Applying to the Commissioned Corps

Attention potential Commissioned Corps applicants!

The Corps opens general duty application opportunities based on the needs of the Service and the needs of the Federal Agencies. Throughout the year the Corps will update upcoming opportunities. Please note all applicants must have the following items on or before the open enrollment date:

  • Qualifying degree conferred.
  • Current, unrestricted, valid licensure, registration or certification as applicable based on discipline.
  • U.S. native or naturalized citizen
  • Less than 44 years of age (this may be adjusted based on eligible federal PHS civil service and uniform service active duty time)*
  • Less than 8 years of prior active duty service in any uniformed service other than the Commissioned Corps*
  • Less than 5 years of federal Public Health Service civil service time since obtaining your qualifying degree (federal civil service experience is not required to apply)*
  • Meet suitability, professional, medical and security requirements

* The process to become a commissioned Corps officer may take up to a year. Candidates who exceed the age, prior service or civil service maximums during the application process should be aware that waivers are not generally approved.

In addition, applicants must agree to apply and accept positions with the specific agencies discussed during the preliminary screening process. Please contact the Call Center at 1-800-279-1605 or direct any question to

7 Steps to Become a Commissioned Corps Officer

Page Last Modified on 10/7/2015