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    Default Direct commission as 68w

    I am going to SH for ait in Jan. For 68w. I am enlisting as e4 since I already have a degree. If I choose to not apply for ocs, how can I DC in the medical field?

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    Talk to an AMEDD recruiter.
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    And you wouldn't direct commission as a 68W - that's an enlisted MOS.

    It would involve you getting a medical degree, if you don't already have one.
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    What about becoming a PA? Also read something about completing IPAAP? Maybe they're one in the same, I'm not sure.

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    The IPAP is the (highly competitive) Interservice PA Program, open to servicemembers and Federal employees. It is held at Ft. Sam Houston as an extension course from an out of state university. Upon completing the course, you are commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Medical Specialist Corps.

    In order to direct commission into the Army Medical Corps you need to have a degree and license as a Medical Doctor, and you will commisssion as a Captain.

    In order to direct commission into the Army Medical Specialist Corps as a PA you need to have a degree and license as a Physician Assistant.

    In order to direct commission into the Army Nurse Corps you need to have a Bachelor's or higher degree and license as a Registered Nurse.

    Does that help?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grunt Medic TXARNG View Post
    The IPAP is the (highly competitive) Interservice PA Program, open to servicemembers and Federal employees. It is held at Ft. Sam Houston as an extension course from an out of state university. Upon completing the course, you are commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Medical Specialist Corps.

    In order to direct commission into the Army Medical Corps you need to have a degree and license as a Medical Doctor, and you will commisssion as a Captain.

    In order to direct commission into the Army Medical Specialist Corps as a PA you need to have a degree and license as a Physician Assistant.

    In order to direct commission into the Army Nurse Corps you need to have a Bachelor's or higher degree and license as a Registered Nurse.

    Does that help?
    Would any degree suffice? I have a bachelors in business management. Thanks for the info.

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    Oh, and if you apply to OCS and successfully complete it you will have NO control over which branch you commission in - you could be given Infantry, Armor, Artillery, Transportation, Logistics, or ???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bpeebles82 View Post
    Would any degree suffice? I have a bachelors in business management. Thanks for the info.
    To commission into the medical specialties, you have to have the appropriate medical degree. Any Bachelor's degree qualifies you to attend OCS - which can get you your bars, but you give up any control over what branch you are commissioned in.

    I wish you good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grunt Medic TXARNG View Post
    To commission into the medical specialties, you have to have the appropriate medical degree. Any Bachelor's degree qualifies you to attend OCS - which can get you your bars, but you give up any control over what branch you are commissioned in.

    I wish you good luck!
    Thanks again. I'm looking forward to my time as a 68w, but I'm not married to the idea. I'm very open to options in ocs. MSG Glenn explained to me that ocs is based on a merit system. So I'll be aiming to do exceed in order to have a little say so.

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    At 29, you're too old for OCS, and they are accepting no age waivers.

    Also, it is an order of merit list (OML) based system, but the amount of branch slots are dictated by HRC\branches. So while you may be on top of the OML, but if there aren't any Signal slots (for example), you aren't branching Signal.
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