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Mental Health Nurse

Overview: Service members and their families face unique pressures related to military life in addition to the normal daily stresses. Mental Health Nurses work with individuals, families, groups and communities to assess and provide all types of mental health services, including treatment of substance abuse.

Position:  Officer


Specific Tasks:

  • Design and implement programs that foster mental health, assess dysfunction and assist individuals to improve their coping ability and prevent further disability 
  • Monitor patients undergoing detoxification from alcohol or drugs 
  • Identify community resources and guide individuals and families in their use 
  • Provide leadership and clinical assistance to other nursing personnel


  • Must be a graduate of an accredited baccalaureate degree in nursing or awarded a post-baccalaureate (masters or doctorate) degree in nursing.  The basic nursing program and graduate degree in nursing must be nationally accredited.
  • Completion of an AF/SG1N approved formal training program is required
  • For Qualified status, a minimum of 6 months in MH nursing including individual and group therapy
  • Unrestricted license to practice (excludes temporary restrictions) IAW AFI 44-119
  • Approval by the Chief Nurse


  • 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.