The Medical Career Field encompasses functions involved in operating both fixed and tactical medical facilities and sub-professionally caring for and treating authorized personnel. This career field includes aeromedical activities, aerospace physiology, specialized medical services including ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology, orthopedics, urology, allergy and immunology, optometry, nuclear medicine and cardiopulmonary techniques, electroencephalographic studies, physical therapy, occupational therapy, orthotics, operating room, mental health services, radiology, medical laboratory, histopathology, cytotechnology, pharmacy, diet therapy, medical administration, medical materiel, bioenvironmental engineering, and environmental medicine, including laboratory animal techniques and medical equipment.
Excluded from this career field are dental and rescue and survival functions. These functions are included in the Dental Career Field and Protection Career Field.
All personnel of the USAF Medical Service must have knowledge of and be proficient in military sanitation and first aid procedures, to include shock management; effective respiration maintenance (mouth-to-mouth resuscitation with or without adjunct); hemorrhage control; emergency wound treatment; management of fractures, burns, and injuries from chemical agents; hand and litter carrier methods; and loading and unloading vehicles used for patient transportation.
All personnel of the USAF Medical Service must have knowledge of and be proficient in the operation and first echelon maintenance of all equipment used by the respective Air Force specialty, and must be familiar with improvisation and conversion methods of fixed types of medical equipment for tactical use. The following is a complete listing of AFSCs for the Medical Career Field.
Health Services Management
Mental Health Service
Aerospace Medical Service