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WHAT CAN I EXPECT

EXPECT RESPECT. RESPONSIBILITY. REWARDS.

There are more benefits to being part of the U.S. Army health care team than you think. Benefits that can advance your skills and knowledge, shape your perspective, and provide you a comfortable and rewarding lifestyle.  

Whether you choose the U.S. Army as your career or serve in the U.S. Army Reserve while maintaining your existing practice, you’ll enter as a commissioned officer. You’ll gain the respect, responsibility and prestige that are afforded your rank.

 

So, where can you serve? What is officer training like in your discipline? Where can your career take you? Download our FAQ and learn what you can expect as a member of the U.S. Army health care team:

 

Want to learn more? Your recruiter can provide answers to your specific questions and discuss your individual qualifications, interests and objectives. If you wish, he or she can arrange for you to speak with an Army health care professional in your discipline or visit a U.S. Army medical facility. Contact a recruiter.

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LIFESTYLE

BENEFITS THAT MAKE YOUR CAREER AN ENRICHING LIFE EXPERIENCE

Professionals serving on the U.S. Army health care team benefit greatly from the service’s commitment to an excellent quality of life.

You may have an opportunity to serve in other parts of the country — and possibly other parts of the world — where many travel and vacation opportunities exist for you and your family. Army hospitals, laboratories and other related facilities are located on or near military installations.


Most Army installations offer a wealth of recreational activities such as golf, tennis, health clubs and swimming pools. For your convenience, you’ll find commissaries (grocery stores), post exchange stores (retail), dry cleaners, day care centers and other helpful amenities. You may also find community clubs, theaters and libraries. Biking, hiking, camping, hunting and fishing areas are normally close to every installation. Active duty members may choose to live on the installation in military housing or opt to live off base and receive a generous housing allowance.

In addition to providing an ideal living environment, the Army offers the following personal rewards as well:

  • 30 days of vacation with pay earned annually
  • No-cost or low-cost medical and dental care for you and your family
  • Low-cost insurance
  • Attractive retirement benefits after 20 years of qualifying service
  • Thrift Savings Plan — a flexible, portable retirement savings and investment fund similar to a 401(k)


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TEAMWORK

JOIN A TEAM OF TALENTED PEERS AND MENTOR FUTURE PROFESSIONALS

Because you'll join the Army as an officer, you'll actually begin your career with a certain level of authority. You'll be working alongside professionals who are every bit as committed and focused as you.


Within this team environment, you'll be working with peers, not competitors, as you rely on each other to get the job done. You have enough autonomy and independence to run your own practice, but you'll also have the advantage of working with other health care professionals from different disciplines, not to mention having one of the largest global research networks behind you.

As an officer, you'll also be a team leader. You'll be responsible for the training and mentoring of junior Soldiers in your specialty, and you'll have a dedicated staff to support your practice. Working together as one team is all part of a philosophy of the U.S. Army.

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BENEFITS

EXPLORE THE BENEFITS OF SERVING YOUR COUNTRY

Health care professionals who serve as officers in the U.S. Army Medical Department enjoy a wide range of opportunities and financial incentives. There are benefits, tangible and intangible, available to officers who choose to serve fulltime in the Army. These benefits are also conferred upon those who choose to serve when needed and maintain careers in their communities as part of the Army Reserve.


Active Army professionals are members of a multidisciplinary team focused on providing the best health care possible. Here, there aren't any concerns about running a practice, hiring employees, processing insurance, purchasing equipment, stocking supplies or paying malpractice insurance.

You'll also have opportunities to develop even more specialized skills than those you already have. From continuing education courses and seminars to clinical research and teaching, you'll be able to enhance your level of expertise.

Plus, the U.S. Army offers scholarships and student loan repayment assistance to students and recent graduates in many health care fields.

You have many career options. Learn more about the benefits that come with serving your country.


