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Social Work in the U.S. Army
Social Work in the U.S. Army (Adobe PDF)
Military and civilian Social Workers (SWs) serve their country and the Army in multiple settings spanning the spectrum of clinical, administrative, and research SW skills. Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW/equivalent) serve as officers, both in the Active Component (AC) (i.e., full-time) and in the Reserve Components (i.e., part-time while holding other civilian employment). The Army’s civilian and contract LCSWs are valued members of our Behavioral Health (BH) team.
Select Clinical Practice Areas
SWs are involved in evolving training programs and instruction of Army staff in BH-related educational programs through the Army Medical Department Center and School (AMEDDC&S).
Select Administrative/Research/Command Practice Areas
SWs are establishing Army-wide BH policies and addressing the administration of BH practices at the U.S. Army Medical Command. SWs also establish policies and manage programs addressing Family and Soldier support needs at the Army’s Installation Management Command.
Research Opportunities exist at the U.S. Army Public Health Command, the Uniformed University of the Health Sciences and at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.
SWs are selected to command units ranging from detachment, company and battalion level MTOE assignments to health clinics.
Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program: the AMEDDC&S and Fayetteville State University established a partnership in 2008 to offer an accelerated Masters of SW degree. Army officers, enlisted Soldiers and Army civilians may apply for admission to this very competitive program; details are available at www.uncfsu.edu/sw/fortsam/fortsam.htm .
Skilled LCSW/independently licensed social work professionals are encouraged to explore employment opportunities. Limited opportunities for Licensed Master Social Workers may be available at select locations.