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Surgical Service

Overview: Surgical operating rooms must provide instant availability to all required resources and maintain as sterile an environment as possible. Surgical Service specialists assist physicians in caring for patients before, during and after surgery, and are also responsible for organizing the operating room and surgical support activities. It’s a challenging job as surgeries may take place in disaster relief locations as well as in modern hospitals.

Position:  Enlisted

AFSC: 4N1X1 

  • Assist professional staff in providing patient care before, during and after surgery
  • Perform scrub and circulating duties in the operating room
  • Assist with post-anesthesia recovery of patients
  • Process, store and distribute sterile supplies
  • Organize the medical environment and patient care support activities
  • Perform specific urology, orthopedic and ENT (ear, nose and throat) procedures


  • ASVAB score of 44 on General
  • Demonstrated weight lift of 40 pounds
  • No record of emotional instability according to the provisions of AFI 48-123
  • No limitations for continuous standing according to the provisions of AFI 48-123.


  • 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 -JB San Antonio-Ft Sam Houston, TX; length of course varies
  • College credit earned:  Pharmacy Technology – credits vary

Related Civilian Careers:

  • Surgical Technologists