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Preventive Medicine Specialist

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Preventive Medicine Specialist - 68S

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


Preventive medicine specialists are primarily responsible for conducting or assisting with preventive medicine inspections, surveys and preventative medicine laboratory procedures. They also supervise preventive medicine facilities or serve on preventive medicine staffs.

Job Duties

  • Conduct preventive medicine inspections
  • Assist with preventive medicine laboratory procedures
  • Conduct survey and control operations
  • Requirements

  • Not Applicable
  • Training

    Job training for a preventive medicine specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 15 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, which includes on-the-job instruction and practice in testing specimens. Some of the skills you'll learn are:

  • Sanitation inspection procedures
  • Understanding of parasites and diseases affecting humans
  • Bacteriological analysis of potable water
  • Helpful Skills

  • Interest in biology, chemistry and algebra
  • Ability to follow detailed procedures precisely
  • Interest in scientific and technical work

    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.

  • Skilled Technical (ST) : 101
  • Compensation

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

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