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Orthopedic Specialist - 68B

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


The orthopedic specialist assists with management of orthopedic clinic, or assists in treatment of patients with orthopedic conditions and injuries, under the supervision of an orthopedic physician, orthopedic physician assistant, or podiatrist.

Job Duties

  • Assists physicians in treatment of orthopedic patients
  • Removing stitches, sutures or staples
  • Assist in orthopedic surgery
  • Set up sterile and non sterile procedures
  • Help with preop of surgery
  • Requirements

  • Not Applicable
  • Training

    Job training for a orthopedic specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 14 weeks of Advanced Individual Training in Fort Sam Houston.Some of the skills you'??ll learn are:

  • Patient care
  • Assisting the orthopedic surgeon
  • Medical aid
  • Assisting in the orthopedic clinic
  • Cast procedures
  • Helpful Skills

  • Interest in biology and chemistry
  • Enjoy helping others
  • Good handeye coordination
  • Ability to follow spoken instructions and detailed procedures

    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

  • Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time.

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