ACTIVE AMEDD BENEFITS

  • Training to become a leader among your peers
  • Paid continuing education, including clinical specialization courses
  • Travel opportunities, including humanitarian missions
  • No-cost or low-cost medical and dental care for you and your family
  • Noncontributory retirement benefits with 20 years of qualifying service
  • 30 days of paid vacation earned annually
  • No premiums for malpractice insurance
  • Rank and privileges of an officer in the U.S. Army
  • Commissary and post exchange shopping privileges
  • A flexible, portable retirement savings and investment plan similar to a 401(k)

RESERVE AMEDD BENEFITS

  • Paid continuing education, including specialized training courses
  • Training to become a leader among your peers
  • Travel opportunities, including humanitarian missions
  • Low-cost life and dental insurance
  • Noncontributory retirement benefits at age 60 with 20 years of qualifying service
  • Networking opportunities
  • Rank and privileges of an officer in the U.S. Army
  • Commissary and post exchange shopping privileges
  • A flexible, portable retirement savings and investment plan similar to a 401(k)

FINANCIAL INCENTIVES FOR DENTAL CORPS

ACTIVE

  • Dental Officer Accession Bonus of $75,000
  • Variable Specialty Pay of $3,000 to $12,000 annually, based on length of service
  • Board Certified Pay of $2,500 to $6,000 annually for board-certified dentists
  • Dental Additional Special Pay of $4,000 to $15,000, based on creditable service
  • Dental Officer Multiyear Retention Bonus of $13,000 to $50,000 annually, based on specialty and length of contract
  • Provides up to $120,000 to pay down qualifying dental school loans through the Active Duty Health Professions Loan Repayment Program; participants receive $40,000 per year for three years

RESERVE

  • Special Pay of $75,000 for general dentists, comprehensive dentists, prosthodontists and oral surgeons, paid in yearly increments of $25,000 for three years
  • Dental school loan repayment of up to $50,000 over three years through the Healthcare Professionals Loan Repayment Program; participants receive $20,000 per year for the first two years and $10,000 the third year

FINANCIAL INCENTIVES FOR MEDICAL CORPS

ACTIVE

  • Variable Special Pay of $1,200 to $12,000 annually, based on length of service
  • Board Certification Pay of $2,500 to $6,000 annually for board-certified physicians
  • Medical Additional Special Pay of $15,000
    Incentive Special Pay of $12,000 to $36,000 paid annually
  • Multiyear Special Pay of $6,000 to $14,0000 annually, based on specialty and total number of contract years served
  • Provides up to $120,000 to pay down qualifying medical school loans through the Active Duty Health Professions Loan Repayment Program; participants receive $40,000 per year for three years.

RESERVE

  • Reserve physicians are eligible to receive the Health Professions Special Pay of $75,000, paid in yearly increments of $25,000 for three years
  • Medical school loan repayment of up to $50,000 over three years through the Healthcare Professions Loan Repayment Program; participants receive $20,000 per year for the first two years and $10,000 the third year.

FINANCIAL INCENTIVES FOR ALLIED HEALTH CORPS

ACTIVE

  • Pharmacist Accession Bonus of $30,000, paid in lump sum at first duty assignment
  • Provides up to $120,000 to pay down qualifying pharmacy school loans through the Active Duty Health Professions Loan Repayment Program; participants receive $40,000 per year for three years
  • Specialty Pay of $2,000 to $5,000 available to board-certified, nonphysician health care providers, including occupational therapists, physical therapists, dietitians and physician assistants
  • Physician assistants can receive up to $120,000 to pay down qualifying student school loans through the Active Duty Health Professions Loan Repayment Program; participants receive $40,000 per year for three years

RESERVE

  • Optometrists are eligible for Health Professionals Special Pay of $45,000, paid in $15,000 increments over three years
  • Clinical psychologists are eligible for Health Professionals Special Pay of $45,000, paid in $15,000 increments over three years
  • Entomologists, microbiologists, clinical laboratory, and nuclear medicine are eligible for Health Professionals Special Pay of $30,000, paid in $10,000 increments over three years
  • Qualifying optometrists, clinical psychologists, microbiologists, clinical laboratory, nuclear medicine, and entomologists are eligible for student loan repayment of up to $50,000 over three years through the Healthcare Professionals Loan Repayment Program; participants receive $20,000 per year for the first two years and $10,000 the third year

FINANCIAL INCENTIVES FOR NURSE CORPS

ACTIVE


  • Active Army Nurse Accession Bonus of $20,000 or $30,000 (up to $10,000 if combined with loan repayment program)
  • Active Duty Health Professions Loan Repayment Program provides up to $120,000 for the repayment of qualifying educational loans; participants can receive $40,000 per year for up to three years
  • Nurse anesthetists can receive Active Duty Special Pay of $15,000 to $40,000 annually, depending on the length of your agreement
  • Nurse anesthetists, family nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and nurse midwives are eligible for Board Certification Pay of $2,000 to $6,000 per year. This incentive is based on active duty experience in specialty.

