Army MOS 18D Special Forces Medical Sergeant
Special forces medical sergeants are considered to be the finest first-response/trauma medical technicians in the
world. Though they’re primarily trained with an emphasis on trauma medicine, they also have a working knowledge
of dentistry, veterinary care, public sanitation, water quality and optometry.
Provide initial medical screening and evaluation of allied and indigenous personnel
Provide examination and care to detachment members
Supervise medical care and treatment during missions
Operate a combat laboratory and treat emergency and trauma patients
Develop and provide medical intelligence as required
Special forces medical sergeants have very demanding physical requirements. Good eyesight, night vision and
physical conditioning are required to reach mission objectives via parachute, land or water. Also required is
excellent hand-eye coordination to detonate or deactivate explosives.
In most instances, special forces medical sergeants are required to be qualified divers, parachutists and
Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that
helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.
Due to the wide variety of missions, special forces medical sergeants are trained swimmers, paratroopers and
survival experts, as well as trained in many forms of combat. Training for the special forces medical sergeants
consists of 60 weeks of formal classroom training and practice exercises.
Some of the skills you’ll learn are:
Physical conditioning, parachuting, swimming and scuba diving
Using land warfare weapons and communications devices
Handling and using explosives
Bomb and mine disposal
Readiness to accept a challenge and face danger
Ability to stay in top physical condition
Interest in medicine and science
Ability to remain calm in stressful situations
Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total
In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus
an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.
Future Civilian Careers
As a member of a special forces medical sergeants, you’re trained to defend against dangerous forces. As a
Special Operations Medical Sergeant you will also receive valuable training in the field of medicine.
The skills you acquire as a special forces medical sergeants will most certainly prepare you for a career in
medicine, especially as an emergency medical technician. With additional medical training, you might consider a
career as a physician’s assistant.
Related Army Positions
Special Forces Communications Sergeant (18E)
Special Forces Weapons Sergeant (18B
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