Become a social worker in the army! We have two options.
1.- The Army Master of Social Work (MSW) Program is a 14-month course through the University of Kentucky consisting of 60 semester hours, followed by a 26-month Social Work Internship Program. This program is open to civilians, officers and enlisted personnel requesting to become active duty Medical Service Corps Army officers so that they may pursue the MSW via the Army MSW Program. Applicants must have a liberal arts undergraduate degree from an accredited university, preferably in the social sciences (sociology, psychology, social work, political science, criminal justice or similar areas of focus). To enter into the MSW program students must have completed undergraduate coursework that includes 18 semester hours of social and/or behavioral sciences.
2- The Army Social Work Internship Program (SWIP) This program is open to civilians, officers, and enlisted personnel requesting to become active duty Medical Service Corps Army officers. The SWIP is conducted at multiple Army Medical Treatment Facilities for a 26-month period. The SWIP is an educational bridge between the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at the AMEDD Center and School and independent social work practice. It is a formal training program designed to give social work interns structured supervision as they transition from their role as social work students to independent providers. The SWIP exposes unlicensed active duty social workers to key areas of practice within the social work career field, and allows for the advanced application of theory to practice in a supervised setting. Applicants incur a 30-month ADO upon completion of the program and licensure. This is a one-time-a-year board meeting in June of each year.
For the vast majority of social workers, their career choice is based on one simple ideal: a deep desire to help others help themselves. Serving as a social worker with the U.S. Army provides an environment where you can concentrate on patient care without the bureaucracy found in the private sector. In addition to providing direct services, your responsibilities could include teaching, training, supervision, research administration and policy development.
- Provide clinical counseling, crisis intervention, disaster relief, critical event debriefing, teaching and training, supervision, research, administration, consultation and policy development in various military settings
- Enhance unit readiness and the emotional well-being of military members, their family members and other eligible beneficiaries
- Conduct and supervise direct patient care, and plan and execute disease prevention and health promotion programs
- Perform special staff functions in health support for commanders at all levels
- Conduct research on conditions of military importance, and supervise and participate in graduate medical education and training of other medical personnel needed to sustain a robust and readily available medical system