Today, we are going to examine an Army military occupational specialty (MOS) that is an excellent opportunity for a career after Army service is complete.
I am talking about the Army 68P Radiology Specialist.
I am going to explain as much as possible about this MOS. You will get a basic job description. I will tell you the responsibilities and duties of the 68P. You will know what is required to become an Army Radiology Specialist and what training is needed.
Hopefully, this can help you understand if this is an Army job you are considering.
Army 68P Basic Job Description
The Radiology Specialist operates x-ray radiology equipment, both fixed and portable, to examine the human body for various medical issues.
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Army 68P Responsibilities And Duties
While the 68P can have many other duties and responsibilities, these are the primary ones:
- Operate fixed and portable radiology equipment.
- Perform body section radiography, foreign body localization, prenatal, pediatric, urogenital and radiographic examinations of the digestive, respiratory, vascular and nervous systems.
- Read and interpret radiographic requests and physicians’ orders.
- Apply radiation, electrical and mechanical protective measures.
- Prepare, assemble and adjust instruments, materials and equipment.
- Inspect and perform operator maintenance on radiology equipment.
It is essentially the same job a civilian x-ray technician would do.
Requirements To Become an Army 68P
There is a huge call for 68P’s in the Army. The primary requirements to get this MOS are:
- PULHES of 222221
- Moderately heavy physical demands
- ASVAB score of 106 on Skilled Technical
- Does not need to be a U.S. ciitizen
- Must have 1 year of High School algebra with at least a grade of C
- Normal vision with or without corrective lenses
- Normal color vision
- No felony convictions
- Have successfully completed a Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) accredited radiography program or documented equivalent and be certified/registered in medical radiography (radiologic technology) by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) or an unrestricted state license to operate radiation producing equipment.
The last requirement can be met by following all training procedures.
Training For The Army 68P
As with all MOS’s, you will have to complete Basic Combat Training. One completed, you will start Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas for 24 weeks. Once completed, you will go to a hands-on training site which could be any number of military medical facilities. You will spend 22 weeks in clinical rotations where you will learn first hand your job.
After that is completed, you will be assigned to a combat support hospital or medical treatment facility.
The prospects of having a career after Army service is great for Radiology Specialists. And there are various Additional Skills you can train for to add to your expertise.
This is a great choice for any person considering joining the Army.
We would love to hear from any current or former Army 68P’s. Please tell us more.
If you have any questions or comments, just post them below. Thank you.
About The Author
Greg Boudonck is a full time freelance writer and the author of over 50 books. He served in the United States Army in the early 1980’s and enjoys writing about military subjects. You can see Greg’s books on Amazon by searching his name and you can also visit his website at Lancerlife.com.