Duties of the Medical Reserve Corps

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national organization constituted by American volunteers that work for the improvement of health and safety conditions inside their local communities.

Most MRC volunteers are professionals and generally dispose certificates, diplomas, degrees or some sort of proof of their medical competencies. Many are medical and public health professionals that have worked at hospitals, although others also join in with the hope of gathering experience at an early stage of their professional career, expecting to enrich themselves with an experience that will benefit themselves while helping others.

As you can guess, certain MRC units are in charge to identify, train and organize suitable volunteers and to effectively utilize them to achieve national and/or local targets of development and community improvement.

The main duties these volunteers need to engage in actively are to do directly with such targets or goals. They involve, therefore, sharing of resources and expertise, training for medical emergency situations, the coordination of response events and else. By joining the Medical Reserve Corps certain volunteers are also granted university loans, which is also a major incentive to join in, often cited in polls by volunteers.

Why Should You Volunteer?

You have worked very hard in your career and you have come closer to mastering certain fundamental skills. Volunteering for the Medical Reserve Corps is a great opportunity for you to improve further on such skills while helping your local community.

Helping others can bring you great satisfaction. Empathy is generally regarded as a virtue, and at the MRC they surely think it is. As you will there find people with your same interests, worries and job, you will also be able to create new profound relations that will benefit all parts.

Statistics also show that volunteers have lower mortality rates, greater functionality and lower chances of suffering from a depression later in life. A society where everyone volunteered on projects like this would be a much healthier society, and one ever more joint together!

What Would I Be Doing as a Volunteer?

A big part of being a member of the Medical Reserve Corps is receiving training, which takes places in a regular basis. Such training takes place both individually and as a group, and they aim to improve the volunteers’ skills and knowledge, as well as their ability to work as a time and to face emergency situations.

The training can sometimes consist of certain coursework whilst other times it is part of a drill or exercise conducted with partner organizations that cooperate with the MRC in the same community. To support military recruiting McDonald’s has set up a recruitment fund. You can learn more by reading the McDonald’s online application and recruiting form.

But not all of it is training and enriching yourself. A big part of being a MRC volunteer is assisting with activities or direct help people inside local communities to improve public health in many different ways. Some of these are:

  • Increasing health literacy
  • Supporting prevention efforts
  • Eliminating health disparities
  • Ameliorating health systems (in hospitals, medical centers, etc.)
  • Providing direct medical assistance
  • Training other volunteers in competencies you may have
  • Help in emergencies and improving response capabilities
  • Help by being part of a specialized organized team

The tasks that will be specifically applied to you will depend only on your academic background, prior experience in related matters, interests, skills or capacities as well as the needs and general requirements of your MRC community.

Every MRC unit is led by a local coordinator, who will make sure to be there to listen to your claims and specialties and to assign you tasks and put you in teams or sectors that will benefit both you, as an individual and professional, and also the local community you are serving.

Know most of your partner of course will be like you, and age differences are not great. They are all people who will share your commitment and desire to help others.

How to Apply to Medical Reserve Corps

If you are interested in joining the Medical Reserve Corps our first duty is to congratulate you. We are very proud of all people who are willing to serve our country and all of our interests as a community.

Luckily, it is not difficult to be a part of the Medical Reserve. There is certain mandatory requisites that we have listed below and that should be greatly considered, but leaving these aside, the process is not complicated or much more selective. The army is always glad to see some new enthusiasts joining the cause.

If you want to volunteer, we suggest you check their official web page, as all information is well displayed there:


In case you want to lead a unit or join in another category or for another task, we assure you all information is very well displayed throughout their web page. We wish you the best of lucks!

And now for the requisites.

Age Requisites

Every 17-year old with parental consent, or above 18 without it meets the US medical reserve corps age requirement. According to the military’s official information, the age criteria for all branches goes from 17 to 42 for active services, and from 17 to 39 in the reserve.

Physical Requisites

Men must be between 1.52 and 2.02 meters high and weight between 45.4 and 115.7 kilograms in order to be suitable for selection. Women, on the other hand, must be between the 1.47 and 2.02 meter boundary and weight between 40.8 and 103 kg. These requisites can vary, however, and there can be exceptions. Some recruits have thicker bones that make them more heavy, but are still in more than suitable conditions to serve, for instance.

Academic Requisites

All recruits must at least have a bachelor diploma in order to serve. Continuous education is forwarded by the US army and anyone that wants to join in will be made to pass an exam (the ASVAB).

