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The Army is committed to keeping its Soldiers strong - both physically, and mentally.
The men and women working in MOS: Behavioral Health Specialist are compassionate, effective communicators, who are able to remain calm in stressful conditions.

And are dedicated to supporting and promoting the emotional health and well-being of their fellow Soldiers.

The Behavioral Health Specialist works under the supervision of a psychiatrist, social worker, psychiatric nurse, or psychologist.

To assist with the counseling and treatment of patients who have personal, behavioral, or mental health problems.

Soldiers wishing to classify as Behavioral Health Specialists must first complete 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training.

Followed by at least 17 weeks of Advanced Individual Training at The Medical Education and Training Campus at Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
As a Behavioral Health Specialist, you will train in the basic understanding of psychiatric disorders and learn to conduct interviews to collect and record psychosocial and physical data.

The Army will train you to administer and score psychological tests, including intellectual tests.

Personality inventories and tests designed to discover organic damage to the brain.
You will also train to assist in assessing an individual’s level of function… develop and implement treatment plans.

As well as learn the fundamentals of combat stress controls such as:

Unit outreach, prevention and education and traumatic event management.

You will train to assist in diagnostic procedures, to include measuring and recording vital signsand to assist with routine nursing care such as: administering medication under the supervision of a licensed nurse, maintaining a therapeutic milieu and   by supervising a patient’s daily activities, such as:

Escorting patients to medical appointments and recreational activities.

After your initial entry training.

You may be assigned to a fixed facility or to a field unit.
You may be assigned to a combat stress control unit.
an inpatient psychiatric ward.
a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.
A research facility.
A correctional facility.
An outpatient behavioral health service.
Or to social work service, where your duties may include case management.

As a Behavioral Health Specialist, you will be trained to present your findings in a written and verbal report to other medical personnel or staff, for final disposition by a supervisor.

Soldiers in this MOS will maintain confidential records, and may receive additional training in drug and alcohol counseling and other advanced treatment techniques.
Serving as a Behavioral Health Specialist can help prepare you for a variety of civilian careers when you transition from the military.

Your experience in communication, teamwork and problem solving.

Combined with a more developed sense of leadership and self-discipline are skills and values in demand by civilian employers.

Military Occupational Specialty: Behavioral Health Specialist.

Serving an important role in the Army Medical Department endeavor, “To Conserve The Fighting Strength. “

Mental Health Specialist (68X)

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


The Behavioral Health Specialist is primarily responsible for assisting with the management and treatment of inpatient and outpatient mental health activities.

Job Duties

  • Collect and record psychosocial and physical data
  • Assist with care and treatment of psychiatric, drug and alcohol patients
  • Counsel clients/patients with personal, behavioral or psychological problems


Job training for a Behavioral Health Specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 20 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including practice in-patient care. Training length varies depending on specialty.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Patient-care techniques
  • Emergency medical techniques

Helpful Skills

  • Enjoy helping and caring for others
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work under stressful conditions
  • Interest in chemistry, biology, psychology, general science and algebra
  • High attention to detail

Required ASVAB Score(s)

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.

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 with hospitals, clinics, nursing homes or rehabilitation centers. With a mental health specialist background, you may consider a career as a psychiatrist’s assistant, a medical assistant or a physician’s aide.


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


  • HCA
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital/Health Systems
  • NorthCrest Medical Center
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Atlantic Health System
  • Bell Ambulance, Inc.
  • Prince William Health System
  • Reliant Medical Group
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Baton Rouge General Medical Center