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Podiatrist performing surgeryThe Medical Service Corps has two primary functions. First, it provides administrative officers the opportunity to manage various aspects of Combat Health Support. Second, the Corps provides allied science officers who directly impact the health of the Soldiers serving in the United States Army as well as their families. Most lieutenants will be initially branched as a Health Services Officer to serve as a Medical Platoon Leader which may lead to various positions such as Company Executive Officer and Company Commander.

MicrobiologistThe Medical Service Corps prepares its officers to be at the forefront of healthcare. The Corps provides its officers with excellent opportunities for advanced degrees. Every year, the Corps offers many programs to earn Masters and Ph.D. degrees as well as opportunities to train with private industry.

ESOs and Entomologists performing Preventive Medicine training

There are 24 distinct Areas of Concentration within the Corps. The assignments associated with the different AOCs range from a Medical Platoon Leader in a Brigade Combat Team, to a biochemist developing vaccines and other agents to defeat the effects of bioterrorism. The Corps is made up of highly skilled officers who provide leadership and expertise to Joint Command Strategic Operations--from the front lines of Afghanistan and Iraq to the laboratories of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.

 

The Medical Service Corps Areas of Concentration

   
 MFA 70 Healthcare Administration
 MFA 72 Preventive Medicine
  • 72A Nuclear Medical Science
  • 72B Entomology External link (opens in a new browser window)
  • 72C Audiology
  • 72D Environmental Science and Engineering
 
MFA 71 Medical Allied Sciences
MFA 73 Behavior Sciences
  • 73A Social Work
  • 73B Clinical Psychology
 

67E Pharmacy (AKO Users)

 

67F Optometry

67G Podiatry

 

670A Health Services Maintenance Technician

 
 

If you are a cadet in ROTC or West Point and are interested in accessing into the Medical Service Corps, go to Careers & Jobs-MSC.External link (opens in a new browser window)

If you are not in the Army but interested in a career in the Allied Sciences, go to GoArmy.com. External link (opens in a new browser window)

 

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