If you’re looking for a career in environmental health, join the Army National Guard as a Preventive Medicine Specialist. Your primary responsibility will be to inspect and recommend proper corrective action on environmental and sanitation conditions to keep military personnel safe and healthy.
Preventive Medicine Specialists study and prevent the spread of disease. You will conduct or assist with inspections, surveys, and laboratory procedures. You may also supervise facilities or serve on preventive medicine staffs, as well as develop community health education programs.
Some of the Skills You’ll Learn
• Sanitation inspection procedures
• Understanding of parasites and diseases affecting humans
• Bacteriological analysis of potable water
• Interest in biology, chemistry, and algebra
• Ability to follow detailed procedures precisely
• Interest in scientific and technical work
Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career with privately owned research institutions, public health departments, and environmental sciences professions. With additional study, you may be able to qualify for certification as a registered environmental health specialist/registered sanitarian and certified radiation protection technologist.
Earn While You Learn
Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance.
Job training for Preventive Medicine Specialists consists of 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 15 weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Training consists of both classroom and field work.
Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability.
The National Guard is a unique element of the U.S. military that serves both community and country. The Guard responds to domestic emergencies, overseas combat missions, counterdrug efforts, reconstruction missions and more. Any state governor or the President of the United States can call on the Guard in a moment’s notice. Guard Soldiers hold civilian jobs or attend college while maintaining their military training part time. Guard Soldiers’ primary area of operation is their home state.
The Guard dates back to 1636, when Citizen-Soldiers formed militias to defend community and country. And for 377 years, the Guard has stayed true to its roots. Enlisting in the National Guard means more time at home. Training typically requires one weekend each month, with a two-week training period once each year. Get a degree with money for school, learn job skills that translate to the civilian world, make bonds that last a lifetime and earn pride for life. When you become a Guard Soldier, your family will thank you, your country will thank you and your future will owe you. Contact a recruiter to find more specifics about your opportunities in the Army National Guard.