As a Utah Army National Guard Healthcare Officer, you'll earn a commission in the Army Medical Department (AMEDD). Additional AMEDD officer positions include a number of specialties within the following areas:
Physicians (MD and DO) serve as Army Medical Corps Officers. A Medical Corps Officer is responsible for the overall health of Soldiers by covering every medical specialty from allergists to vascular surgeons, providing a wide range of healthcare to Soldiers. During combat, Medical Corps Officers make sure Soldiers are healthy and combat-ready. They will examine, diagnose and treat casualties for the initial phase of battlefield disease and injury.
Physician Assistants (PA-C) and Physical Therapists (PT) serve as Army Medical Specialist Corps Officers—treating and supporting the overall health of Soldiers and their Families. You'll be working side-by-side with Guard physicians as the primary medical officer of your state medical command, the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), or other combat arms or support units.
Medical 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.
For just about every specialty or field within the Army Medical Department (AMEDD), the Guard offers a bonus and/or student loan repayment program to make your service financially commensurate with your profession.
Medical Professional Officer Special Pay
With a three-year service agreement, medical professionals can receive a special pay bonus—up to $25,000—paid out over three years.
- $25,000 per year for a three-year contract
- $20,000 per year for a two-year contract
- $15,000 per year for a one-year contract
- $20,000 per year for a three-year contract
- $15,000 per year for a two-year contract
- $10,000 per year for a one-year contract
Healthcare providers in the Medical Corps can receive loan repayment assistance—up to $240,000 for certain specialties—by agreeing to a six-year service commitment with the Guard ($40,000 per year, with a $240,000 lifetime cap).
To be eligible, Army National Guard officers will serve in the Selected Reserve. For each year of satisfactory service in the Selected Reserve, any DoD-authorized student loan(s) will be considered eligible for repayment.
Physician Assistants, Physical Therapists may qualify for loan repayments up to $25,000 per year ($75,000 lifetime cap).
The Guard can help you receive advanced training that will help you pursue your desired specialty, both within the Guard and after your service is complete. If you're training in the specialties
listed above, you're eligible for the Specialized Training Assistance Program (STRAP), which offers a monthly stipend of $2,088.
To qualify, you must be unconditionally accepted into the education program or residency for which you seek funding. You'll incur a one-year service obligation for every six months (or part thereof) for which you receive the stipend. Your obligation begins immediately following completion of your residency.
HPLRP and STRAP benefits may be offered at the same time, provided you have completed at least two years of residency training.
Enjoy Additional Benefits
- 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
- Free academic testing and counseling for spouse
- Access to recreational facilities on military installations
- A retirement pension plan at the completion of 20 years of part-time service
The Utah Army National Guard Medical Team can be a great place to start your healthcare career or an inspiring place to lead others with your experience and expertise. Either way, it's an outstanding way to serve your country and help others.
For more information about careers in the Utah Army National Guard Medical Team, contact us.