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Microbiologist - 71A


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

Overview

Microbiologists are primarily responsible for the scientific research of microorganisms for the U.S. Army health care team. As an Officer, you'll have the opportunity to enhance your skills in one of the world's largest health care organizations.

Job Duties

  • Supervise tests, provide consultation/expert advice and conduct research
  • Manage laboratory operations and fiscal/personnel resources
  • Serve in section, branch, department or as a division chief in various laboratories
  • Requirements

    Active Duty

  • Master's degree in microbiology or related field from an accredited program acceptable to the Surgeon General
  • At least one year of clinical laboratory experience in a Department of Defense health care facility, university or other facility
  • Certification by either the American Society of Clinical Pathology or the National Certification Agency for Medical Laboratory Personnel
  • Must be between 21 and 42 years of age
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Army Reserve
  • In addition to the above qualifications, permanent U.S. residency is required for Reserve duty officers.
  • Must be between 21 and 42 years of age (may request a waiver, Locate A Recruiter for more information)
  • Training

    Job training for medical service corps officers includes completing an Officer Basic Leadership Course, which introduces you to the Army Health Care system, Army doctrine and basic Soldier/leader skills.

    Helpful Skills

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

    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
    In addition to the many privileges that come from being on the U.S. Army health care team, you'll also be rewarded with:

  • May receive pay for┬ácontinuing education
  • 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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