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Protect Freedom at Home and abroad-Well Show You How. The National Guard has unique, duel mission - to serve Colorado communities and the nation. That means the mission that will be put before you will varied and demand you’re very best. Face the worst Mother Nature has to offer or help our forces to be ready to conduct operation to track down terrorists. These are your missions, should you choose to accept them. When you become a part of the Colorado Army National Guard. America counts on you. If you are looking for an exciting part-time career that’s different from your usual day to day, then the National Guard will be a great fit for you.To Conserve Fighting Strength Crest

The Colorado Army National Guard offers direct commissions in Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Officer Branches to highly qualified medical professionals who have acquired special skills through education and employment experience. Opportunities exist for Physicians, Physician Assistants, Dentists, Nurses, and persons who desire a career in medical administrative, logistical, and operational positions.

AMEDD personnel from Colorado Army National Guard have provided medical support during state and federal missions. State missions have included providing medical support to attendees of the Pope's visit in 1994; providing medical care to low income families during Guard Care; provide logistical support to 9 News Health Fair; and Medical Readiness Exercises in Panama, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Belize, and Honduras. Federal missions have included providing medical support to soldiers during Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield in the early 1990s.

Today, the Colorado Army National Guard AMEDD community continues to serve proudly in the true tradition of the National Volunteer, the Citizen Soldiers; providing medical support stateside to soldiers preparing for deployment and providing medical care to soldiers overseas in Operations Noble Eagle, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

CW4 Peggy Escolopio is the AMEDD Strength Manager for the Colorado Army National Guard. She is responsible for the recruitment of medical professionals for the Colorado Army National Guard. Call her at 720-250-1352.

Sgt. 1st Class Danny Heide is the AMEDD Technician for the Colorado Army National Guard. He is responsible for the administrative processing of applications for appointment of Commissioned AMEDD Officers to the Colorado Army National Guard. Call him at 720-250-1348.


AMEDD insignia  History of the Army Medical Department

AMEDD insignia  Medical Corps

  • Physicians, Residents, & Medical Students

AMEDD insignia  Medical Specialist Corps

  • Physician Assistants

AMEDD insignia  Dental Corps

  • Dentists & Dental Students

AMEDD insignia  Army Nurse Corps

  • Certified Nurse Practitioners & Registered Nurses

AMEDD insignia  Medical Service Corps

  • Human Resources, Operations and Training, Logistics & Optometry

AMEDD insignia  COARNG AMEDD Strength Management Office


History of the Army Medical Department

The Army Medical Department (AMEDD) was formed on 27 July 1775, when the Continental Congress authorized a Hospital Department for a 20,000-man Army. There was, however, no formal regimental organization until World War I. Then, in the late 1950's, the brigade replaced the regiment as a tactical unit. In the reorganizations which followed, some Army units lost their identity, their lineage, and their history. This loss did not go unnoticed, and the U. S. Army Regimental System was created to reverse this trend. The regiment has always been the source of tradition and history in our Armed Forces, as well as in those of England and Australia, and the source of many of our military customs. Since it is no longer a tactical unit and no longer subject to frequent reorganizations, the regiment will have a permanent and stable place of honor as the Army's "Keeper of the Colors."

Hospitol PictureThe AMEDD Regiment can trace its roots to 1818, the year the crest was adopted. The exact date cannot be confirmed, but the 20 stars in the crest suggest that it was in 1818, as there were 20 states in the Union in 1818. An additional fact supports the 1818 date - Congress passed an Act, in April of 1818, which reorganized the staff departments of the Army.

The purpose of the Army Regimental System is to foster unity. The bonding agent of unity is cohesiveness. Soldiers with close ties, with strong feelings of esprit de corps, characterize a cohesive unit - one that gets the job done. Medical soldiers will identify with their regiment. They will soon realize that the thread of the regiment will be woven throughout the fabric of their respective organizations - in operational matters, in training matters, and in personnel matters.

The Army Medical Department Regiment was activated on 28 July 1986, during a ceremonial review on MacArthur Field, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Lieutenant General Quinn H. Becker, The Surgeon General, U. S. Army, and AMEDD Regimental Commander, was the reviewing officer. Major General Julius J. Chosy, Deputy Surgeon General for Mobilization and National Guard Affairs, and Brigadier General Robert L. Wick, Jr., Deputy Surgeon General for Mobilization and Reserve Affairs, were members of the reviewing party. Their presence was significant in that members of the Reserve Components comprised 70 percent of the AMEDD force.

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Medical Corps CrestMedical Corps (Board Certified Physicians, Residents, & Medical Students)

The Colorado Army National Guard offers physicians, residents, and medical students the opportunity to broaden their professional horizons. Army National Guard physicians train with some of the country's and the world's premiere physicians. They utilize unique medical equipment designed to meet the rigorous conditions of military medicine. Professional development and training are foundations of Army NationalSurgery Picture Guard medicine. Army Guard physicians have the opportunity to attend many specialized courses and seminars not always available to civilians. Military training courses are also available to prepare physicians for essential leadership and staff positions.

