Nurse Corps officers are responsible for caring for an entire population by working with the military community. They monitor the spread of disease, watch for hazards and raise public awareness for good health.

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

Participate in community assessments in order to plan and implement public health programs

Establish activities designed to promote, protect and restore the health of those in the military community

Act as liaison with the community, local/state public health officials, schools and public affairs offices to disseminate health-related information


Active Duty

Bachelor s degree in nursing from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing or the Commission, Collegiate Nursing Education or 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 Officer Basic Leadership Course, 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

Receive Army Nurse Accession Bonus

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

Qualified nurses can receive Special Pay

Health Care 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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