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US Military Physical Therapy - Recruiting

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    Interested in being a DPT in the US Military?

    The most reliable route is to go to the US Army-Baylor University DPT program here:
    This is for those who have not yet been accepted to a DPT program.
    Most DPTs in the military come in through this route, and only a small percentage come in through other means.

    Next most reliable is join the Reserve Component of the Army, Navy, or Air Force. Reserve jobs after initial training involve more or less one weekend a month and two weeks a year of training - so you have a regular full time 'civilian job' and do this on the side.

    Last is contacting a health care recruiter (not a regular military recruiter - one specific to healthcare) and looking to take advantage of periodic 'direct accession boards' that bring people into the Active Component (full time) to fill needs. These boards are not on a regular schedule and a health care recruiter can help you understand how often they happen and how you can put in an application ('packet') for one.

    US Military Health Care Recruiters:
    Air Force:
    These links are current to the best of my knowledge as of 2016 and may evolve or change over time.

    I am partial to the US Army, and it is the largest service by far, but the work is substantially similar and has the advantages I reviewed here regardless of service:

    Good luck!
    Jason Silvernail DPT, DSc, FAAOMPT
    Board-Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy
    Fellowship-Trained in Orthopedic Manual Therapy

    Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

    The views expressed in this entry are those of the author alone and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the US Government.