June 19, 1916: Units assemble at Sea Girt after the federal government ordered the mobilization of three infantry regiments, one squadron of cavalry, two batteries of field artillery, one signal corps company, one field hospital and one ambulance company of the New Jersey National Guard for duty on the Mexican border in the wake Pancho Villa’s raid into New Mexico.
Medical Service Corps
Social Workers are commissioned as Medical Service Corps (MSC) officers with the Army Medical Department (AMEDD). Social Workers conduct a number of important duties in National Guard which include providing direct services, clinical counseling, crisis intervention, disaster relief, critical event debriefing, teaching and training, supervision, research, administration, consultation, and policy development in various military settings. These functions are provided to enhance unit readiness and the emotional well-being of military members and their family members.
Social Workers operate in a range of settings, such as: 1) Combat Operational Stress Control Detachments working in deployed settings and on installations to address stress related issues and brief counseling needs; 2) Army Family Advocacy Program (FAP) providing domestic abuse assessments and treatment to Solders and their families; 3) Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) assessing and treating substance abuse of Soldiers; 4) Military clinical settings addressing adjustment to illness issues and coordinating discharge planning needs; 5) Warrior Transition Units (WTU) working with injured Soldiers, known as Warriors in Transition (WT), and their families, to address the WT’s level of risk, behavioral healthcare needs, adjustment to illness, and reintegration in the Army and/or civilian life; 6) General behavioral healthcare settings providing treatment both in clinics and in-patient settings for Soldiers and family members; 7) Exceptional Family Member Program Clinics (EFMP) working with special needs children and their families; and 8) Clinical Training helping to develop training programs and instruction. National Guard Social Workers have the possibility of obtaining unique training such as attending the Family Advocacy Staff Training and Family Advocacy Staff Training Advanced courses as well as many other professional development opportunities.
In addition to the standard benefits, the National Guard offers additional incentives for Social Worker officers:
For more information contact our AMEDD recruiter.