Applying to the Commissioned Corps

The Commissioned Corps is accepting applications for all professional categories for applicants who must be willing to serve where the needs of the service dictate or within the organizations that provide clinical care services listed below.

Please contact the Call Center at 1-888-225-3302 or direct your questions to

  • Indian Health Service
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Department of Homeland Security
    • U.S. Coast Guard
    • Immigration Health Service Corps
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Federal Occupational Health
  • Department of Interior/National Park Service, Clinical Site
  • Department of Defense/Defense Health Agency
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs/Veterans Health Administration

We are emphasizing our recruiting for the following categories:
Medical officers, Veterinary officers, Dental officers, and Nurse Practitioners officers.

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*
  • Meet suitability, professional, medical and security requirements

We encourage all potential applicants to carefully review the below application requirements prior to initiating the application process.

  • Application materials are NOT available online and will ONLY be provided to candidates that successfully pass the preliminary screening and are selected to apply to the USPHS Commissioned Corps
  • Selected applicants will be required to submit application documents in one packet and postmarked within 60 days of the email granting access to the Learning Management System (LMS)
  • Applicants MUST agree to apply and accept positions with the specific agencies discussed during the preliminary screening process

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 generally not approved. Selected applicants will be required to submit the following documents for review:

  • PHS Application for Appointment form (two copies; both signed and dated in ink)
  • PHS Reference Request form (three professional references)
  • Personal Statement (signed)
  • Original Transcripts (in sealed envelopes) from ALL post-secondary schools attended
  • Updated Curriculum Vitae/Resume (two copies)
  • Copy of professional license, and/or board certifications
  • If born outside U.S., a copy of Naturalization Certificate (or other proof of U.S. Citizenship)
  • Declaration for Federal Employment (signed-appointee)
  • 3 forms of identification
  • Medical Review and Clearance