Applying to the Commissioned Corps


The Commissioned Corps is accepting applications for ALL categories! If you are interested in serving as a Commissioned Corps officer in one of our 11 professional categories (Dentist, Dietitian, Engineer, Environmental Health, Health Services, Medical, Nurse, Pharmacist, Scientist, Therapist, Veterinarian) for assignment at any HHS or non-HHS agency where Commissioned Corps officers serve. Please Apply Online

Inter-service Transfers and Former Commissioned Corps officers, including former JRCOSTEPs, are also encouraged to apply.

Attention potential Commissioned Corps applicants!

The Corps opens general duty application opportunities based on the needs of the Service and the needs of the Federal Agencies. Throughout the year the Corps will update upcoming opportunities. Applicants must agree to apply and accept positions with the specific agencies discussed during the preliminary screening process. Please note all applicants must have the following items on or before the preliminary screening open enrollment date:

  • Qualifying degree conferred.
  • Current, unrestricted, valid licensure, registration or certification as applicable based on discipline, submitted with application
  • U.S. native or naturalized citizen
  • Less than 44 years of age (this may be adjusted based on eligible federal PHS civil service and uniform service active duty time)*
  • Less than 8 years of prior active duty service in any uniformed service other than the Commissioned Corps (unless a waiver is deemed appropriate)*
  • Meet suitability, professional, medical and security requirements
  • Please review the medical standards below prior to submitting your application

*The process to become a Commissioned Corps officer may take up to a year. Candidates who exceed the age or prior active duty service time during the application process should be aware that waivers are considered based on the needs of the Corps.

INDIVIDUALS CURRENTLY SERVING ON ACTIVE DUTY (NOT USPHS) Required Documents:

INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE PRIOR UNIFORMED SERVICE (ACTIVE OR INACTIVE) (NOT USPHS) Required Documents:

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For specific questions related to an Inter-Service Transfer (IST), please email phs-ist-assist@hhs.gov

Please contact the Call Center if you experience any technical issues or questions on how to apply, phone 1-888-225-3302 or direct your questions to cchelpdesk@hhs.gov.