44th Infantry Division

Fort Dix, NJ

44th ID PatchSoldiers from the 44th Infantry Division, New Jersey National Guard, are shown racing through a smoke screen, to which a little tear gas had been added, during a gasmask drill at Fort Dix in January 1941.

Health Services Officer

Medical Service Corps
The Army Medical Department (AMEDD) relies on specially trained healthcare officers to oversee the administrative, command, logistical, training, operations, and support services essential to efficiently and effectively manage a world class healthcare system in support of the Army.

New officers in this area are generally commissioned as Health Services Officers (70B) in the Medical Service Corps (MSC), which is comprised of a wide diversity of healthcare administrative and scientific specialties ranging from the management and support of the Army health services system to direct patient care. Health Services Officers plan, coordinate, monitor, evaluate, and advise unit commanders and staff in both medical and non-medical areas of patient evacuation, treatment and tracking; preventive medicine, organizational administration, supply, training, operations, transportation, and maintenance. You will also be afforded the opportunity to specialize in many additional health service areas:

  • Healthcare Administrator (70A) - Plans, directs, manages, administers, and participates in the functioning of healthcare facilities and organizations; coordinates care delivered by the healthcare consortium through DVA/DoD sharing, civilian contractors, preferred provider organizations, and individuals, as well as other elements outside the military health services system; advises commanders at all levels on health care delivery and the management of health care facilities. Participates at all levels of command in establishing and implementing policies and procedures affecting Army healthcare.
  • Comptroller (70C) - Serves as the principle adviser to the commander on all aspects of resource management to include financial, budgeting, programming, manpower management, management analysis, medical expense reporting, commercial activities, and internal control. Makes recommendations that optimally balance the organization’s mission and the resources that are available. Makes extensive use of multiple financial databases, managed care reports and analyses, and logistical knowledge to generate data-driven recommendations for the commander. Interprets financial laws and Comptroller General decisions. Prepares, consolidates, and analyzes financial data and management information systems reports at all command levels in support of the Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution System (PPBES) process. Prepares and distributes reports and financial statements to provide the commander and staff with adequate information for management, status of funds, and budget purposes. Develops and implements plans and policies in matters concerning effective and economical utilization of manpower resources. Manages the medical expense reporting system, the command’s internal control program, the review and analysis, and is responsible for organizational strategic planning. Develops policies, coordinates and performs all finance and accounting functions. Examines, manages, and certifies military and civilian payrolls, travel, commercial accounts, and other vouchers and claims. Provides administrative assistance in support of payment of legal obligations of the Army or collection of monies due. Plans, develops, and implements changes to financial accounting systems which support the overall Army mission and takes advantage of advances in productivity and efficiency. Trains military and civilian personnel in all areas of financial management.
  • Health Services Systems Manager (70D) - Advises and assists the medical commander or staff surgeon in the area of health care information management. Develops strategy, policy, and plans for the development, implementation, operation, and evaluation of clinical/patient oriented information systems and the administration of support for medical information systems. Integrates telecommunications, automation, visual information, and printing equipment in support of individual or multiple medical treatment facilities and biomedical research laboratories. Provides consultative services and detailed technical analysis on planning, developing, implementing, operating, maintaining, securing, and disposing of information systems and networks at medical activities. Provides medical communication planning and management for Combat Casualty Care situations.
  • Patient Administrator (70E) - Advises commanders and staff in all aspects of patient administration. Plans, organizes, directs, and controls patient administration in a variety of health care agencies. Collects and analyzes patient and institutional data. Assists medical staff in evaluating quality of patient care and in developing criteria and methods for such an evaluation. Advises the medical commander on issues pertaining to patient administration, third party collection programs, clinical informatics, and patient movement; serves as an advisor on matters pertaining to health services facility management, organization, operation, professional staff functions, and the standards prescribed by the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Health Care Organizations.
  • Human Resources Manager (70F) - Advises commanders and staff in all aspects of health services human resources management to include matters/policies pertaining to all assigned military personnel, DoD civilian personnel, and contractors. Plans, develops, and directs administrative management activities and services in medical organizations which include: distribution, publications, correspondence, records and files management, and desktop publishing. Plans, develops, and directs human resource systems that support and implement programs concerning the components of the human resources management life cycle; included are strength management, accessions, personnel operations, personnel requisitioning, casualty reporting, awards, promotions and reductions, classifications and reclassifications, assignments, finance and special pays, evaluations reports, reenlistments, eliminations, and separations. Manages the activities of personnel operational elements providing support to organizations, headquarters, and individuals. Trains military and civilian personnel in personnel services support and organizational administration. Plans and develops human resource best practices in support of the re-engineering of business practices.
  • Plans, Operations, Intelligence Training, and Security (70H) - Serves as the principal advisor to commanders at all levels in the areas of field medical operations. Directs and coordinates staff functions pertaining to health services plans, operations, intelligence, security, and training.
  • Medical Logistics (70K) - Plans, coordinates, controls and manages the functional areas pertaining to the highly specialized and technical materiel, facilities, and services utilized in support of the health care delivery system. Commands or exercises staff responsibility for units engaged in medical supply, medical facilities, blood storage and distribution, optical fabrication and production and medical service operations and other logistical support. Plans and directs activities of personnel and units responsible for the receipt, storage, inventory management, and issue of all Class VIII medical supply. Responsible for ensuring service support functions to include life cycle facility management. Directs and supervises collection, evacuation, and accountability for all classes of supply classified as salvage, surplus, abandoned, or uneconomically reparable. As a health services logistics staff officer, advises the commander on logistical and facility planning matters and unit mission capabilities. Plans, directs, and implements the multifunctional areas of materiel management and their integration into the overall DoD logistics system as well as the support interface between the Army in the field, the other Services, wholesale logistics, and industry. Directs and/or exercises staff supervision of units engaged in production, acquisition, receipt, storage and preservation, issue and distribution of medical equipment, medical repair parts, and medical supplies. Commands, directs, plans, and/or exercises staff responsibility for units in collection, reclamation, and final disposition of salvage, surplus, abandoned medical property, and unserviceable supplies and equipment. Serves as the focal point for medical property management and accountability procedures. As a staff officer, advises the commander on matters regarding supply, services and facility support, and other medical logistical functions. As a materiel manager, develops, coordinates, and supervises the supply support portion of an integrated logistics support plan.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Be between the ages of 21 and 42.
  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be eligible to receive a secret security clearance.
  • Must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university. Those seeking a commission as a Healthcare Administrator (70A) must have a master’s or doctorate degree in a specifically related field.
  • Direct Health Services Officer (70B) appointments are limited to: 1) prior service officers from any military branch; 2) enlisted personnel recommended by their Chain of Command and who meet the prescribed standards of the NGB Direct Commissioning Policy for Basic Branch Officers; and 3) qualified OCS graduates. Qualified OCS candidates may apply for a Health Services Officer appointment during the final phase of OCS, provided they meet the civilian educational requirements prescribed in AR 135-101. Non-prior military service applications will be considered in the fall of each year should vacancies exist.

