The standard route to becoming a military dietitian is through the U.S. Military-Baylor Graduate Program in Nutrition. Occasionally, individuals who are already registered dietitians can enter the military as a direct commission.
The Graduate Program of Nutrition is a two-phased, degree-producing program.
Phase 1, the didactic portion, is approximately 9 months of graduate level coursework and is completed at the Army Medical Department Center and School (AMEDDC&S), Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Phase 2, the internship and research portion, is approximately 12 months and is completed at one of three locations: Brooke Army Medical Center or BAMC (San Antonio, TX), Walter Reed National Military Medical Center or WRNMMC (Bethesda, MD), or Madigan Army Medical Center or MAMC (Tacoma, WA). Students who successfully complete the program will be awarded a Master of Science Degree in Nutrition from Baylor University and will be eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians.
If you are already a Registered Dietitian and wish to serve in the U.S. Army, contact an SP healthcare recruiter to learn more.