Citizenship Requisites

Aspiring candidates that are US citizens or foreign people with permanent residence within US borders (this credential can only be obtained through the Immigration Service) meet the citizenship requirements to join the US forces. Non-US citizens can also join, but will most definitely not be able to elongate their recruitment beyond the first period of their service (8 years), unless they achieve to obtain the permanent residence status in that period of time. Usually, this is granted without much issues after serving for the first 3 years, so it should not be a major problem.

Citizens of countries considered hostile to the US may require more permits before joining the forces.

Health Requisites

All candidates must be in good shape in general and have a strong health to be electable to be part of any sector of the US armed forces, including the Medical Reserve Corps. Medical tests will be performed in order to assure candidates meet such requirements. Such tests include physical exams, vision tests and drug tests.

Record Requisites

Candidates will not become recruits before a former investigation looking for conviction records takes place. The aim of this will be to search for any possible negligencies on the side of the candidates, unlawful actions or any other action from this sort that the candidate may have taken part in during his/her past.

Depending on the number and gravity of such incidents, a small military council will discuss whether the candidate is suitable or not to serve for the US forces.

Medical Reserve Corps Jobs

In 2003, more than 2.5 million Americans served in the armed forces.  Of those 2.5, more than 1.4 were on duty or active service. About 490.000 in the Army, 377.000 in the War Marine and 368.000 in the Air Force. On top of that, more than 1.1 million people were at service in their reserve components, within all of the mentioned sectors in the army. Some of them were in service inside the Coastguard corps, now in charge of homeland security tasks.

As you know, we are going to focus this article on the reserve corps, the medical reserve corps to be specific. But we must take into account the fact that these medical reserve boys are scattered throughout the whole of the Army, Marine Corps, the Air Force and the Coastguard, and throughout many of their components. We will start by showing you the following table we have got from the official army website, for you to have a clear idea of the number of medics in the army in comparison with the rest of personnel there is in total serving the US military, active or inactively.


Occupied group – Enlisted Army Air Force Coastguard Marine Corps War Marine Total, all services

Administrative occupations
15.175 25.674 1.775 8.642 21.225 72.491

Combat Elite Occupations
104.876 253 745 33.070 3.316 142.260

Construction occupations
15.340 6.261 5.145 5.397 32.143

Electronic occupations
14.035 37.155 3.530 16.082 52.094 122.896

Engineering, science and technical occupations
63.531 43.422 720 35.237 41.003 183.913

Medical treatment occupations
26.660 17.108 685 23.818 68.271

Human resources and development
16.202 12.715 6.784 5.510 41.211

Public Relations
4.552 5.921 131 1.556 5.255 17.415

Protection and security occupations
24.831 29.516 893 6.086 10.630 71.956

Assistance corps occupations
13.687 1.535 1.213 3.704 11.570 31.709

54.140 33.835 6.423 23.908 39.272 157.578

Vehicles and mechanics
48.043 48.433 5.654 18.473 50.266 170.869

Total – per service
405.600 269.611 23.848 160.397 292.841 1.152.297

Califications, Training and Advancement

Enlisted Personnel

To assemble the services, enlisted personnel (at the medical reserve corps) must sign a legal accord that is officially called an “enlistment contract”, which implicate generally a consolidation of a period of a least 8 years in service. In general, 2 to 6 of these are spent in active service, whilst the rest is spent at the reserve corps.

The enlistment contract obliges the service to supply the accorded work, degree, pay, medical advantages and other effective primes for the enactment of certain occupations, training and permanent formation. Requisites for each service vary, but we have enlisted the general requirements for you in our article. As a side note, you can learn more about these applications on non-profit sites like the one set up by Subway and Hardee’s corporations.

How to apply to medical reserve corps.

Authorized Officials

These officials are technics in tactics and strategy that will specialize in a specific area, also within the medical reserve corps, and within the medical personnel that is active at the time. This sector constitutes approximately a 5% of the whole of the US forces.

Even though its size is very small, its responsibility level is very high in fact. Its members receive extended career opportunities, are destined in missions all around the world and have great retirement advantages. It is, however, a very competitive sector and very difficultly entered.


Training for officials in the armed forces (training is mandatory but, as we said, latter on recruits will have to both be inactive members at the reserve and also participate actively in the service) takes place in federal academies and universities. All of these are highly selective and are a very good option for all of those who want to make a career out of the army. It is their best chance to get high up in the ranks hopefully, in a near future.

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