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Podiatrists work in hospitals and clinics on land and aboard ships.

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  • Average Military Salary



Podiatrists perform examinations to determine physiological and physical abnormalities of the foot, ankle, and surrounding structures. They order or perform tests, including x-rays, to determine cause of injury or disease. They provide surgical and non-surgical treatment for podiatric disorders. If the foot or ankle is fractured, the podiatrist will immobilize the area using braces, casts, or sprints. In the Military, these medical professionals may address injuries and diseases related to combat.

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Learn more about becoming officer, here.

Job training for podiatrists primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various training environments. Scholarships for advanced medical training are available in return for an obligated period of military service. Qualifying students benefit through unique training experiences and get to attend certain military short courses designed to develop tactical, technical and operational skills unique to the military environment. Like other officers working in healthcare, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, orientation to military structure, healthcare and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development.

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely
  • Desire to help others
  • Professionalism
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Curiosity
  • Decision-making and integration skills
  • Interest in work requiring accuracy and attention to detail

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