specialist (68B)

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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

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.

Future Civilian Careers

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a future at dental offices or clinics. You’ll be qualified to assist dentists in the treatment of patients, as well as provide support as a dental assistant or dental hygienist.

With your extensive Army training and some additional study, you may qualify for certification with either the American Medical Technologists as a registered dental assistant or with the Dental Assisting National Board as a certified dental assistant.


Orthopedic Specialist