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Physical Therapist - 65B

  • Active/Reserve:Both
  • Officer/Enlisted:Officer
  • Restrictions:None


Physical therapists improve Soldier readiness by treating them in areas of physical fitness, physical training and injury prevention. As an officer in the Medical Specialist Corps, they play an important role in improving the overall quality of life for Soldiers and their families.

Job Duties

  • Provide the military community with neuro musculoskeletal evaluation, intervention and case management
  • Conduct battlefield Unit Needs Assessments to determine unit mental health status and provide energy conservation assessments
  • Supervise therapy technicians
  • Serve as commander of companies, battalions, brigades and medical treatment facilities
  • Requirements

  • Active Duty/Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy
  • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in biological sciences, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, physics, social sciences or statistics
  • Minimum overall GPA requirements of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum cumulative score of 1000 on the GRE (or 297 on the new GRE scale)
  • Minimum GRE verbal score of 450
  • At least 100 volunteer observation hours in a physical therapy clinic
  • Between 21 and 40 years of age
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Active Duty/Direct
  • Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited physical therapy program
  • Between 21 and 42 years of age
  • Current state license for physical therapy
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Army Reserve
  • Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited physical therapy program
  • Between 21 and 42 years of age (may request a waiver, Locate A Recruiter for more information)
  • Current state license for physical therapy
  • Permanent U.S. residency
  • Training

    Job training for the Army Medical Specialist Corps will offer you the unique opportunity to teach, research and learn at various health education programs. You will work in U.S. Army medical centers, hospitals, clinics and field medical units to gain experience in a wide range of practice environments.

    Helpful Skills

  • Ability to make accurate, immediate decisions
  • Perform under stress
  • Apply critical technical and thinking skills
  • Tremendous concentration

    The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is an examination that is administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command. It is used to determine qualification and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military.

  • No ASVAB
  • Compensation

    Active Duty

  • Health Professional Specialty Pay
  • May receive pay for continuing education, including master's degrees and doctorate programs
  • 30 days of paid vacation earned annually
  • Noncontributory retirement benefits with 20 years of qualifying service
  • Nocost or lowcost medical and dental care for you and your family
  • Army Reserve
  • May receive pay for┬ácontinuing education
  • Noncontributory retirement benefits at age 60 with 20 years of qualifying service
  • Flexible, portable retirement savings and investment plan similar to a 401(k)

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