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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


  • Completion of high school is required with courses in general science, biology, chemistry, hygiene and psychology desirable
  • ASVAB score of 50 on Administrative
  • No record of emotional instability 
  • No limitations for continuous standing 


  • 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:

  • Surgical Technologists