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Career Development: Medical Service Corps
Transcript of Career Development: Medical Service Corps
24 Areas of Concentration (AOC) within 4 Medical Functional Areas (MFA)
Two generic officer classifications:
Health Service Officer (70 series)- Generic administration
Includes Aeromedical Evacuation (67J)
Allied Science (71 series)- Specialty/Laboratory skills
Toxicology, Nuclear, Clinical Laboratory, etc.
70B-Health Services Officer
Same Educational and Promotion Requirements as Active Component
Primary education for development of career comes from outside work experience
Division Staff Officer Positions are encouraged for those wishing to fast track their careers.
Primarily the same as the Reserve Component of the Medical Service Corps
Much less reliance placed upon looking after subordinates, much more emphasis placed on self-development.
Upon completing a staff position a MS officer can be given more responsibility, often on top of staff duties.
These can include company command, medical platoon leader, section leader within an MTF, assistant chief of a large MEDDAC, clinic chief in a small MEDDAC.
Company grade officers are encouraged to take the Long Term Health Education and Training or begin pursuing a graduate degree to further their career.
Leaders to Professionals:
The Journey of Captains
Moving into professionals: Furthering Education
Medical Education: 12 Months
Captain's Career Course (CCC)
Company size organization
staff officer skills
Army and Joint operations
Intermediate Level Education (ILE)
Competitive and Special Branch Officers
Presented By: T. Giller, M. Lehnertz, R. Brooks, N. Allevato, and J. Barnes
Developmental Assignments of the Medical Service Corps
Take Away Points:
Post Captain Opportunities: Lehnertz
Self–development is defined as a planned progressive and sequential program followed by leaders to enhance and sustain their military competencies.
This is not branch specific
Purpose: Master Aviation and AMEDD skills.
Technically under 70B, but much different tract
SIFT Testing/Flight Physicals
BOLC- Sam Houston
Flight School- Fort Rucker, AB (Army Aviator)
Many specialty training courses
Slim chance of AASLT/AB/Ranger. Exception-based.
AMEDD online E-learning
67J- Aeromedical Evacuation
Purpose: Provide medical–unique administrative services
Medical PL, Hospital Admin, Medical Detachment
BOLC- Fort Sam Houston, TX
AOC schools/education available at Sam Houston
Extensive online AMEDD E-Learning
Potential for Airborne, Air Assault, and/or Ranger School after BOLC
Expert Field Medical Badge
70B-Health Services Officer
Active Duty Component:
Social Workers, Clinical Psychologists, and Optometrists generally assigned at Company Level.
Rest of the officers are generally assigned to Brigade Combat Teams for a deployment cycle (24-36 months)
Often will fill staff positions to gain knowledge and experience
During this time, the 2LT should spend their additional time practicing their briefing and writing skills.
67J Aeromedical Evacuation
Initially assigned to CONUS installation to be stabilized
Likely remain there until the rank of Captain
Allows for maximum leader development and flight time. Attain ‘pilot in command’ status.
The lack of operational movement will not reflect poorly on a 67Js ORB.
Major is :
LTC is not required to complete additional education course from the ones they took as Captains in order to get promoted.
Colonels must complete Senior Service College or Army War Time College.
Colonels can be in charge of a CSL command or they can be in charge of an operational specialty including:
Laboratory tests and experiments
Community Health Administration
A Colonel should have a masters degree in medical technology, immunology, virology, parasitology, molecular biology, etc.
Career as a LTC or Colonel
Officer Specialty Branches
Major is usually the shortest position a MS officer will undertake
However, as Major MS officers have the most diverse options for jobs.
Majors must have completed the Intermediate Level Education (ILE) course
They have the opportunity to attend the Advanced Warfighting Operation Course (AWOC).
Cadet Allevato - Advancement through BOLC
Cadet Brooks – From 2LT to 1LT
Cadet Giller – From 1LT to CPT
Cadet Barnes – From CPT to MAJ
Cadet Lehnertz – Possible career paths past Major.
Key Takeaway Points
Task: Provide a group of highly motivated cadets with a broad, yet informative, overview of the career progression of a Medical Service Corps Officer from BOLC through the rank of Major.
Purpose: Ensure Cadets are provided with a base of knowledge to allow for maximum efficiency when planning careers in the Medical Service Corps.