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Podiatrists treat personnel suffering from diseases, injuries or disorders of the ankle, feet and lower leg. As an officer on the U.S. Army health care team, you'll have access to the latest treatments and drug therapies in order to provide for your patients.

Job Duties

  • Provide surgical/nonsurgical treatment and consultative services

  • Supervise administrative requirements for the podiatry clinic

  • Provide initial diagnosis and management of foot injuries from the battlefield


Active Duty

  • Doctor of podiatric medicine degree from an accredited program acceptable to the Surgeon General

  • Completion of a one-year surgical residency accredited by the Residency Review Committee for the American Podiatric Medical Association

  • License to practice podiatry

  • 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

  • Board Certification Pay of $6,000 per year (prorated monthly)

  • 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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