Medical-Surgical nurses specialize in care across the entire age spectrum and the continuum of health care needs. As part of the Army Nurse Corps, they play an important role in improving the overall quality of life for Soldiers and their families.

Job Duties

Provides nursing care to all types of combat casualties during low/high-intensity conflicts, wartime environments and other contingency activities

Participates in the preparation, sterilization, monitoring, maintenance and storage of surgical supplies/equipment

Applies clinical and administrative knowledge/skills for research


Active Duty

Bachelor s degree in nursing from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or accepted by the U.S. Secretary of Education

Completion of a qualified course in public health nursing or one year of supervised experience

Must be between 21 and 42 years of age

Current, valid and unrestricted nursing license

Must be a U.S. citizen

Army Reserve

In addition to the above qualifications, permanent U.S. residency is required for Reserve duty officers.

Must be between 21 and 42 years of age (may request a waiver, Locate A Recruiter for more information)


Job training for a Nurse Corps officer includes completing an Basic Officer Leaders Course (BOLC), which introduces you to the Army health care system, Army doctrine and basic soldier/leader skills.

Helpful Skills

Ability to make accurate, immediate decisions

Perform under stress

Apply critical technical and thinking skills

Tremendous concentration


Active Duty

If qualified, nurses may receive Army Nurse Accession Bonus (certain AOCs)

If qualified, nurses may receive Nurse Loan Repayment Program

Low-cost life and dental insurance,

Noncontributory retirement benefits with 20 years of qualifying service

30 days of paid vacation earned annually

Army Reserve

If qualified, nurses may receive can receive Special Pay (certain AOCs)

If qualified, nurses may receive Health Professionals Loan Repayment Program

Noncontributory retirement benefits at age 60 with 20 years of qualifying service

Low-cost life and dental insurance

Education Benefits

The U.S. Army provides generous education loan-repayment programs, residency programs and continuing education opportunities to support your continued career growth and development.


Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at .

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