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Frequently Asked Questions
Will I have a choice of assignments?
Generally, you will be given a choice of assignments from those available for your rank and experience.
What will my first assignment be like?
Most new Army veterinarians are assigned to military facilities within the continental United States, Alaska, or Hawaii. Your initial responsibilities include:
One of the best parts of the job for many is getting to do something different every day and being given the autonomy to make your own decisions on what you are going to do and how you are going to do it.
Will I have to go to basic training?
You will attend Officer Basic Course at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. This course is intended to teach you about the Army, the Army Medical Department , and the Veterinary Corps and prepare you for service in your first assignment. This is not regular Army "basic training".
What benefits does the Army offer?
As an Army Veterinary Officer, you will have the opportunity to take advantage of numerous benefits. These include:
The Army Veterinary Corps gives you a lifestyle, financially, socially, and professionally, that is the envy of many newly graduated veterinarians. You and your family can lead active, fulfilling lives at any of the Department of Defense locations throughout the United States and overseas. The installations to which you will be assigned offer many recreational facilities for you to enjoy, such as golf courses, swimming pools, fitness centers, and hobby and craft shops. If you are assigned overseas you might try skiing in the Alps, visit the Vatican, or climb Mount Fuji. In the U.S. you might vacation at Disney World and stay at the Army's resort hotel, Shades of Green. There are innumerable travel opportunities offered to you and your family that will broaden your perspectives as you learn about and enjoy different cultures and interests.
What physical fitness standards will be expected of me?
A medical examination will be required upon application.
Officers in the Army are required to take a physical fitness test every 6 months. This test includes sit-ups, push-ups, and a 2-mile run. Soldiers are required to achieve at least a 60% in each category.
For a review of the push-up, sit-up and 2-mile run standards visit the Ft. Benning web site.
For general questions regarding service in the Army Veterinary Corps, contact the Corps Chief's Office by e-mail or call 210-221-8149.