COMBAT SERVICE SUPPORT
Adjutant General Corps
- People are the Army. To manage our most valuable resource, the Army has a series of personnel management systems. These systems impact on unit readiness, morale, and soldier career satisfaction, and cover the life cycle management of all Army personnel. The Adjutant General's Corps runs these systems.
- The AG Corps officer is responsible for both peacetime and wartime personnel systems. These systems cover all personnel activities from accession of new soldiers, to discharge and retirement. While AG officers train to operate specialized wartime personnel systems such as replacement operations, strength accounting, casualty reporting, and postal, they must also operate the peacetime personnel system on a day-to-day basis. Being an AG officer presents varied challenges to solve real personnel problems.
- Development of the AG Corps officer parallels that of other branches in offering both Basic and Advanced Courses in the Adjutant General's School. AG Corps officers can expect a wide variety of assignments, ranging from a battalion staff officer to commander of a Personnel Service Company. AG Corps officers can be found at all levels in the Army, in virtually every country in the world. All AG Corps officer skills are open to women.
- The AG Corps is a dynamic and ever changing branch that has the tremendous responsibility of operating the Army's personnel support systems. It is the right choice for a bright and energetic young person who is people oriented.
Army Medical Specialist Corps
- The Army Medical Specialist Corps is composed of qualified dietitians, physical therapists and occupational therapists. The minimum educational qualification is a bachelor's degree with a major in a related subject. The Army provides the specialty training through approved dietetic internship, physical therapy course or occupational therapy clinical affiliations.
- Men and women in the Army Medical Specialist Corps are assigned to all Army medical centers and most hospitals in the United States and overseas.
Army Nurse Corps
- An Army nurse is an officer, too. So you can expect all the privileges, prestige, and respect due any officer in the U.S. Army.
- Because Army medicine is practiced around the world, you're also assured of being exposed to a much wider variety of cases early in your career than a civilian nurse. And you can change hospitals without losing seniority.
- The majority of your time will be spent taking care of patients, instead of doing non nursing chores. And you'll be exposed to a range of cases which is almost impossible to duplicate in civilian nursing.
- In the Army, you'll not only grow as a health care professional but as a person as well. The educational opportunities in the ANC are second to none. You may apply for clinical specialty courses in Intensive Care, Operating Room Nursing, Community Health and Environmental Science, and Psychiatric Nursing.
- A BSN is needed to qualify for the Army Nurse Corps.
- From the beginning of our national history, chaplains, as soldiers of God, have helped to shape the heritage of America. The United States Army Chaplaincy was officially created by an act of Continental Congress in July of 1775 upon the urgent request of General George Washington. Today's chaplains, representing over 100 faith groups, provide comprehensive religious support to soldiers and their families in war and peace.
- Chaplains may be commissioned through ROTC, USMA, OCS, or direct commission channels. Chaplains must possess a baccalaureate degree and three graduate years of professional study in theology. They must also be endorsed to serve as Army chaplains by their denominations, churches, or other recognized ecclesiastical endorsing agents.
- Chaplains may enter the Army as first lieutenants but normally spend their tour as a captain. Chaplains perform many types of ministry as a part of the Unit Ministry Team, which includes both chaplains and enlisted chaplain assistants.
- Chaplains may minister to soldiers and family members in troop units, in hospitals, in Army Service Schools, or in overseas military communities. With a worldwide mission, the Unit Ministry Team facilitates the free exercise of religion for all soldiers and their family members guaranteed by the United States Constitution.
- For those who are called to serve both God and country, the United States Army Chaplain Corps offers a challenging and rewarding career.
- All specialties of dentistry are represented in the Army Dental Corps. And its mission is a lot more important than relieving toothaches.
- To help preserve the strength of the Army, the Dental Corps provides preventative, surgical and restorative dental care to its members.
- Officers are appointed to the Dental Corps after graduating from an accredited school of dentistry and being awarded either a degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD).
- The ultimate mission of the Finance Corps is to sustain the combat soldier and commanders in the field with timely and accurate finance and accounting support.
- This support includes military and civilian pay, the preparation and payment of travel, transportation and commercial vendor vouchers, and accounting for the obligation and disbursement of public funds.
- In addition to providing the traditional military pay support to the individual soldier, the Finance Corps plays an important role in supporting logistical, medical, and supply requirements during tactical missions. As a Finance Corps lieutenant, you may be part of a Finance Support Detachment assigned to support a tactical unit. These missions could require you to set up and monitor contacts with local commercial vendors financing local purchases for supplemental rations, repair parts, fuel, or anything else that supports the mission.
- To become a Finance Corps lieutenant, you must have a baccalaureate degree with specialization in business, accounting, or computer science, and a minimum of six academic hours of accounting.
- As a newly commissioned officer, your training begins at the Finance Officer Basic Course. Additional training may include the Commercial Accounts or Military Accounting course. These courses provide you with the basic skills necessary for the various duties you may be expected to perform, such as Disbursing Officer; Chief, Pay and Exam; Operations Officer or Central Accounting Officer.
- Whether you actually handle the cash, maintain pay accounts, or accomplish the internal unit support requirements, you'll have a great deal of responsibility and work with up-to date computer equipment. As a bright, motivated Finance Corps officer, you'll also find that the rewards are commensurate.
Judge Advocate General's Corps
- The Judge Advocate General's Corps provides legal services for the Army and its soldiers. Judge advocates serve as prosecutors and defense attorneys for criminal trials under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. In addition, they practice international, operation, labor, contract, environmental, tort, and administrative law. Judge advocates also provide routine legal services for soldiers, retirees, and their families. They practice in military, state, and federal courts.
