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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?
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
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. And 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This phase trains officer candidates in soldiering skills that provide a foundation for both peacetime and combat missions.
This phase is three weeks of classroom instruction, with the students broken down into platoons.
This phase is a one-week practical exercise, with the students broken down into squads.
This phase is one week of classroom instruction, with the students broken down into squads.
This phase consists of three weeks of classroom instruction and practical exercises.
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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I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at US Army (Omaha, NE) in January 2012.
interviewing one on one with a 3 star admiral. this was important. if you spend a lot of time with a primary your personalities need to mesh. your primary also needs to know that you have the mental fortitude to understand complex concepts they deal with and you will some times be called to help is a decision process.