Working in the Army as a Physician Assistant has been an option for Army enlisted personnel since 1973, as part of the Army Health Care system. The Army Physician Assistance is a skilled operator that is part of the medical community that serves as the primary medical provider for many units in the field. The skilled physician’s Assistant has developed into a critical specialty that works to provide medical services from prescribing medications to working to instruct medics headed out into the field.
You Will Be Busy!
You will work alongside doctors and nurses in a community of camaraderie and mutual professional respect. You will have the chance to practice medicine in many locations around the world, both at Army bases and in battlefield conditions. You will perform evaluations, diagnose patients, treat chronic and acute illnesses, as well as treat traumatic and medical emergencies.
As an Army PA you will have the chance to serve within the elite Army combat support or Combat battalions in the United States, or overseas. These are units that include airborne, armored cavalry, light infantry, Armor, or mechanized service units. No matter where you are assigned you will likely serve as the Army medical professional on site. Serving front line Army personnel will be intense, but you will know you have gained their respect when they begin to call you Doc. The Army is focused to help you reach your goals and career achievements, and will help you get training in different advanced areas. There are programs in Aviation Medicine, Medical Management of Chemical Injuries, and Advanced Casualty Care, in addition to other advanced specialties.
To become a physician assistant in the Army you must be a U.S. Citizen, and be between 21 and 48 years of age, and have a bachelor’s degree, and be otherwise qualified as a physician’s assistant with National Commission Certification of Physician Assistants. You also have to meet the standards required to be appointed as an Army commissioned officer.
There will be substantial benefits to serving as an Army physicians assistant, including low housing and insurance, ample pay and benefits, and travel and annual leave provisions. After 20 years you can qualify for full military retirement and veterans benefits. You will also qualify for Post Exchange and commissary benefits.