Physicians receive a direct commission as a Medical Corps officer. At a minimum Medical Corps Officers would be appointed as a Captain, possibly higher. As a qualified physician having completed their residency with a specialty considered a "critical wartime shortage", you may be eligible to receive:

1. A $30,000 accession (signing) bonus

2. A $50,000 in student loan repayment

In modern medicine, sharpening your skills and keeping abreast of the latest techniques is imperative. That's why all Medical Corps Officers are encouraged to attend one Continuing Medical Education course each year, at the government's expense up to $2,500. Individuals attending a qualified residency program receive a direct commission as a Medical Corps officer. Residents receiving their commission as a Medical Corps Officer will typically be appointed as a Captain. As a resident you may qualify to receive:

1. A monthly stipend for $1,185

2. As you progress in your medical education you become eligible to receive additional incentives and training

Medical students receive a direct commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps. Upon completion of medical school you will be "reappointed" as a Captain, Medical Corps Officer. Tuition Assistance is available to you as a medical student.

1. Federal Tuition Assistance (up to $4,500 per year)

2. State Tuition Assistance (limits based upon available funding)

3. As you progress in your medical education you become eligible to receive additional incentives and training.

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Medical Special Corps CrestMedical Specialist Corps (Physician Assistants)

The Colorado Army National Guard offer physician assistants opportunities to broaden their professional experience and medical careers. Physician assistants are a vital part of the Colorado Army National Guard Medical Team. If you are you looking for new challenges and ready to take on new responsibilities, plus serve your country in a different and exciting environment, then consider serving as a physician assistant in the Colorado Army National Guard.

Soldier Helping Local PictureYou will train to practice military medicine that may include advance trauma life support, and disaster relief. Much of your service would be in a training environment with the potential of utilizing that training in a wartime scenario.

Physician Assistants receive a direct commission as a Medical Specialist Corps Officer. Medical Specialist Corps officers are typically appointed as Second Lieutenants. However, education, experience, and prior commissioned military service may qualify you for appointment at a higher grade. As a qualified physician having completed their residency with a specialty considered a "critical wartime shortage", you may be eligible to receive:

1. A $30,000 accession (signing) bonus

2. A $50,000 in student loan repayment

In modern medicine, sharpening your skills and keeping abreast of the latest techniques is imperative. That's why all Medical Specialists Corps Officers are encouraged to attend one Continuing Medical Education course each year, at the government's expense up to $2,500.

If you are already a physician assistant as a civilian, you may receive a direct commission as a second lieutenant. As an officer in the Colorado Army National Guard, you will experience the feeling of true accomplishment and a sense of pride that comes from knowing you are serving your country and community as a highly qualified health care professional.

If you are a member of the National Guard and want to become a physician assistant, you may qualify to enroll in the 18-month Interservice Physician Assistant Program (IPAP). Upon completion of the program, you will receive a commission as a second lieutenant in the Colorado Army National Guard.

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Dental Corps CrestDental Corps (Dentists and Dental Students)

The mission of the Dental Corps in to ensure dental readiness, promote dental health, and provide dental care for the Colorado Army National Guard and America's Army.

The Colorado Army National Guard offers dentists and dental students the opportunity for personal and professional growth while serving their community and country. Army National Guard dentists train with some of the country's and the world's premiere dentists. They utilize unique dental equipment designed to meet the rigorous conditions of military medicine. Professional development and training are foundations of Army National Guard dentistry. Army Guard dentists have the Army Dental Pictureopportunity to attend many specialized courses and seminars not always available to civilians. Military training courses are also available to prepare dentists for essential leadership and staff positions.

Dentists receive a direct commission as a Dental Corps officer. At a minimum Dental Corps Officers would be appointed as a Captain, possibly higher. As a qualified dentist having completed dental school, you may be eligible to receive:

1. A $30,000 accession (signing) bonus

2. A $50,000 in student loan repayment

In modern dentistry, sharpening your skills and keeping abreast of the latest techniques is imperative. That's why all Dental Corps Officers are encouraged to attend one Continuing Medical Education course each year, at the government's expense up to $2,500.

If you are enrolled in Dental school, you receive your appointment as a Second Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps. Upon completion of Dental school you will be appointed as a Dental Corps Officer, as a Captain. Tuition assistance is available to you as a Dental student. 1. Federal Tuition Assistance (up to $4,500 per year) 2. State Tuition Assistance (limits based upon available funding).

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Army Nurse CrestArmy Nurse Corps (Certified Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses)

The Colorado Army National Guard offers nurses the opportunity to expand their professional experiences. Nurses in the Colorado Army National Guard play a critical role in maintaining the medical readiness of National Guardsmen and Guardswomen. Members of the physical exam and medical review teams; Army Nurse PicturePlanners of medical training; Trainers of medical personnel and non-medical personnel; and Managers of staffs, sections, and medical units are a few of the roles nurses fulfill in the National Guard. Professional development and training are foundations of Army National Guard medicine. Army Guard nurses have the opportunity to attend many specialized courses and seminars not always available to civilians. Military training courses are also available to prepare nurses for essential leadership and staff positions.

