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AMEDD Education Requirements
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As an AMEDD officer, your military education is as important to your military career as your civilian education is to your civilian job. Both must be kept up to date and within the guidelines established by your specific area of expertise. Whether your specialty is Physical Therapy or Optometry, there are certain levels of education required for all officers. A typical course of action for the AMEDD officer is outlined below:

  1. Civilian education/licensure: As an AMEDD officer, you will be required to maintain any professional license you may hold by meeting the requirements specified for that license (i.e.; continuing education credits, annual/renewal fees, exams, seminars, etc.)You may also be required to obtain a more advanced degree for promotion to the next higher rank, if not already qualified.

  2. Military Education: Just as you would go from an Associate, to a Bachelors, to a Masters and so on, the military also has courses to develop your professional soldier skills.

    1. Officer Basic Course (OBC) - This is the basic course which qualifies you in your area of concentration (AOC). It is designed to train the officer in his/her specialized area with a focus on how that area relates to military operations. The course includes basic military doctrine and physical training as well. There are two options for completion of OBC:

      1. Reserve Component (RC) - Normally two weeks in duration, this course is specifically designed for AMEDD officers in the ARNG and USAR.

    2. Officer Advance Course (OAC) - more advanced training in your area of expertise to prepare officers for command and Staff assignments. OAC is offered in both an AC and RC course.

    3. Command & General Staff Officer Course (CGSOC) - a more advanced course for senior officers, also offered in resident and resident/correspondence phase options. There are 2 levels of CGSOC: the Tactical Level (completion is required for promotion to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel), and the Operational Level (completion is required for promotion to the rank of Colonel).

NOTE: Both OBC and OAC courses for AMEDD officers are held at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX. All AMEDD officers are required to complete OBC .

Officer Basic Course (OBC)


Course provides basic entry level orientation to the Army Medical Department and prepares graduates to perform in first duty assignment. Curriculum focuses on:

  1. Background knowledge of AMEDD
  2. Establishment of professional attitude
  3. Competency to perform critical leadership skills
  4. Battlefield survival
    1. Course Director: Manages the student evaluation program.
    2. Class Advisor: Academics, liaison between students and A Company/other faculty members, assistance with personnel issues.
    3. TAC Officer: Student Company representative, In/Out processing, finance, orders, ID cards, housing, transportation, coordination with support agencies.
    4. Class Leadership: Student accountability, role models, facilitating class actions with class committees, interacting with Class Advisor.
    5. Students: Must attend all training, participate in all hands-on instruction and remain alert. Additionally, students must meet the following prerequisites:
      1. RC Commissioned Officer (AMEDD)
      2. Must not have completed nor received credit for any AMEDD Officer Basic Course
      3. Be able to participate in FTX (Field Training Exercises)

    Average size: 190-200 Students
    Student Rank: 1LT through COL
    Student Age: 21 through 55 years