Road to Becoming a 68 Quebec, Pharmacy Specialist

Specialist David Stirgus Junior explains the road he took to becoming a Pharmacy Specialist (68Q). Learn more about what he does, and why he chose the Army.

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“Specialist David Stirgus Junior. My MOS is a 68 Quebec which is a Pharmacy Specialist.”

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“We worked in the hospital where we manage medication, we help patients, we dispense medication, we make IV bags for the patients, we make syringes for newborn babies in the hospital.”

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“The training that the Army provides in Advanced Individual Training…”

“…to become a Pharmacy specialist…”

“The schooling is pretty hard. It’s basically a good two years of college pushed into two months.”

“They send you on a good six weeks of rotations of a hospital, a little clinic so you can get the hang of Pharmacy specialist.”

“You get a certificate for completing AIT…”

“…and you also get credit hours towards college.”

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“Fort Knox is my first duty station.”

“I work the inpatient, the outpatient, support, all three areas of the pharmacy.”

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“My next steps in my Army career is to get my degree in nursing, to come in as an officer. 

“…and to get my doctorate in nursing.”

“The Army pays for it.”

“I’m also working on my certification as a Pharmacy specialist so just in case when I get out I can do that on the outside world.”

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“Pharmacy specialist is transferable on the outside world. You can work in grocery stores that have pharmacies, hospitals.”

“They know you have the discipline, the leadership.”

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“I believe every day we make a difference in people’s lives working in the pharmacy.”