example) when they accept commissions in the Corps; others with a more general
educational background seek to employ the skills they have in such areas as business
administration and personnel management in the health care fields and to develop
specialized careers through experience and further training.
Section V. THE ARMY NURSE CORPS
3-34. FUNCTIONS AND COMPOSITION OF THE ARMY NURSE CORPS
a. Function of the Army Nurse Corps. The AN Corps provides the nursing
services essential to maintaining the health of the Army and conserving the fighting
b. Composition of the Army Nurse Corps. The AN Corpsis composed of
commissioned officers that are qualified registered professional nurses. The AN insignia
consists of a black letter "N" superimposed on a gold caduceus (figure 3-1).
(1) "Qualified" means that the professional nurse must be a graduate of an
accredited school of nursing.
(2) A "registered" nurse is one who has passed the examinations of a state
board of nursing examiners (or that of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico) and is
registered in that state as a professional nurse.
The AOCs applicable to the AN are given below:
66B--Community Health Nurse
66C--Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse
66E--Operating Room Nurse
66G--Obstetric and Gynecologic Nurse
3-35. UTILIZATION OF ARMY NURSE CORPS OFFICERS
Officers of the AN Corps are to be assigned to those nurse-related professional,
administrative, and staff duties that directly contribute to the accomplishment of the
mission of the AMEDD. Army Nurse Corp officers are to be considered appropriately
assigned when performing duties related to their primary military occupational specialty.
AN officers may be detailed as members of courts-martial boards, nonprofessional
boards, or committees when AN officers or other nursing service personnel are involved
in the proceedings. An Officer will not perform administrative officer-of-the-day (AOD),
staff duty officer (SDO), or other additional duties in which nursing professional