The Behavioral Health Specialist is primarily responsible for assisting with the management and treatment of inpatient and outpatient mental health activities.
Job training for a Behavioral Health Specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 20 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including practice in-patient care. Training length varies depending on specialty.
Some of the skills you’ll learn are:
Required ASVAB Score(s)
Skilled Technical (ST): 101
Earn Cash For In Demand Jobs
You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties.
In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses.
Future Civilian Careers
The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with hospitals, clinics, nursing homes or rehabilitation centers. With a behavioral health specialist background, you may consider a career as a psychiatrist’s assistant, a medical assistant or a physician’s aide.
In addition to basic pay Soldiers are entitled the following allowances:
ARMY FOOD ALLOWANCE - $200.00/mo
The Basic Allowance for Subsistence is used to pay for food for enlisted Soldiers and officers authorized to eat off post. Most Soldiers who qualify for this Army food allowance receive more than $200 per month.
ARMY HOUSING ALLOWANCE - $800.00 - $1,800.00/mo
The Basic Allowance for Housing offsets the cost of housing when Soldiers live off post. BAH rates are based on location, rank and family status. This Army housing allowance is the second-largest piece of compensation for most Soldiers.
ARMY CLOTHING ALLOWANCE - $200.00 - $350.00 annually
Enlisted Soldiers receive an annual Army clothing allowance to replace uniforms and uniform decorations. For jobs that require civilian clothes, the military provides a civilian clothing allowance.
ARMY COST OF LIVING ALLOWANCE - Subject to location.
Soldiers assigned to high-cost locations in the continental U.S. and overseas are paid a Cost of Living Allowance. This Army COLA offsets the higher costs of food, transportation, clothing and other nonhousing items. Higher housing costs are covered separately by the Basic Allowance for Housing.
ARMY MOVING ALLOWANCE - $800.00 - $5,050.00
The Army pays a moving allowance for the transportation of household goods during a permanent change-of-station move. In addition, a Temporary Lodging Allowance covers the cost of temporary housing at the beginning and end of a move. To further offset moving costs, a Dislocation Allowance is also granted for permanent change-of-station moves.
FAMILY SEPARATION ALLOWANCE - $250.00/mo
Soldiers assigned or deployed to locations where the military will not move families receive an Army Family Separation Allowance of $250 per month to cover expenses incurred during a Soldier’s separation from their family. Soldiers are also entitled to the allowance if their families are unable to accompany them overseas due to medical reasons.
Additional benefits that you could be eligible for include:
. Enlistment bonuses totaling up to $40,000
. Up to $24,012 for college
. Up to $50,000 to repay qualifying student loans
. Up to $4,000 a year tuition assistance while serving
There is no other employer in the world that provides the career opportunities, financial stability, health care, promotion opportunities, education benefits or family support as the U.S. Army. Whatever challenges and adversity it faces, the Army goes rolling along.