Soldiers use radar to scan the battlefield and detect enemy threats. As a Radiology Specialist, you’ll use medical equipment to scan your fellow Soldiers for a different kind of threat: injuries and illness.
Radiology (the use of X-rays) is one of the many tools doctors use to detect health problems. Working with Medical Corps Officers, Army National Guard Radiology Specialists operate X-ray and X-ray-related equipment to perform radiographic examinations. Radiology Specialists also prepare, assemble, and adjust X-ray instruments and materials, and assemble and disassemble radiology equipment and shelters.
• Perform body section radiography, foreign body localization, prenatal, pediatric, urogenital, and radiographic examinations of the digestive, respiratory, vascular, and nervous systems
• Operate fixed and portable radiology equipment
• Inspect and perform operator maintenance on radiology equipment
Some of the Skills You’ll Learn
• Patient care in radiology
• Medical ethics and law
• Human structure and function
• Principles of radiation protection
• Field radiography
• Interest in algebra, biology, and other sciences
• Strong attention to detail
• Ability to follow strict standards and procedures
• Enjoy helping others
Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career as an X-ray technologist or a nuclear medicine technologist with civilian hospitals, diagnostic clinics, and medical laboratories. You may also be able to specialize in other radiology disciplines and obtain certifications through continued study and experience. Certain restrictions apply, and specific educational criteria must be met.
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 Radiology Specialists consists of 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 46 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.