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Medical Entomologist

Overview: Entomology is the study of insects. Medical Entomologists develop and administer medical pest control programs that are structured to control insects and other pests while creating minimal environmental impact or health problems. While pest control may seem routine on military bases, it takes on a different priority during disaster relief and combat situations.

Position:  Officer


Specific Tasks:

  • Conduct surveys and recommend control measures for insects, rodents, birds, weeds, nematodes and other pests 
  • Implement procedures to ensure minimal environmental impact from pest control operations 
  • Perform research in medical biology and prepare comprehensive reports 
  • Coordinate with military and civilian agencies/authorities


  • Possess a Master’s Degree or Doctorate in Entomology with a Bachelor’s degree in biology, entomology, microbiology, or zoology. Bachelor degrees in other biological sciences, and Master’s degrees or Doctorates in disciplines related to, or with emphasis in Entomology will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Associate Corps Chief. All degrees must emanate from accredited academic institutions/programs in accordance with AFI 36-2005, Appointment in Commissioned Grades and Designation and Assignment in Professional Categories, and applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale. 
  • For Air Force Reserve (AFR) affiliation: must be fully qualified (awarded AFSC 43H3) Public Health Officers to fill 43H1 positions.


  • For those without a prior military service commission, the first step is completion of Commissioned Officer Training (COT). This 5 week course at Maxwell AFB, AL will familiarize you with military life, your role as an officer and military healthcare.