Basic Requirements

  • 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

* The process to become a commissioned Corps officer may take up to a year. Candidates who exceed the age, prior service or civil service maximums during the application process should be aware that waivers are not generally approved.


Bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States with a major focus in foods and nutrition, dietetics, institution management, public health nutrition, food science, sports nutrition, or animal nutrition.

Didactic Program

Completed a current didactic program in dietetics approved by the American Dietetic Association (ADA). Applicants also must present verification of completion of one of the following ADA accredited/approved pathways:

  • Accredited Dietetic Internship Program
  • Accredited Coordinated Program


Current, unrestricted, and valid registration by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the American Dietetic Association (ADA).