Army service members carry injured service member in training

As a physician in the U.S. Army, you’ll be given the opportunity to work with elite medical professional teams throughout the world. With over 40 areas of concentration, Army doctors have a very high first-choice match rate for their chosen specialties.

Whether you choose a full-time, active-duty commitment or serve in the U.S. Army Reserve or National Guard while maintaining your civilian practice, you’ll enter as a commissioned officer. This is a leadership position that offers the chance to lead at an earlier point in your career than you might expect in the civilian world.

Core Mission

As a physician in the Army, you are part of an organization with global reach and a reputation for operating at the forefront of medical care and discovery. There are more than 5,000 active-duty and Reserve physicians serving in the Army today.

Army physicians focus their practice in three key areas: operational medicine, clinical medicine and research medicine.

Army Medicine Career Opportunities

Hear from service members the pride they feel in being part of the Army medical corps.

Army Medicine Career Opportunities

Hear from service members the pride they feel in being part of the Army medical corps.

DINGLE: I have witnessed firsthand the exceptional performance of duty of our soldiers and our civilians. Your skills your willingness to adapt and your dedication to duty is what makes Army medicine a premier expeditionary healthcare system. Throughout our Army system Army medicine has been at the forefront providing comfort and care when and wherever our nation has needs. When I see the army medical command pass I'm reminded of the sacrifice and mercy it represents. I wear this patch with pride because of the men and the women whose selfless service concerns the fighting strength of our Army. Today our people are serving on the front lines of the fight against COVID 19 while at the same time caring for our wounded ill and injured. They are serving on the battlefields in hospitals clinics in the labs and behind the scenes they ensure the health and safety of our force and our nation. I am Army medicine. Army medicine is army strong.

Career Highlights

The Army offers practice opportunities in more than 40 specialty and subspecialty areas for physicians. As part of an integrated healthcare team, you’ll provide quality patient care to Soldiers and their families. These specialties include, but are not limited to:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Field Surgery
  • Flight Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Oncology/Hematology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatrics

When you enter the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer, you become part of the largest and most esteemed healthcare organization in the world. To provide the highest level of quality patient care, the Army gives you every opportunity to perfect your specialty. The Army helps you to stay abreast of the newest developments, techniques and latest trends through continuing education courses, seminars and conferences that will help you expand your knowledge and further your career.

Day in the Life

Follow Hunter Winegarner, M.D. as he takes us through a typical day in the life of an Army doctor.
Hunter Winegarner, M.D.

Special Forces Battalion Surgeon, Army

Common Combat Injuries

Hunter explains common injuries received during conflict and why it's important that all soldiers learn basic medical skills.

More About Military Medical Advancements

WINEGARNER: The common wounds that we really want to train hard are the ones that are — that we've identified as being causes of death that are preventable. So there's been some landmark studies out of Iraq and Afghanistan that have looked at what people die of on the battlefield, and the big things that we've identified that guys can basically intervene on and make a difference on are the massive hemorrhage, and so putting tourniquets on and stopping the bleeding as fast as we can is the biggest thing. And then we've also developed even more to get at more of the junctional wounds, which would be kind of up here in the armpits or down here in the groin area. Those parts of the body are really hard to put a tourniquet on, and you can't necessarily stop the bleeding with that, but we’ve developed special gauzes and even some clamps that we can use in the field to stop those bleeding sites. And so, so massive hemorrhage is always something that we're always going to train when we do this TC3 training. And then the pneumothorax, which we also simulated outside, that's another thing that's been identified as potential intervention that guys can do in the field and will save a life, because with penetrating or blunt-chest trauma, there can be basically a ruptured lung and then air leaking into the chest that collapses the lung, and then can even compress on the heart and cause circulation problems. And so just by simply putting a needle in and decompressing that, we can release the tension that's inside the chest and get the blood pumping again.


Army physicians work in some of the most advanced medical facilities as part of one of the largest healthcare networks in the world. The Army also has the largest graduate medical education program of all the Service branches.

Locations for Army Graduate Medical Education continue to evolve to meet the needs of the nation and currently occur in 11 military health training facilities and three research institutes. The locations below provide some additional information on a select few examples of the Army’s global healthcare presence.

The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Burn Center

This center is the sole facility caring for combat burn casualties, beneficiaries and civilian emergencies. Notably, the center’s Army Burn Flight Team is capable of providing worldwide assessment, treatment, and transport of military personnel who have sustained thermal and nonthermal trauma.

Landstuhl Regional Medical Center – Kaiserslautern, Germany

This hospital is a primary evacuation point for service members who need further treatment before coming home to the United States, or who are returning to their units in theater.

Tripler Army Medical Center – Honolulu, Hawaii

This is the largest Army treatment facility in the Pacific Basin and happens to be the only United Nations-designated Peace Operations Training Institute in the United States.

Unique Programs + Opportunities

Part of the allure of practicing medicine in the Army is the range and scope of your potential medical missions and training. Below is just a sample of the programs, training opportunities, and field operational research experiences you can expect to encounter during your career.


SOUTHCOM Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP)

Located in Doral, Florida, SOUTHCOM HAP is responsible for missions in support of partner nations related to human suffering, disease, and natural disaster. This can include rapid response missions in the wake of a disaster, or, more often, helping partner nations prepare in advance should these disasters occur.

U.S. Army Medical Research Directorate-Africa (USAMRD-A)

USAMRD-A is based in Nairobi, Kenya, with clinical research centers and field sites across sub-Saharan Africa. Alongside local institutions, USAMRD-A addresses infectious disease threats and carries out disease surveillance, training, research, and outbreak response.

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