Behavioral Health

The DoD-PHS Partners in Mental Health Initiative:

If you are interested in becoming an officer in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, please note that applications for specific professions are accepted based on the current needs of the Corps. Please visit our How to Apply page for updates on which professions are currently being accepted.

Behavioral Health officers

Behavioral health officers within the Commissioned Corps are psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and psychiatrist nurses. These officers are needed by America now more than ever. Untold numbers of U.S. wounded warriors are returning home from combat with post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries, and other undiagnosed behavioral health issues. Through our partnership with the Department of Defense, established in 2008, you can assist our Nation’s warriors, their family members, and other individuals with behavioral health needs. In addition to serving wounded warriors, our behavioral health officers can also be found providing clinical care, responding to public health disasters and emergencies, and developing and implementing mental illness prevention and treatment programs that benefit entire communities.

“Every day researchers are discovering more evidence that underscores the link between our mental health, our physical health, and our overall well-being. In the Commissioned Corps, mental health officers complement the health care provided to underserved populations and victims of public health emergencies to care for patients holistically.”

U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps

Salary and Benefits

For the most part, Commissioned Corps officers enjoy the same benefits as their counterparts in their sister uniform services. Among the many benefits officers receive are:

  • Competitive starting pay that increases with promotions and years of service
  • Loan repayment potential
  • Health care and dental care for officers at no cost
  • Low-cost health care and dental care for your family
  • Healthcare benefits continue during retirement
  • Low-cost group life insurance
  • Thirty days of paid vacation per year – beginning the first year
  • Paid sick leave, maternity leave, and Federal holidays
  • Retirement plan with benefits elegibility beginning after 20 years of service
  • Thrift Savings Plan (retirement saving and investment plan similar to 401(k))

Page Last Modified on 2/3/2014