Medical

To Conserve Fighting Strength

Guard medical specialists are expert helpers, trained with professional skills to work with doctors and take care of patient needs. Guard jobs encompass an incredible field of medical specialties. On the battlefield, combat medics are dynamic lifesavers.

Medical careers provide essential training in health care procedures and incomparable experience with emergency response, as states call on medical specialists to care for victims during disasters. These professionals perform well under pressure and possess skills that translate to hospital work. Whichever medical career you choose, you can be sure that your job will be as rewarding as it is challenging.

Job training for soldiers in the Medical career field consists of ten weeks of Basic Combat Training plus Advanced Individual Training and on-the-job instruction ranging from 6-54 weeks, depending on your specialty. Whichever job you choose, your training will equip you to save lives and improve the health of soldiers and civilians, and help you prepare for a career in the healthcare field.

Military Occupational Specialties


68E Dental Specialist

Dental care is one of the health services provided to Guard personnel all over the world. Dental Specialists assist dentists in the examination and treatment of patients, and help manage dental offices. Additional responsibilities may include cleaning patients’ teeth, assisting with the administration of anesthesia and x-rays, and performing maintenance on dental equipment.

68G Patient Administration Specialist
Accurate information is crucial for planning and managing Army hospital operations. Patient Administration Specialists make sure that hospital and patient information is recorded, stored and delivered in order to keep everything running smoothly. The Patient Administration Specialist is primarily responsible for administrative duties such as scheduling office visits and keeping patient records at Army hospitals or other medical facilities.

68J Medical Logistics Specialist
The right supplies, delivered at the right time, can ensure the safety of troops in the field. Medical Logistics Specialists manage the Army’s large medical inventory. This position is primarily responsible for receiving, storing, recording and issuing medicines and medical supplies.

68K Medical Laboratory Specialist
In order to detect and identify many patient diseases, clinical laboratory tests need to be performed. The Medical Laboratory Specialist conducts tests on the tissue, blood and body fluids of patients. Medical Laboratory Specialists examine blood and bone marrow samples, test for bacteria or viruses, and analyze tissue, blood and fluid specimens for diagnostic information.

68P Radiology Specialist
Radiology (the use of X-rays) is one of the many health care services doctors use to detect injuries and illnesses. Working with Medical Corps Officers, Radiology Specialists operate X-ray and X-ray-related equipment. The Radiology Specialist is primarily responsible for operating fixed and portable radiology equipment to perform radiographic examinations. Radiology Specialists also prepare, assemble and adjust X-ray instruments and materials, and assemble and disassemble radiology equipment and shelters.

68S Preventive Medicine Specialist
Preventive medicine is essential to maintaining the health and well-being of all Army Soldiers and personnel. Preventive Medicine Specialists are the central members of the Medical Services Corps Preventive Medicine Sciences team, which is charged with studying and preventing the spread of disease and infection within the Army. Preventive Medicine Specialists are primarily responsible for conducting or assisting with preventive medicine inspections, surveys and laboratory procedures. They also supervise preventive medicine facilities or serve on preventive medicine staffs, and develop community health education programs.

68W Health Care Specialist
Injured or wounded Soldiers need immediate attention, and the Health Care Specialist is usually the first to provide basic and emergency medical care in preparation for a doctor’s treatment or evacuation. The Health Care Specialist is primarily responsible for providing emergency medical treatment, limited primary care and health protection, and evacuation from a point of injury or illness.

68X Mental Health Specialist
Stress due to combat situations or physical ailments can often have an effect on the mental well-being of National Guard Soldiers. The Mental Health Specialist, as a member of the Guard’s health care team, assists with the management and treatment of inpatient and outpatient mental health activities. The Mental Health Specialist is primarily responsible, under the supervision of an Army psychiatrist, social worker, psychiatric nurse or psychologist, for providing mental health treatment to patients. Duties may include assisting with the care and treatment of psychiatric, drug and alcohol patients; collecting patient data; counseling and treating patients with personal, behavioral or mental health problems; and providing bedside care in hospitals.

Army Medical Department

At the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, medical support was hampered not only by the limited availability of trained medical personnel, but the lack of adequate medicine and equipment. Insufficient care not only of the wounded, but the lack of treatment and prevention of the diseases that ravaged the army caused George Washington to address the issue of medical care with Congress.