- Newly commissioned judge advocates receive immediate responsibility in handling significant legal issues. They encounter a diversified, challenging and rewarding law practice stationed throughout the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Japan, Korea, Germany, Italy, and in other countries.
- To become a judge advocate you must be a graduate of an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school and admitted to practice before the highest court of a state or federal court. Judge advocates enter the Army as first lieutenants and are promoted to captain between 6 and 9 months later.
- The Army Medical Corps offers the kind of professional challenges that prevents a doctor's career from becoming a predictable daily routine. Patient care, teaching, research, directing a medical facility - a physician can do all this and more in the Army. And still have time for his or her personal life.
- As an Army physician, you'll have an opportunity to work in some of our country's leading hospitals and medical centers: Walter Reed, Washington, D.C.; and Tripler, Honolulu, HI, to name just a few. You'll find yourself working with other physicians and support teams who are dedicated to providing patients with the best health care possible. And the Army helps to make it possible by providing the most sophisticated, high-tech equipment available.
- Becoming an Army physician can benefit you in other ways, too. You'll receive 30 days paid vacation every year. Good pay. Living allowances. And you won't have malpractice premiums to pay or any overhead or startup expenses.
Medical Service Corps
- The Medical Service Corps is an integral part of the Army Health Care Team. It works together with other members to provide health care services for soldiers, their families, and retirees.
- The Medical Service Corps is organized into four sections: Pharmacy, Supply, and Administration; Medical Allied Sciences; Optometry; and Podiatry.
- This versatile Corps offers exposure to diverse areas of medicine and many excellent career opportunities.
- The Ordnance Corps is responsible for keeping the Army's combat forces moving and shooting. Since the Ordnance Corps is the largest corps in the Army, the opportunity to command exists at all levels. Ordnance officers command companies, battalions, arsenals, depots, groups and division and corps support commands, and routinely enjoy command and senior staff positions as one, two, and three star generals (e.g. Support Commands, Corps Support Commands, Theater Army level, AMC commodity commands, etc.).
- As an ordnance officer, you will command and lead soldiers and civilians, who develop, produce, acquire and support the Army's weapons systems, ammunition, missiles, and wheeled and tracked vehicles. You will also be required to manage and maintain a diverse range of Army materiel from conventional and special ammunition to major weapon and missile systems. As a newly commissioned ordnance officer, you'll attend the Ordnance Officer Basic Course at either the U.S. Army Ordnance Center and School or the U.S. Army Ordnance Missile and Munitions Center and School.
- In order to accomplish its mission, the Ordnance Corps requires smart, articulate leaders capable of effectively managing large numbers of personnel and equipment. Ordnance officers are trained in one of the following areas: Tank/Automotive Materiel Management, Missile/Electronic Materiel Management, Munitions Materiel Management, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal. You may also have the opportunity to serve in the areas of Research and Development, Contracting and Industrial Management, and Materiel Acquisition Management.
- Keeping the combat forces ready to fight is a tremendous job, which only Ordnance can accomplish.
- Whether you're considering making the Army a career or looking for an opportunity to gain leadership and management experience, the Quartermaster Corps is for you. As the "Sustainer of the Army", the Quartermaster Corps plans and directs activities which provide soldiers with food, water, petroleum, repair parts, weapons systems, and a multitude of field services.
- As a newly commissioned Quartermaster officer, you'll attend the Quartermaster Officer Basic Course. The Basic Course develops your leadership and technical skills in the three occupational specialties of the Quartermaster Corps: Petroleum Management, Materiel/Service Management, and Subsistence Management. After completing the 17-week Officer Basic Course, you'll be eligible to attend additional military schools such as Airborne School, Ranger School, and Parachute Rigger School. After completing all training you'll then be assigned to a challenging leadership position supporting combat soldiers and their systems.
- As a Quartermaster officer you'll make use of the most modern equipment and technology to solve the logistical problems of today and tomorrow. With these tools, you'll create the most effective and efficient method of providing soldiers with the right items, at the right place, at the right time.
- Given the Quartermaster Corps's diverse and demanding mission, you can be assured of finding yourself in a challenging and rewarding position from the very beginning. You'll have the opportunity to plan and accomplish things that your peers have only read about.
- Transportation Corps lieutenants get combat power to the right place at the right time. As a transportation lieutenant you may serve as a train commander with the Berlin Brigade, or lead a major convoy in the resupply of REFORGER, the paramount NATO exercise. You could be charged with loading the Navy's second largest ship, the 946-foot SL7, or be responsible for the Army's hovercraft and deploy them overseas. You might oversee the resupply of United Nations Peace Keeping Force outposts on the Sinai Peninsula, or deploy with your soldiers to Europe, Africa, or Antarctica. Transportation lieutenants make things happen.
- You will lead soldiers and have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of command. You will not only master primary tactical skills - the skills to keep you and your soldiers alive in combat - but also develop proficiency in terminal, rail, tactical truck, and marine operations. Later you may compete for advanced degrees in several academic traditions and training with major U.S. corporations, as well as proceed to senior levels of responsibility. The challenge remains.
- Transportation Corps -- The Spearhead of Logistics.
- With the Army's mechanized cavalry, you'd probably think its need for the Veterinary Corps is minimal at best.
- Not true. While the cavalry was assuming a new look, the Veterinary Corps was assuming new roles and responsibilities.
- By virtue of education and training, the veterinarian is more than qualified to function not only in animal medicine, but in public health matters and comparative medicine, as a full fledged member of the Army Health Care Team.
- Army veterinarians are vital to the management and care of laboratory animal resources and studies, and biomedical research and development. Veterinary officers are assigned wherever food hygiene and nutritional quality, preventative medicine, or animal medicine or research is conducted.