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Army Audiology

Discussion in 'Audiology [ Au.D ]' started by Armyhealth, Mar 8, 2018.

  1. Armyhealth

    Armyhealth Army Healthcare Recruiter
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    Looked like there have not been any info posted in SDN in a long time about becoming a military audiologist. Figured I would make a thread for those interested and help answer some questions.

    There are three ways to come in as an audiologist in the army. Feel free to send me questions, I only represent the army so please no questions about other branches.

    #1 right out of school-Audiology Externship Program (AEP) AEP provides a 1-year clinical audiology externship to students who have completed all academic coursework for their clinical doctorate in audiology and are eligible for the 1-year program. Training is conducted at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland. Applicants incur a 36-month ADO following completion of the externship. This is a one-time-a-year board meeting in October of each year. Also will receive 120K in student loan repayment. Will make full salary of around 80K while in externship.

    #2- Already have experience and want to join full time- 3 year contract to join as a captain. 120K in student loan repayment. Will be making around 80K a year starting.

    #3- Already have experience and want to join army reserves- drill one weekend a month and two weeks a year in your local unit. Up to 50K in student loan repayment, up to 80K in bonuses (20K per year). Still come in as captain.
     
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  3. TheEarDoc

    TheEarDoc Audiologist
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    For option 3:

    Boarded recently. Placed on OML. Awaiting to find out from HRCOM and USAREC whether they are going to allow any more 72C's to join the reserves. So on a holding pattern indefinitely. No one can tell me if they are going to start slotting more audiologists for the reserves this year or wait until next October when the new fiscal year begins. No one can say what the incentives will be after Oct. 1st either. Signed for 50k in loan repayment and 50k in bonuses. Still awaiting to find out if I will get what I signed for if/when I ever get removed from the OML and approved for commission. If you have any insight anyone else I have talked to has not been able to provide I would love to hear from you!
     
  4. Armyhealth

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    I sent you a PM, hopefully that helps!
     
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    Hi. I applied with an Army recruiter but unable to get an age waiver.
     
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    I am starting to look at externships and the army audiologist externship is very intriguing. I appreciate the well rounded education and opportunities, and it is the only posting I’ve seen that offers hearing conservation. My only concern is any physical requirements. What are the physical requirements for the externship and the following 3 year commitment? The last two years of grad
    School have been particularly unhealthy for me and I’ve fallen off the workout routine wagon.
    Any info would be very much appreciated!
     
  7. Armyhealth

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    The physical requirements to initially come in the army is just like a sports physical. They just make sure you have no pre existing serious medical conditions that would prevent you from serving. After joining it is the PT test usually every six months. 2 mile run, 2 minutes of pushups, 2 minutes of situps. You can see what scores you need based on your age and gender. Just google army PT score chart.
     
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    Thanks for the reply. I have another question about salary after graduation. I’ve seen after I get my AuD I would come in at an O-3 level paygrade. When I googled that is came up with about $4100 a month with less than 3 years service. When I multiply that to get an annual salary I get just shy of $50k. I often see people throwing out military audiologist salaries of about 75-80k. What am I missing? Are benefits like housing allowance and PTO included in this calculation?
     
  9. TheEarDoc

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    You would get tons of other incentives besides base pay such as basic allowance for housing. These add up quickly and people don’t think about them when looking at military salaries.
     
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    I am interested in the army’s audiologist opportunities but fear these opportunities are limited and/or phasing out. Am I wrong in believing so?
     
  11. tamkim91

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    Me too
     
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  12. TheEarDoc

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    Well I can't speak for the full time active duty side, but I know right now reserves is not taking any further audiologists for this year and I know a couple of people are on the order of merit list waiting for a slot, but it seems like it will be this next fiscal year (October 1st or later) before they fill anymore slots for reserves. Maybe one of the medical service corps recruiters can chime in with some insight.
     
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    Hello Armyhealth!

    I am a third year audiology student, preparing for an externship next year! I am interested in receiving more information regarding an externship opportunity with the Army... I have been unable to request recruiting information via the internet and was hoping you could provide me with contact information or more insight?

    Thanks for your help!
     
  14. TheEarDoc

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    Hit up the Army medical recruiter in your area and stop in for a chat.
     

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