Armed Forces

Athletic trainers for the armed forces: A growing employment opportunity

Over the course of the last several years, certified athletic trainers have been increasingly employed by the various Armed Forces to assist in the health and welfare of both active duty soldiers and their dependents.  Although each particular branch has its own specific employment policies, most ATs being hired today are either independent contractors or part of the Government Civil Service system.



  • Connect with other athletic trainers in emerging settings, including fellow military ATs.
  • For more information on the armed forces setting, contact the Armed Forces Chair on the Council on Practice Advancement.
  • Related Link: The Armed Forces Athletic Trainers’ Society works to promote the athletic training profession in support of the U.S. Armed Forces by educating military leaders and working in a coordinated effort to promote the benefits of athletic training services to service members.


Military AT Job Grant Program

NATA has created a grant process for government contractors who are looking to employ athletic trainers in the military setting.  

ATs working within the military are not new, but recent expansions have increased visibility and demand for qualified health care professionals to work for the U.S. Armed Forces.

To participate, government contractors need to fill out this form.

ATs who are interested in learning about government contract positions can read more and search for posted positions on NATA's Career Center.









Military Job Codes

0018 Safety and Occupational Health
0030 Sports Specialist
0188 Recreational Specialist
0404 Biological Science Technician
0413 Physiology
0601 Allied Health Positions--New and Emerging
0603 Physicians Assistant
0607 General Health Science
0610 Nurse
0621 Nursing Assistant
0630 Dietitian & Nutritionist
0631 Occupational Therapist
0633 Physical Therapy
0635 Corrective Therapist
0636 Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant
0640 Health Aide and Technician
0645 Medical Technician
0668 Podiatrist
0671 Health System Specialist
0685 Public Health Program Specialist
1701 General Education and Training (This is our current Series of the FLETC A.T.,C.'s)
1702 Education and Training Technician
1712 Training Specialist
1720 Education Program
1725 Public Health Educator
1740 Education Services



COPA Armed Forces Committee Chair

Andrea Matthes Berg, DHSc, LAT, ATC