History of the Medical Service Corps

The United States Army Medical Service Corps is an important national resource with a long and distinguished history. Many thousands of officers have proudly served in its ranks, selflessly supporting the nation's defense missions in peace and war throughout the world. With varied academic backgrounds and disciplines, these officers have been widely recognized and highly regarded leaders in their respective fields. They represent the growth in medical science and military medical operations and administration over two centuries.

Sea Girt, NJ 1908The story of the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps is evolutionary. Precursors such as Revolutionary War apothecaries and officers of the Civil War Ambulance Corps evolved into the World War I Sanitary Corps which was established on June 30, 1917, as a temporary part of the Medical Department based on authority provided by an 18 May 1917 Act of Congress. This corps, which rapidly expanded to nearly 3,000 officers during the War, enabled the relief of physicians from a variety of administrative, technical and scientific duties. The Sanitary Corps was demobilized following the war.

During the inter-war years, it became clear that the Army needed a permanent medical ancillary organization. This led to the establishment of the Medical Administrative Corps (MAC) on 4 June 1920. Growth in WW II was spectacular. The MAC increased from less than 100 officers in 1939 to over 22,000 by 1945. These officers freed physicians for patient care responsibilities by occupying an expanded variety of positions. These positions included replacement of the second physician in maneuver battalions.

A third precursor, the Pharmacy Corps, was established as a Regular Army branch on 12 July 1943. Finally on 4 August 1947, the Sanitary, Administrative and Pharmacy Corps were replaced by the Medical Service Corps consisting of four sections: Pharmacy, Supply and Administration, Medical Allied Sciences, Sanitary Engineering, and Optometry.

MSC Medical Battalion commanders in Korea remained in command as those units performed their combat missions upon the outbreak of hostilities in 1950. MSC aviators were assigned to the first helicopter evacuation detachments in Korea, units that presaged the revolutionary role of the helicopter ambulance. These MSC officers and their crews wrote a glorious chapter in Vietnam with the receipt of every award of valor including the Medal of Honor.

Today, MSCs provide the administration, planning, programming and budgeting of every Army Medical Department effort. They maintain the Army's wartime medical capability through command of its field medical establishment. They operate what may be the most effective logistical system anywhere. In countless ways, the men and women of the Medical Service Corps are at the forefront of the Army Medical Department's humanitarian role in national defense.

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