Graduates of accredited registered nursing programs receiving a diploma, Associated Degree in Nursing (ADN), or Bachelors Degree in Nursing (BSN) are eligible to receive a direct commission as an Army Nurse Corps officer. At a minimum Army Nurse Corps Officers would be appointed as a Second Lieutenant, possibly higher. As an Army Nurse Corps officer you may be eligible to receive:

1. Federal Tuition Assistance (up to $4,500 per year)

2. State Tuition Assistance (limits based upon available funding)

In modern nursing, sharpening your skills and keeping abreast of the latest techniques is imperative. That's why all Army Nurse Corps Officers are encouraged to attend one Continuing Medical Education course each year, at the government's expense up to $2,500.

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Medical Service Corps CrestMedical Service Corps (HRO, Training, Logistics, Optometry, Medical & Dental Students)

 

The Medical Service Corps objective is to provide highly skilled and dedicated leaders as medical providers and those who perform the administrative, command, logistical, training, operations, and support services essential to efficiently and effectively manage a quality, world class health care system in support of the Army.

70B - Health Services Administration
This is the entry level Area of Concentration (skill set) for Medical Service Corps Officers. 70Bs serve as Platoon Leaders, leading their platoon by providing training, operational, administrative, and logistic support. Further responsibilities can include planning, coordinating, monitoring, evaluating, and advising unit commanders and staff in both medical and non-medical areas of patient evacuation and treatment, organizational administration, supply, training, operations, transportation, and maintenance.

70H - Health Services Plans, Operations, Intelligence, Security, and Training
Serves as the principal advisor to commanders, at all levels, in the areas of field medical operations and evacuation. Directs and coordinates staff functions pertaining to health services plans, operations, intelligence, security, and training.

70K - Health Services Materiel
Plans and directs activities of personnel and units responsible for the inventory management of all Class VIII (medical) supply. Directs and/or exercises staff supervision of units engaged in production, acquisition, receipt, storage, issue and distribution of medical equipment, repair parts, and supplies. Serves as the focal point for medical property management and accountability procedures.

67F - Optometry Optometry Picture
The Colorado Army National Guard offers optometrists opportunities to broaden their professional and personal experience. Optometrists can engage in a wide variety of activities not available to civilians. Our optometrists have provided medical support and care to individuals in Central American countries as annual training and participated in the world's only aerospace optometry course, TOPEYE that includes a ride in a F-15 Eagle fighter aircraft. General duties and responsibilities include ordering protective masks optical inserts for our soldiers, examining aviators to keep their flight glasses current. Optometrists also participate with the Medical Corps officers in performing physical exams on the soldiers.

Optometrists receive a direct commission in the Medical Service Corps as a Captain, possibly higher.

It is important for optometrists to maintain their skills as developments in the optometry field progress. That is why Colorado Army National Guard encourages all of our optometrists to attend one Continuing Medical Education course each year, at the government's expense up to $2,500.

Optometry students are eligible for tuition assistance.

1. Federal Tuition Assistance (up to $4,500 per year)

2. State Tuition Assistance (limits based upon available funding)

Medical Students

Medical students are initially appointed to the Medical Service Corps as Second Lieutenants, possibly higher. Upon completion of medical school these officers are appointed as Medical Corps Officers as Captains.

Dental Students
Dental students are initially appointed to the Medical Service Corps as Second Lieutenants, possibly higher. Upon completion of dental school these officers are appointed as Dental Corps Officers as Captains.

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The AMEDD Regiment can trace its roots to 1818, the year the crest was adopted. The exact date cannot be confirmed, but the 20 stars in the crest suggest that it was in 1818, as there were 20 states in the Union in 1818. An additional fact supports the 1818 date - Congress passed an Act, in April of 1818, which reorganized the staff departments of the Army.

The purpose of the Army Regimental System is to foster unity. The bonding agent of unity is cohesiveness. Soldiers with close ties, with strong feelings of esprit de corps, characterize a cohesive unit - one that gets the job done. Medical soldiers will identify with their regiment. They will soon realize that the thread of the regiment will be woven throughout the fabric of their respective organizations - in operational matters, in training matters, and in personnel matters.

The Army Medical Department Regiment was activated on 28 July 1986, during a ceremonial review on MacArthur Field, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Lieutenant General Quinn H. Becker, The Surgeon General, U. S. Army, and AMEDD Regimental Commander, was the reviewing officer. Major General Julius J. Chosy, Deputy Surgeon General for Mobilization and National Guard Affairs, and Brigadier General Robert L. Wick, Jr., Deputy Surgeon General for Mobilization and Reserve Affairs, were members of the reviewing party. Their presence was significant in that members of the Reserve Components comprised 70 percent of the AMEDD force.

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