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Army Medical Department (AMEDD)

There are many reasons to choose a career as a health care professional in the Washington Army National Guard. Whether you are involved in direct patient care, research, disease prevention, or allied health care fields the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) has an abundance of opportunities. The Army Health Care Team is one of the largest comprehensive systems of health care in the country.

  • Medical Corps
  • Dental Corps
  • Medical Specialist Corps
  • Nurse Corps
  • Medical Service Corps

AMEDD Student Recruiter Program

Medical, dental, and masters-level Physician Assistant students in the Army National Guard are eligible for a direct commission. Qualifying for the program is easy: students must join the Army National Guard and be enrolled in good standing or have a firm unconditional written acceptance from an accredited professional school leading to a degree in allopathic medicine (MD), osteopathic medicine (DO), dentistry (DDS or DMD), or a masters level Physician Assistant studies program (PA) in the United States.

Once in the program, ASR participants  are assigned to work with Officer Recruiting and are obligated to assist local medical recruiters to recruit medical, dental, and physician assistant students in their respective schools and degree programs.  This could include helping recruiters with presentations to fellow students, participating in local student organizations as a representative of the Army National Guard, or simply maintaining brochures and recruiting information within the school.

Above all else though, ASR participants should focus on their studies and complete their degrees!  Contact your local OSM for more information!

Judge Advocate General (JAG)

Judge Advocates have provided professional legal service to the Army for over 200 years. Since that time the Corps has grown dramatically to meet the Army's increased need for legal expertise. Today, approximately 1500 attorneys serve on active duty while more than 3,000 Judge Advocates find rewarding part-time careers as members of the U.S. Army Reserve and Army National Guard. Service as an Army National Guard Judge Advocate is available to all qualified attorneys. Those who are selected have the opportunity to practice in areas as diverse as the field of law itself. For example, JAG Corps officers prosecute, defend, and judge, courts-martial, negotiate and review government contracts, act as counsel at administrative hearings, and provide legal advice in such specialized areas as international, regulatory, labor, patent, and tax law, while effectively maintaining their civilian careers.


In general, applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  1. Be at least 21 years old and for appointment as a first lieutenant be younger than 33, and for appointment to captain be younger than 39 (waivers for those exceeding age limitations are available in exceptional cases).
  2. Be a graduate of an ABA-approved law school.
  3. Be a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a state or federal court.
  4. Be of good moral character and possess leadership qualities.
  5. Be physically fit.

Grade of rank at the time of appointment is determined by the number of years of service credit to which an individual is entitled. As a general rule, an approved applicant receives three years constructive credit for law school attendance; plus, any prior active or reserve commissioned service. Any time period is counted only once (i.e., three years of commissioned reserve service while attending law school entitles a person to only three years constructive service credit, not six years). Once the total credit is calculated, the entry grade is awarded as follows:

  • 3 or more but less than 7 years First Lieutenant
  • 7 or more but less than 14 years Captain
  • 14 or more but less than 21 years Major

PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS - The JAG Corps Program is multifaceted, with the degree of participation determined largely by the individual. Officers are originally assigned to a Monthly Unit Training Assembly (MUTA).  Officers attend monthly training assemblies and perform two weeks of annual training a year. If mobilization occurs, they deploy with their unit and provide legal services commensurate with their duty positions.

SCHOOLING - An Army National Guard (ARNG) Judge Advocate (JA) will attend approximately sixteen and one-half weeks of initial military training.  New ARNG JAs are required to complete the Judge Advocate Officer's Basic Course (JAOBC) and the Direct Commissioned Officer (DCO) Course within twelve months of commissioning as a condition of appointment.

Chaplain and Chaplain Candidates

When you join the Army National Guard as a Chaplain, you will be a commissioned officer. If you join prior to ordainment, you will enter as a Chaplain Candidate. Your initial training will include Chaplain Officer Basic Leadership Course, where you'll learn fundamental military tasks and how to perform religious duties in a military environment.

Which religions are represented by chaplains in the National Guard?

All religions and belief systems are welcome in the Guard. To serve as a Guard chaplain, your faith group must have a federally recognized endorsing agency that can issue an ecclesiastical endorsement for you. Typically, you will work with Soldiers from your own faith.

What training will I need for chaplaincy in the National Guard?

Chaplains attend Chaplain Officer Basic Leadership Course, a three-month program at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. This course teaches you to apply your civilian chaplain skills to the Army environment, prepares you physically and mentally to be an officer in the Guard, and covers the complexities of the First Amendment, freedom of expression, counseling, mentoring and leadership. This course can be completed in one block or several phases over a 24-month period.

Can I join the Guard while I'm still in the seminary?

Yes. You don't have to wait till graduation to join the Army National Guard chaplaincy. Training to be a Chaplain in the Guard while simultaneously training for the civilian ministry lets you earn a substantial paycheck while greatly adding to your education and experience.

What are the commissioning prerequisites for chaplain candidacy?

You must be a U.S. citizen by birth or naturalized, pass a physical exam, and be between 21 and 42 years old. There are several educational requirements as well—be sure to look over the complete list of requirements for Army National Guard chaplain candidates.

What rank will I be?

This depends on your work experience and education level. Chaplains are officers in the Army National Guard and generally begin their career progression at the grade of 1LT (First Lieutenant). Advanced appointment as a CPT (Captain) may be possible under certain circumstances.

Will I carry a weapon?

No. Chaplains are non-combatant and therefore never carry weapons. The chaplain assistant provides security for the Unit Ministry Team.

What is the role of the chaplain in the Guard?

Chaplains are the spiritual leaders of the Army National Guard, providing emotional and religious support to Soldiers and their families. You'll perform religious ceremonies, offer guidance and help Soldiers adjust to their military lives and experiences.

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ROTC/GRFD Scholarships

Many of our local universities offer ROTC programs that you can attend while going to college. Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) and Dedicated Army... learn more  >

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Officer Basic Branches

Commissioned officers in all of the National Guard's career fields hold positions of tremendous authority. They are proven leaders, willing to accept challenges... learn more  >

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WA ROTC and Simultaneous Membership Programs

ROTC programs are located in WA at Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University... learn more  >

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Warrant Officers

The Washington Army National Guard Warrant Officer program offers you the opportunity to take your military specialty to a whole new level and enjoy... learn more  >

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Officer Candidate School (OCS)

OCS is traditionally a state run program consisting of four phases. Phase zero consists of weekend drills to prepare the Candidate for phase one... learn more  >