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About the US Army Medical Department Center and School (AMEDDC&S)
The AMEDDC&S is located at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The Center is where the Army Medical Department formulates its medical organization, tactics, doctrine, and equipment. The School is where the Army educates and trains all of its medical personnel.   Together, the Center and School fulfills it`s mission and vision.

Mission  We envision, design, train, educate and inspire a premier military medical force for decisive action in support of our Nation.

Envision means looking at what the Army`s medical force should look like and what it should be able to accomplish given the missions it can be expected to receive.

Design means building the tactical medical units, approving their equipment sets and developing the medical doctrine needed to provide quality healthcare in the field: whether the battlefield or the humanitarian assistance field.

Train means providing the education and training to develop military and civilian students into proficient and ready members of the military healthcare team.

Educate means through state-of-the-art, hands-on, scenario driven training based on lessons learned from today`s battlefields and clinical settings, we create an environment  in which students can develop the educational and training capabilities they will need in order to provide the best casualty and patient care possible.  

Inspire means the AMEDDC&S HRCoE professional staff development and career life-cycle management assures us that students will continue to receive the benefits of the best education and training opportunities available from some of the world`s most capable and innovative instructors, training developers and professional staff members.    

Vision  To be the foundation on which the AMEDD is built, sustained and transformed. 
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Army medical and non-medical personnel

Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard medical personnel

Military leaders, political representatives and other decision-makers

DOD Personnel (military and civilian)

General public

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There are seven major organizations that comprise the AMEDDC&S HRCoE:

The Directorate of Training and Academic Affairs (DoTAA). The AMEDDC&S HRCoE is accredited by the Council of Occupational Education, and all programs of instruction are reviewed by the American Council on Education. Students attending courses at the AMEDDC&S HRCoE can get undergraduate and graduate college credits. The Graduate School also conducts seven doctoral and five masters degree programs.

The 32d Medical Brigade is comprised of the 232nd Medical Battalion and the 264th Medical Battalion.

The Academy Brigade (Provisional) is comprised of the Academy Battalion (Provisional) and the 187th Medical Battalion.  

The Capability Development and Integration Directorate (CDID) is the "center" of the AMEDDC&S HRCoE . The CDID envisions and designs the organizations, tactics, doctrine and equipment that will be found on the medical portion of the battlefield.

The Noncommissioned Officers Academy (NCOA) is our center for NCO professional military leadership education. The Academy teaches courses at both the entry and advanced levels.

The AMEDD Personnel Proponent Directorate (APPD) does the force modeling. The Army Medical Department has over 130,000 military and civilian members who work in 200 different officer, warrant officer, enlisted, and civilian specialties.  This directorate ensures that the Army`s medical force is properly structured to accomplish the AMEDD`s many missions.

The Army Medical Department Board provides independent operational test and evaluation of medical and medical related materiel and information technology products in support of the Army and Department of Defense acquisition process; provides assessments of emerging concepts, doctrine, and advanced technology applications applied to the delivery of healthcare, both on the battlefield and in fixed facilities.    

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The AMEDDC&S traces its lineage to the Medical Field Service School (MFSS) established in 1920 at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. The mission of the MFSS was to train doctors, dentists and nurses in their duties as Army officers.

In 1924, the MFSS conducted the first professional courses for noncommissioned officers and privates first class.

The MFSS moved to Fort Sam Houston in 1946 and was located in the 9th Infantry Regiment quadrangle.

In 1972 a reorganization of the MFSS resulted in the re-designation of the MFSS as the Academy of Health Sciences, and consolidated the Army`s medical training, making it one of the largest medical training institutions in the world. 

In 1991, it was re-designated as the Army Medical Department Center and School, with the Academy of Health Sciences becoming the school arm of the AMEDDC&S.

On 19 February 2015, Headquarters, Department of the Army, designated the AMEDD Center and School as the Army`s Health Readiness Center of Excellence.

As an Army Health Readiness CoE, the AMEDD Center and School will play an expanded role supporting the Army to lead the design, integration, education, and training of new and innovative approaches to health and the Army Health System.

The designation enables the command to focus on medical capability development and integration functions and serve the Army as a single agency with which to coordinate the medical and health needs of Soldiers and their Families. The Health Readiness Center of Excellence also establishes operational conditions for the command to establish a university model and degree granting authority for the AMEDD Center and School as an academic institution.

The AMEDDC&S reorganized to enhance mission command, improve functional alignment, fully implement the Army Health Readiness Center of Excellence, and set the conditions for becoming a degree-granting institution. Restructuring the AMEDDC&S HRCoE into two training brigades with cadre, faculty and students assigned to the same organization will enhance mission command and improve functional alignment for the brigades, each of which will have responsibility for the execution of training and education, as well as quality of life and immersion into the Army Profession. It will also create a focus for concept, requirements, and doctrinal development in a Capability Development and Integration Directorate (CDID) analogous to other CoEs.

The Army Health Readiness CoE under the US Army Medical Command mission command maintains a focus on combat casualty care and aligns with Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Centers of Excellence in terms of the authority and responsibility for developing medical readiness and health concepts, identifying medical readiness and health capability gaps, and defining and refining future Soldier medical and health requirements established by TRADOC.

The CoE structure increases collaboration across CoEs, other organizations, programs, and the generating force to improve support to the operating force. It embraces best practices and initiatives that improve efficiency and effectiveness of the Army and other Service partners overall. Its common structure across all CoEs improves the ability of external agencies to communicate with CoE subordinate elements. Where integrated staffs are realized and common instruction shared, manpower requirements are decreased and greater synergy is gained between staffs and schools.

The Army HRCoE supports the Army Campaign Plan and the Army Medicine 2020 Campaign Plan by providing The Surgeon General a mission command structure from which to lead the design, integration, and training of new and innovative approaches to health and the Army Health System which, in turn, enable a ready, resilient force of Soldiers, Families, and Communities for the Army.

The Army HRCoE better focuses the Army on improving the readiness of the force by achieving healthy outcomes, promoting sleep, activity, and nutrition as a performance triad and reducing the number of medically non-ready Soldiers.

The HRCoE maintains a focus on combat casualty care and aligns with other TRADOC CoEs in terms of the authority and responsibility for developing medical/health concepts, identifying medical/health capability gaps, and refining future health readiness requirements based on Soldier capability needs established by TRADOC.

As a major subordinate command of the US Army Medical Command, the Army Medical Department Center and School is reorganizing to align with other Army Centers of Excellence and facilitate the integration of functional and branch proponent efforts supporting Army and Army Medical Department Doctrine, Organization, Training, Material, Leadership, Personnel and Facility (DOTMLPF) capabilities and requirements to improve initial entry training, initial military instruction and education, and mission command.


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(210) 221-8580/6498 | DSN 471-8580/6498
Fax: (210) 221-8744 
3630 Stanley Road # 301
Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234

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