FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- The Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G1 approved Feb. 26, the Army Medical Command's request to allow all active duty enlisted Soldiers to apply for the U.S. Army Master of Social Work program hosted by the Army Medical Department Center & School and affiliated with Fayetteville State University.

Soldiers accepted into the program earn an MSW degree in 14 months or less.

Enlisted Soldiers receive a direct commission in the Medical Service Corps and on graduation, serve on active duty as social work officers serving in a variety of clinical and operational settings that include medical treatment facilities, brigade combat teams, combat and operational stress control units and confinement facilities.

Enlisted Soldiers with a social science bachelor's degree in the fields of social work, psychology, sociology, communications, criminal justice, human resources, and others who desire to become a commissioned social work officer must first contact their local AMEDD recruiter to begin the accession process.

Applicants must also submit a graduate school application packet to the Army-Fayetteville State University MSW Program so that the AMEDDC&S and the university can determine an applicant's academic eligibility.

Applications are now being accepted for the FY 2011 cohort that begins in September 2010.

Deadline for application submission to a local recruiter is April 30.

In addition to a bachelor's degree, all applicants must also submit a current Graduate Record Examination with a minimum score of 850.

Contact a local AMEDD recruiter now or call 1-800-USA-ARMY or go to

For additional information, contact the education technician or MSW Program Director at 221-6887 or visit the Army-Fayetteville State University MSW Web site

(Source: U.S. Army Medical Department Center & School)