Army Preventive Medicine Specialist (68S)

Basic Job Description

Services Corps Preventive Medicine Sciences team, which is charged with studying and preventing the spread of disease and infection within the Army. Preventive Medicine Specialists are primarily responsible for conducting or assisting with preventive medicine inspections, surveys and preventative medicine laboratory procedures. They also supervise preventive medicine facilities or serve on preventive medicine staffs.

Duties performed by Soldiers in this MOS include:

Conducts preventive medicine inspections, surveys, and​ control operations and assists with preventive medicine laboratory procedures.

Supervises small preventive medicine services or units. Organizes water, food sanitation, hospital environment, entomological, epidemiological, and environmental stress surveillance programs. Analyzes and evaluates collected data. Supervises technical and administrative functions of preventive medicine activities.

Training Information

Job training for a preventive medicine specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 15 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, which includes on-the-job instruction and practice in testing specimens.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are: Sanitation inspection procedures, understanding of parasites and diseases affecting humans and bacteriological analysis of potable water.

ASVAB Score Required: 101 in aptitude area ST

Security Clearance: None

Strength Requirement: medium

Physical Profile Requirement: 222221

Other Requirements

  • Normal color vision required
  • Credit for completion of one year each of high school level chemistry and algebra or equivalent.

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