Each of the Armed Services in the US Military maintains its own medical personnel, and the Chief Medical officer can often be a enlisted military Servicemember. The US Army Chief Medical Officer is a senior Non commissioned officer in both the medical and dental fields, and also in medical commands as a nurse or nurse?s assistant. It is a supervisory type position, responsible for training and supervising military medical personnel in their unit. The Senior Medical NCO works to supervise enlisted personnel, and to act as liaison officer between medical staff workers and soldiers, supervising soldiers and activities to help aid in technical, tactical and operations unit training.
Working as a Senior Medical NCO Officer can put you on the spot for making decisions, in some cases, but it is also an earned honor, and is often the culmination of a long enlisted career. The Chief Non COM position works to give expert advice, and act as an advisor to Staff Agencies, Commanders, and Department chiefs, as well as Commanders and medical facility staff. The average Chief Enlisted Medical NCO has between 11 and 18 years of service in the medical enlisted field already. You can often help affect policy and direct how certain issues of enlisted personnel matters are handled at your local unit level. This is not an entry-level career choice but one that will occur after a long period of service working your way up the chain of enlisted command working in the military medical support field. You should be prepared to deal with conflict, and to make decisions. The person serving as the Chief Medical Non commissioned Officer works to perform a number of various functions and duties as senior advisor to Army Facilities, and Commanders and Directors of Dental and Medical Facilities. Working as a senior Medical NCO is a privilege that is earned over a period of time, and one that gives you an advantage in serving your unit. The main responsibility of a Chief Medical NCO is to provide communications between senior commissioned officers, and enlisted medical service personnel, and to supervise the enlisted personnel and relay orders and commands to them.
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At some point you will have to participate in Senior NCO leadership training which will provide you with structure and training to act as Senior Medical NCO. This is not a position for shrinking violets, as the Senior NCO you will be expected to provide leadership and to help keep things running smoothly.