As a medical professional, you will ensure that Soldiers receive the best healthcare possible on and off the battlefield. You’ll enjoy extra benefits, too. The Guard offers a significant bonus and/or student loan repayment for almost every specialty in the medical field.

Healthcare Officer
As a physician, dentist, nurse, nurse practitioner or medical student, provide care to Soldiers and civilians alike during emergencies.

Medical Service Corps

This group of medical specialties includes administration, behavior sciences, environmental sciences, preventive medication and aviation.

Physician Assistant (PA-C) and Physical Therapist (PT)

Work closely with Guard physicians and primary medical officers of your state command, infantry or other combat units.


  • Medical and dental care for you and your family (TRICARE Reserve Select)
  • Up to $400,000 in low-cost life insurance
  • Discounted and tax-free grocery and shopping privileges at post exchanges and commissaries
  • Free military air flights based on space availability
  • Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) and $350 MGIB-SR Kicker
  • Federal Tuition Assistance and Credentialing Assistance (up to $4,000/year)
  • Free academic testing and test prep (SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, PRAXIS, OASC and CPST)
  • College credit equivalency exams (CLEP and DSST)
  • Education counseling support (1-866-ARNGEDU or via email)
  • Access to recreational facilities on military installations
  • A retirement pension plan at the completion of 20 years of part-time service


  • Meet the prescribed medical and moral standards for appointment as a commissioned officer
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have completed an accredited qualifying degree program
  • Must be at least 21 years of age or older
  • Earn military retirement benefits
  • Be able to obtain a Secret security clearance
  • Complete an initial military training course at Fort Sam Houston, located in San Antonio, TX
  • Most AMEDD specialties will attend the 26-day orientation course, and possibly attend the full seven-week course


Medical Corps (MD and DO)
Providing a wide range of healthcare to Soldiers at home and during combat and covering every medical specialty from allergists to vascular surgeons.

Dental Corps
Ensure that each Soldier is in optimal oral health in preparation for deployment and assist in the emergency medical management of combat and noncombat casualties.

Specialist Corps
Treat and support the overall health of Soldiers and their families as Physician Assistants (PA-Cs) and Physical Therapists (PTs).

Medical Service Corps
Help the Guard’s medical services run smoothly in administrative and engineering functions such as aeromedical evacuation pilots, human resources and more.

Nurse Corps
Nurse officers provide professional nursing care, services, and health promotion in military health treatment organizations as Registered Nurses or Family Nurse Practitioners.

Behavioral Health Officers
Plan, direct, and administer programs and services relating to clinical psychology and social work, and promote all aspects of mental health and the social well-being of Soldiers.

Medical and dental students can serve as a Healthcare Student Officer while attending medical or dental school. Healthcare Student Officers are placed in nondeployable positions, are eligible to participate in substantial financial assistance programs, and receive professional development during their professional programs.