Posted on May 24, 2020
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I have a Masters of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Molecular Biology. After completion of my PhD, I also obtained my MBA. I have never served in the military. I am interested in joining as a Direct Commissioned officer, if eligible, and serve. I have been talking to one recruiter, but the recruiter is not giving me any information related to direct commission. I was told that I have to go through 10 weeks of BMT followed by 12 weeks of OCS followed by additional training. I know someone with a MS and PhD, who was directly commissioned without going through BMT and OCS. I am a permanent US Resident. I will appreciate your guidance in helping me move in the right direction.
Thank You.
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While not actually military, you could direct commission into the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. It’s one of the eight uniformed services of the US and consists entirely of officers and they frequently serve alongside military counterparts, wear the uniform, and serve on active duty as well as receive all the active duty benefits
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And...they suck. As evidenced by their performance in response to COVID19.
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Contact an AMEDD recruiter.
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Thank you for the suggestion Sir. I really appreciate your guidance.
I will look into the 72 series.
Can you please provide me with the link for the office in San Antonio?
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Ashim Gupta
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Thank you Sir.
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Aloha Ashim,

I can only share my experience. It is is possible to direct commission regardless of your advanced degrees. It does make it easier if they are in the medical or legs field.

If your degrees are non medical or legal, you might be able to direct commission as a 70B and 2LT. My Phd and MPH are in Epidemiology but I did not qualify for the 72D (environmental science officer) as a bachelors in public heath was required but the army would not accept my higher degrees.

It would have taken too much time to get a second bachelors at the time (which I ended up doing) so I worked with my AMEDD recruiter and commissioned in DEC 2018 as a 70B. You do NOT need any specific degree for the 70B. However, I’ve heard they stopped the direct commission process for the 70 series so your best bet is to contact an AMEDD recruiter as suggested by LTC (Join to see)

Good luck!
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Ashim Gupta
Ashim Gupta
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Thank you Sir. I will be contacting them. Also, will have to figure out if being a permanent resident will disqualify me.
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