How difficult is it to get into 68p (radiology specialist) in the Army?

I recently graduated with a bachelors in biology and I am planning on enlisting in the US Army as a radiology specialist. I am also qualified for all jobs with my ASVAB score of 97. It would be extremely helpful if someone who is or was in 68p (or someone in a similar position) can help me with my questions.

- First of all, how often are 68p slots available? Should I wait for it to open for a couple months?
- How well does this job transfer into the civilian workplace? Do hospitals acknowledge training from the Army?
- Is the training difficult?
- Have any of you taken additional training to specialize in fields such as nuclear medicine or ultrasound?
- What kinds of tasks do you actually perform after completing training? My recruiter told me that they don’t take x-rays because they are technicians but I feel that his knowledge on the subject was superficial.

- Also a question in a different category on its own but are there any officer positions in the medical field that I can get into with my biology degree that I can transfer effectively over into the civilian workplace better than a radiology specialist?

Comments

  1. There are a couple you’d qualify for and being a medical professional all you’d have to take is a basic officer leadership course so you can learn to salute. LOL

    http://www.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs/stem/about-army-stem/science-jobs.html

  2. Living the Dream says:

    - 68P opens up according to the needs of the Army. There’s no way to tell when it will become available.If that’s what you heart’s set on, then don’t sign for anything else, and go back to MEPS another day.

    - Strictly speaking, it doesn’t translate to the civilian world at all, as the Army doesn’t automatically give you the certifications to be a x-ray tech in the civilian world. However, they Army will pay for you to take the test that x-ray techs need to get civilian certifications. You’re not forced to do it, and if you fail it and want to take it again, you pay for subsequent testing.

    - A bunch of 68P’s I know are straight up idiots, so it can’t be that hard.

    - Depending on where you’re assigned and the radiologist you work under, you may be able to get advanced training (and the opportunity to later take the test for certification) on MRI, CATS and other imaging.

    - You will take the x-rays that the radiologist/provider need to check for injuries/illness. You will be taught all the positions you need while in AIT. You will not “read” or give interpretations of the x-rays to the doctor; that is the radiologist’s job.

    - A biology degree will get you nothing in the military officer medical field, except maybe a medical services officer. But they don’t do anything with patient care; they’re administrative only.

  3. That was my MOS on my second enlistment. It used to be known as 91P – anyhow, that’s an x-ray technician. The training was at Fort Sam Houston, located in San Antonio, Texas. Yes, the training was demanding – but if you’ve your Bachelors, you’ve definitely got what it takes.

    Your recruiter was mistaken – an x-ray technician takes x-rays. I’d speak to a different recruiter if I were you. As for nuclear medicine technician or ultrasound technician – those are different schools. If you choose to enlist for any of the three specialties, be sure you read the written contract carefully before you sign it.

    None of these three specialties are commissioned. You’d graduate training as a Specialist E-4 – the equivalent of a corporal. (We called ourselves “Spec Four”) The good news is, any of the three are good for civilian employment – especially ultrasound technologist.

    There are officer positions in the medical field, but they don’t involve patient care unless you’re an MD. And I’m sure you know that’s another four years – minimum – of college. You ready for medical school? Otherwise, with your degree, you’d be sent to school to learn the duties of an administrative officer – company commander of a medical unit, for instance, or head of hospital maintenance, or head of hospital logistics…even officer in charge of the hospital motor pool.

    Don’t rush into enlisting. I’m very proud of my ten years in the Army, but the other services are just as in need of medical people, and their schools are just as good as the Army’s. I wish you luck!

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