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Emergency Medical Technicians

Health Science

Service Branches

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Work Environment

Emergency medical technicians usually work in hospitals and clinics on land or aboard ships.

  • Military Status


  • Median Military Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


    Military Salary Range Salary varies based on years of service, degree level, special pays, family status and location.

    $25,840 - $362,582


EMTs are health professionals trained to respond quickly to emergency situations. Military EMTs provide emergency medical treatment, limited primary care, force health protection, and evacuation in a variety of operational and clinical settings from point of injury or illness through the continuum of military healthcare. They may work in military health facilities or in the field.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field and covers tactical and survival skills physical training military life and customs and weapons training. Job training for emergency medical technicians consists of classroom and on-the job instruction including practice in providing patient care. Training content varies depending on specialty and may include:

  • Emergency medical treatment
  • Basic patient care
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Minor surgical procedures
  • Clinical laboratory procedures
  • Methods for diagnosing diseases
  • Plaster-casting techniques

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions
  • Interest in helping others

Related Civilian Careers

  • Medical Assistants
  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
  • Critical Care Nurses
  • Registered Nurses

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