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Respiratory Specialist - 68V

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


The respiratory specialist is primarily responsible for helping with the management of a respiratory unit by administering respiratory therapy and performing pulmonary function tests under the supervision of a physician or nurse anesthetist. The respiratory specialist is strictly an advanced level position.

Job Duties

  • Examining and treating emergency or battlefield patients
  • Interviewing patients and recording their medical histories
  • Preparing blood samples for laboratory analysis
  • Keeping health records and clinical files uptodate
  • Requirements

  • Not Applicable
  • Training

    Job training for a respiratory specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 36 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including inpatient care.  Some of the skills you'll learn are:

  • Emergency medical treatment
  • Basic nursing care
  • Understanding of the human body
  • Minor surgical procedures
  • Clinical laboratory procedures
  • Methods for diagnosing diseases
  • Helpful Skills

  • Enjoy helping and caring for others
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work under stressful conditions
  • Interest in chemistry, biology, psychology, general science and algebra
  • High attention to detail

    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): 102
  • Compensation

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

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