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Nuclear Medical Science Officer




Nuclear medical science officers are primarily responsible for medical defense that is related to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear matters. As an officer on the U.S. Army health care team, you'll have the opportunity to enhance your skills while conducting research that supports our national defense.

Job Duties

  • Functions in medical nuclear/radiological defense operations, nuclear elimination missions and radiation safety programs

  • Advises on related fields for public, occupational and environmental health

  • Provides identification, evaluation, and guidance for personnel protection for potential radiation hazards

  • Serves as expert on emergency response teams


Active Duty

  • Master's degree in radiobiology, radiochemistry, nuclear physics, health physics, radiological physics, applied atomic physics, nuclear engineering, laser/microwave physics or any 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 (or eligibility for certification) from the American Board of Health Physics

  • Must be between 21 and 42 years of age

  • Must be a U.S. citizen


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


In addition to your annual salary and the many privileges that come with being an officer on the U.S. Army health care team, you'll be rewarded with:

  • May receive pay for continuing education

  • Noncontributory retirement benefits with 20 years of qualifying service

  • No cost or low cost medical and dental care for you and your family

  • Health Professional Student Loan Repayment of $20,000 per year up to a maximum of $60,000

  • Officers enjoy commissary and post exchange shopping privileges; a flexible, portable retirement savings and investment plan similar to a 401(k); may receive pay for continuing education; and specialized training to become a leader in their field.

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