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Overview: Modern medications can work miracles but they can also create serious problems if improperly prepared or used.  Pharmacy specialists play an essential role in the formulation, dispensing and control of prescription medications. In this role, they also communicate directly with patients and providers to ensure that directions are fully understood and all questions are answered. 

Position: Enlisted


Specific Tasks:

  • Compound, develop formulations and dispense pharmaceuticals
  • Confer with prescribers and patients on questions to assure desired therapeutic outcomes
  • Establish requirements, requisition and store drugs and equipment
  • Prepare orders needed for emergency, controlled drug and other special items
  • Process adverse drug reaction complaints


  • Normal color vision
  • Ability to keystroke at rate of 25 words per minute
  • Ability to speak distinctly without speech impediment
  • Ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing
  • ASVAB score of 44 on General
  • Demonstrated weight lift of 50 pounds


  • Candidates without prior military experience are required to attend 8 ½ weeks of Basic Military Training (BMT) at JB San Antonio-Lackland, TX followed by Technical Training
  • Technical Training - 62 days at JB San Antonio-Ft Sam Houston, TX
  • College credit earned:  Pharmacy Technology – 30 credits

Related Civilian Careers: 

  • Pharmacy Technicians