68S Preventive Medicine Specialist
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.
- Paid training
- A monthly paycheck
- Montgomery GI Bill
- Federal and State tuition assistance
- Retirement benefits for part-time service
- Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage)
- 401(k)-type savings plan
- Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans)
- Health care benefits available
- VA home loans
- Bonuses, if applicable
- Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change
- Military enlistment in the Army National Guard
- Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate
- Must be between the ages of 17 and 35
- Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards
- Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details)
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.