Job Requirements

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.


To be a medical officer requires one of the following:

Postgraduate Education

  • One completed year of postgraduate medical education (e.g., internship or first year of residency training) in a program that is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education of the AMA or the Bureau of Osteopathic Education of the AOA.


Current, unrestricted, and valid medical license from one of the 50 States; Washington, DC; the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; the U.S. Virgin Islands; or Guam.