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Mental Health Service

Overview: Unlike a broken arm, mental health issues are not easily diagnosed by x-ray nor do they heal in a few weeks. Precise diagnoses can be difficult, patient compliance requires life style changes and treatment programs may be long term. Mental Health Service personnel play key roles in assisting Airmen and family members resolve underlying issues, including substance abuse, so they can achieve productive and enjoyable professional and personal lives.

Position: Enlisted


Specific Tasks:

  • Support mental health services in psychiatry, psychology, social work, family advocacy, substance abuse and mental health programs
  • Perform initial basic assessment including psychological testing, clinical interview, substance abuse and other evaluations 
  • Initiate precautionary measures to prevent injury and suicide
  • Supervise and assist with care of patients with acute or post-traumatic stress reactions
  • Coordinate with other agencies regarding care, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation


  • Completion of high school is mandatory. Completion of college courses in psychology, social or behavioral sciences such as psychology, counseling, substance abuse treatment, sociology and marriage and family is desireable.
  • Must complete the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) assessment
  • Must undergo a standardized entry interview with Senior 4C0X1 at respective installation (preferred) or any credentialed/privileged Mental health provider
  • No history of psychiatric hospitalization
  • No evidence of emotional instability, impulsive behaviors or misconduct that is contrary to the standards of the mental health and substance abuse counseling profession (e.g., alcohol/drug misuse, binge eating, intentional self-injury, antagonism, apathy, difficulty controlling/intense anger or sadness, etc.) 
  • No history or evidence of personality disorder, substance use disorder or other significant disorders incompatible with the mental health or substance abuse profession
  • No evidence or history of civilian conviction, Letter of Reprimand, Article 15, or courts martial conviction as a result of illicit drug or alcohol use, driving under the influence/impaired, financial irresponsibility, promiscuity, physical or sexual assault or misconduct, or domestic violence 
  • No evidence or history of disruptive conduct, behavior, attitude or communication resulting in civilian conviction, Letter of Reprimand, Article 15 or courts martial conviction as a result of prejudice, discrimination, harassment, threats or reprisal 
  • No presence of any speech impediment - must possess ability to read aloud and speak distinctly
  • No unresolved mental health problems (e.g., failure to engage in help-seeking behaviors, chronic mental health disorders, a pattern of relapse in symptoms/illness, unwillingness or inability to overcome mental health disorder) 
  • ASVAB score of 57 on General


  • Candidates without prior military experience are required to attend 8.5 weeks of Basic Military Training (BMT) at JB San Antonio-Lackland, TX; followed by Technical Training

Related Civilian Careers:

  • Psychiatric Technicians