The field surgeon performs the basic duties of a physician. He or she examines, diagnoses, and treats for the initial phase (Level I and II) of battlefield disease and injury. The field surgeon also provides resuscitative and definitive care for injured and wounded Soldiers. When assigned to a maneuver unit, the field surgeon serves as the principle advisor to the Commander regarding medical force protection and the maintenance of the health of the unit. This is an entry–level skill for the Medical Corps and is not awarded as a primary AOC, except to an Officer in a transitional Internship. As an Officer on the U.S. Army health care team, you can build a distinguished medical career while making a difference in the lives of the Soldiers and their families.
- Performs the basic and fundamental duties of a physician
- Examines, diagnoses, and treats or prescribes courses of treatment for the initial phase (Level I and II) of battlefield disease and injury
- Provides resuscitative and definitive care for injured and wounded Soldiers within the capabilities of the unit’s organic or attached medical element
- Serves as the principle advisor to the Commander regarding medical force protection and the maintenance of the health of the unit.
- Current license to practice medicine in the United States, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico
- Eligibility for board certification
- Completion of at least one year of an approved graduate medical education internship
- Between 21 and 42 years of age (may request a waiver, Locate A Recruiter for more information)
- Must be a U.S. citizen
- In addition to the above qualifications, permanent U.S. residency is required for Reserve duty officers.
In the U.S. Army, physicians gain experience that far exceeds the medical care environment of the private sector. As an Army Medical Corps Officer, you’ll have access to the most sophisticated technology, and you will have the opportunity to consult with experts in both the military and private sector. In addition, you will have exceptional professional growth opportunities, including continuing education courses, seminars and conferences. Physicians may even serve as faculty at one of our prestigious Graduate Medical Education programs.
For physicians just starting out, the Army Medical Corps offers first-year graduate medical education, residency and fellowship programs. Qualifying medical school students can also benefit through unique training opportunities exclusive to Army Medical Corps Officers. Medical Corps Officers will also attend certain military short courses designed to develop and enhance the tactical, technical and operational skills unique to the military environment.