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Mental Health Service Specialist


Minimum Education Requirement:
high school diploma or GED with 15 college credits


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Mental Health Service Specialist

Career Description

The challenges of working in the Air Force can be both physically and mentally taxing. As a Mental Health Service Specialist, it'll be up to you to make sure that every Airman is mentally fit. You'll work with teams of psychiatrists and psychologists to evaluate and provide mental healthcare to patients around the world. Through your work, you'll help people overcome mental obstacles and issues so they can get back to being the Airmen they trained so hard to be.

Career Tasks

  • Interview patients to obtain clinical information that may assist in determining the patient's psychological and psychosocial status
  • Provide guidance and counseling to assist patients in achieving a more satisfying personal, family, social and occupational adjustment
  • Administer and score psychological tests
  • Provide supportive nursing care for physically ill patients
  • Take charge of administrative duties of the mental health clinic

Relevant Interests & Skills

  • Health and Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Psychology


After eight and a half weeks of Basic Military Training, every Airman goes to technical training to learn their career. Here's the basic information about Mental Health Service Specialist technical training:

School location: Fort Sam Houston [TX]

Length of course: 67 days

College degree earned: Mental Health Services

College credits earned: 26