Army Reduces Service Obligation for Health Care Officers to Two Years

New Program Extends Opportunity to Serve to Practicing Physicians, Dentists, Nurses, Veterinarians and Other Experienced Health Care Professionals

FORT KNOX, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The United States Army Medical Department announced today it has implemented a portion of the Armys Officer Accession Pilot Program (OAPP) which permits it to reduce the Military Service Obligation (MSO) period to two years for experienced health care professionals ages 43 to 60 years old, seeking initial appointment as an Officer in all Army Medical Department Corps.

“By reducing the service commitment time, we’re able to bring experienced and knowledgeable practicing physicians, nurses, dentists and other medical professionals that have immediate, positive impact on the care we provide for our Soldiers and their Families.”

Through this new program qualified health care professionals can now be commissioned as Officers in the Army Medical Department for their initial appointment. Upon completion of their two-year service commitment health care professionals will have no further obligation, however, may seek to extend their term of service in either active or Reserve status should they choose to do so.

Through this program, the Army is looking to attract highly skilled health care professionals across a variety of fields who want to rediscover their passion for medicine by serving their country and working with one of the best health care teams in the world, said Col. Rafael C. Montagno, Medical Recruiting Brigade commander, U.S. Army Recruiting Command.

To be eligible for service, the volunteer must meet the eligibility criteria outlined below:

  • Be a citizen of the United States for Regular Army, or a permanent resident for Army Reserve and able to obtain a Secret Clearance
  • Be of good moral character
  • Demonstrate an understanding and proficiency in the English language
  • Have completed all educational/specialty licensing and certification requirements in the specific medical field in which the individual seeks appointment as prescribed by The U.S. Army Surgeon General and applicable law, regulation and policy
  • Be capable of completing the full two-year service obligation subsequent to signing a contract (which must be done prior to his or her 62nd birthday)

For the many practicing health care professionals who are interested in military service, the normal service obligation was just too difficult, said Colonel Montagno. By reducing the service commitment time, were able to bring experienced and knowledgeable practicing physicians, nurses, dentists and other medical professionals that have immediate, positive impact on the care we provide for our Soldiers and their Families.

Officers in the Army health care team are free to concentrate on caring for patients and developing innovative new techniques and procedures, while working with the latest technology and life-saving equipment.

Qualified Officers may also be eligible for year-to-year Board Certification Pay, Additional Special Pay and Incentive Special Pay, though they will not be eligible for accession bonuses or multi-year specialty pay incentives.

Benefits of being an Officer in the Army Medical Department also include:

  • Opportunities to travel throughout the world
  • A comfortable home on-post or a generous housing allowance if you live off-post
  • Paid continuing education courses, seminars and conferences
  • No-cost or low-cost medical and dental care for you and your family
  • A flexible, portable retirement savings and investment plan similar to a 401k
  • 30 days of vacation earned each year
  • Rank and privileges of an Army Officer
  • Low-cost life insurance

For more information about the Officer Accession Pilot Program, please visit healthcare.goarmy.com or call 800-USA-ARMY (800-872-2769).

ABOUT THE ARMY MEDICAL DEPARTMENT (AMEDD)

From nurses and entomologists to veterinarians, dietitians and physicians, Army health care offers more than 90 professional health care career paths more than any other military service.

Army health care annually employs more than 73,500 active-duty professionals and 72,000 Reserve Soldiers who interact with more than 200,000 patients in an average day. The Armys health care system is an $8 billion per year venture, employing 145,000 people and managing the care of three million beneficiaries. The active Army medical team is augmented by a Reserve component, comprised of health care professionals in Reserve units throughout the United States and abroad.

One of the largest health care networks in the world, AMEDD operates more than 600 world-renowned hospitals, clinics and facilities around the globe. AMEDD encompasses six corps: Dental Corps, Medical Corps, Medical Service Corps, Medical Specialist Corps, Nurse Corps and Veterinary Corps.

Contacts

For United States Army Medical Department
Media Contact:
Drea Garrison, 952-346-6152

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