RESERVE

  • Community/public health, critical care, medical-surgical, perioperative and nurse anesthetists are eligible for student loan repayment of up to $50,000 over three years through the Healthcare Professionals Loan Repayment Program; participants receive $20,000 per year for the first two years and $10,000 the third year
  • Special Pay of $30,000 ($10,000 per year for three years ) to nurses with a BSN, MSN, DNSc or Ph.D. in nursing

FINANCIAL INCENTIVES FOR VETERINARY CORPS

ACTIVE


  • Diplomate Board Certified Pay of $2,000 to $5,000 annually for veterinarians who have received a diploma in a specialty recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Provides up to $120,000 to pay down qualifying veterinary school loans through the Active Duty Health Professions Loan Repayment Program; participants receive $40,000 per year for three years

RESERVE

  • Special Pay of $75,000, paid in three yearly increments of $25,000
  • Veterinarians are eligible for student loan repayment of up to $50,000 over three years through the Healthcare Professionals Loan Repayment Program; participants receive $20,000 per year for the first two years and $10,000 the third year
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LEADERSHIP

BECOME A LEADER IN ONE OF THE BEST HEALTH CARE NETWORKS IN THE WORLD

When you join the Army health care team, you enter as an officer — and that's a team leader in the Army. You'll manage highly qualified teams much sooner than you would in the civilian world. You'll be granted more leeway in your professional recommendations, and you'll be able to enjoy autonomy within your practice while being rewarded for your experience within your chosen field.


OFFICER BASIC COURSE

As an Army Medical Department (AMEDD) officer, you won't participate in the Basic Training that enlisted Soldiers go through. Instead, you'll attend an Officer Basic Course (OBC), a basic orientation course to the Army Health Care system and the Army way of life.

Officer Basic Course for active duty officers is held four times a year at the AMEDD Center & School in Fort Sam Houston and lasts from ten to 14 weeks. Officers in the Army Reserve go to OBC for two weeks.

Your training time depends on your chosen specialty and whether or not you have prior military experience. You must also meet height and weight standards, as well as pass the Army Physical Fitness Test.

After completing OBC, AMEDD officers report to their initial active duty assignment. Students return to their academic training following successful completion of OBC.

Here is a brief overview of what to expect at the Officer Basic Course.


ONE-WEEK PREPARATORY COURSE

This course is designed for initial-entry officers who haven't had prior Army experience or precommissioning training within the past four years, or those who have served fewer than 12 months in an Army Reserve or Army National Guard unit.

 

EIGHT-WEEK COMMON CORE (PHASE I—PHASE IV)

This phase trains officer candidates in soldiering skills that provide a foundation for both peacetime and combat missions.

 

PHASE I—GENERAL SUBJECTS

This phase is three weeks of classroom instruction, with the students broken down into platoons.

 

PHASE II—FIELD TRAINING EXERCISE (FTX)

This phase is a one-week practical exercise, with the students broken down into squads.

 

PHASE III—MILITARY DECISION-MAKING PROCESS (MDMP)

This phase is one week of classroom instruction, with the students broken down into squads.

 

PHASE IV—LEADER COMPETENCIES

This phase consists of three weeks of classroom instruction and practical exercises.

 

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION

Areas of Concentration (AOC) Tracks last from six days to five weeks, depending on your specialty. Track modules integrate Soldier skills into the day-to-day practices of AMEDD officers.

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    Pros

    Focused on delivering the best patient care for the best patients in the world. Many cutting edge capabilities and resources, especially in terms of electronic health records and associated technologies. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, sometimes can be inflexible. Some jobs require very long hours, especially for military personnel, not so much for civilian and contract employees. Good communications and many opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to focus on collaboration with the other Services and with the VA. The Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) is a strategic opportunity that the AMEDD has been presented with, but has not engaged on. We are ceding this effort to MHS without taking any sort of leadership role.

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Website www.goarmy.com/amedd
Headquarters Arlington, VA
Size 5000+ Employees
Type Government
Industry Government

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