Military Career

General Information


Physicians and surgeons who specialize in otolaryngology treat conditions of the ear, nose, and throat (ENT) and related structures of the head and neck. They examine patients, diagnose, and treat conditions of the nasal cavity and sinuses, such as deviated septum. They administer treatments such as therapy, medication, and surgery to correct these conditions. In some military installations, these physicians are part of the cleft-palate or craniofacial disorder team.  They treat all ages of service members and their families.

Work Environment

Otolaryngologists work in hospitals and clinics on land and aboard ships.

Comparable Industries

  • Offices of Physicians
  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
  • Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Otolaryngologists in the Military


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Average Salary


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Military training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Job training for otolaryngologists primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various training environments. Scholarships for advanced medical training are available in return for an obligated period of military service. Qualifying students benefit through unique training experiences and get to attend certain military short courses designed to develop tactical, technical and operational skills unique to the military environment. Like other officers working in healthcare, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, orientation to military structure, healthcare and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development.

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