To qualify for the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, the following requirements must be met:
- United States Citizenship
- Graduation from, or current enrollment in, an accredited U.S. engineering school
- Less than 44 years of age, unless the age limit is offset by prior active duty military service (e.g., 3 years of active duty service in the U.S. Navy extend the age limit to 47 years)
- No more than 8 years of prior active duty military service
- Fitness for duty, as determined by a USPHS physical examination
- Professional ability, as determined by college transcripts and references
Other qualifications will be determined through a security clearance, questionnaire
for non-sensitive duty positions, etc.
The qualifying process may take 2-3 months; however, you're invited to discuss possible assignments with the IHS Engineering Recruiter while your paperwork is being reviewed. Because there is no obligation to accept an assignment, you're encouraged to complete an application and qualify for the Commissioned Corps. This will allow you to be considered for any opportunities that may appeal to you. Should such an assignment be offered, you will then be able to accept the position as a Commissioned Officer. On the other hand, you may withdraw your application at any time, should you choose a different career path. Qualifying for the Commissioned Corps simply broadens your employment options.
The age limit for entry into the PHS is < 44 years. That is, an individual must be called to duty prior to his or her forty-fourth birthday. Active-duty time in any uniformed service extends that age limit by the amount of active-duty time served. For example, an individual with 3 years of active-duty service in the Armed Forces may enter the PHS prior to his or her 47th birthday. Waivers may be available, if the individual is only slightly beyond the age limit.