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 Army’s 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.
“For the many practicing health care professionals who are interested in military service, the normal service obligation was just too difficult”
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:
“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, 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.”
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:
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 Army’s 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.