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Medical Service Corps officers are warrior leaders skilled in the tactics, techniques, and procedures necessary to understand and support the warfighter; possess strong Army Values, leader attributes and skills and fully understand the key leadership actions that must be taken to ensure success. The linear battlefields of the past have disappeared and Medical Service Corps officers of today are prepared to face the tactical challenges of the full spectrum environment on today’s asymmetric battlefields while preparing for the Joint Future Operating Environment and the unique threats it will bring. Additionally, there are unique skills, knowledge, and attributes in each functional area that require professional development.

The Medical Service Corps offers a broad spectrum of opportunities. Every officer learns and trains to be a well–rounded Medical Service Corps officer, gaining expertise and experience in diverse specialties and skills. The Medical Service Corps equally values assignments in the operating force as well as the generating force. Successful assignment in either and/or both of the areas within a career will enable promotion through the grade of LTC. Every officer must serve successfully in leadership positions and hone higher skills in the key staff positions to be considered for promotion. Although there are many AOCs within the Medical Service Corps, there are common skill sets: Leadership, Technical, and Tactical, that every officer should develop and maintain.

The Medical Service Corps consists of four MFAs that have nineteen areas of concentration (AOC) and four separate AOCs. Officers are generally looked at as either Health Services Administrative (HS) or Allied Science (AS) officers. The Health Services officer typically starts out as a generalist and slowly progresses to a specialist as his / her career progresses. HS Officers may perform staff officer functions on Battle Staffs from Battalion to Regional combatant command levels. An AS officer typically starts out as a specialist and slowly progresses to a generalist as his / her career progresses. AS Officers may perform as staff officers, provide direct patient care, or conduct research in a variety of facilities around the world. All areas of concentration are open to male and female officers and have command opportunities at all levels.

The Medical Service Corps requires warrant officers who are skilled technicians in the area of medical maintenance. There is only one Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) in the Medical Service Corps. Health Service Maintenance Technicians 670A, are an integral part of the Corps.

Medical Service Corps officers often work in an environment where time available for problem analysis is seriously constrained but where sound timely decisions are urgent. Information gained in this environment will vary in its completeness and ambiguity. An ability to operate under stress, apply critical thinking skills, make decisions, effectively communicate those decisions, and act in austere field conditions is critical to mission success.

Medical Service Corps officers must be warrior leaders who are technically proficient with branch and mission unique equipment, tools, and systems. Medical Service Corps mission success requires the proper balance between technical skills and the ability to understand and apply the appropriate tactical skills at the right moment. These skills must be gained and developed through repetitive operational assignments and continuous professional study and self–development. Medical Service Corps officers must survive on a non–linear, non–contiguous battlefield and negotiate asymmetric threats to accomplish their missions.

Medical Service Corps officers uphold Army traditions and maintain the highest standards of personal and professional integrity. They live the Army Values and enforce high standards of technical competence, training, physical fitness and discipline, embody the warrior ethos and are extremely well–versed in warfighting and medical support doctrine. However, they are also adaptable to changing environments and can update health estimates and apply non–textbook solutions in unique situations. Repetitive training is important to maintain unit readiness. The dynamics associated with training and operations missions require a sense of ingenuity and foresight. Officers must recognize the importance of physical and mental fitness since high levels of stamina and vigor are critical to sustained endurance. These standards require both officers and warrant officers to know and routinely execute drills and operate within established Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and regulations.

At the company grade level Allied Science officers are specialty oriented but become increasingly multifunctional within the career field; Health Services officers are multifunctional and become more specialized within a career field. As all officers progress, work eventually blends across systems and skills serving to cross several career fields. Officers must develop and use a diverse set of skills as they move between AOC specific assignments in force structure and force generating positions, and as they serve in branch generalist assignments.

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This Annual Report represents the positive state of the Medical Service Corps and the opportunities for the future. It speaks to the contributions of fellow MSC officers in support of AMEDD Transformation and the Chief of Staff of the Army's Vision.

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