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“We are at war, and the enemy knows that the subconscious absorbs everything.”

- Wayne Gerard Trotman

Army Soldiers


Our psychiatry program aims to provide training that reflects the health care needs of the community and the educational needs of the residents. Our military community is a population with unique health care needs. Embracing commitment to our military community is necessary for our trainees and faculty to meet our program’s aims and mission. Our graduates must understand how to navigate the complexity of the military population to successfully care and advocate for their military unit members and patients.


Save yourself a headache. Start on time.

1. Travel plans

Two months prior to starting the rotation, make sure to initiate travel plans by working with the program coordinators and contact the selected operational site training director for more info on the 5 W's.

Program Coordinators:

Shauntey Williams

Azu Botwe

Site Training Directors:

LeJeune: LCDR Elias

Bragg (Liberty): MAJ Dan Hart

2. Read the Syllus

Should go without saying, but read the syllabus. It contains just about everything you need to orient for this rotation.

3. Hard copy of Op Psych Book

Be sure to pick up a hard copy of the book containing the below chapters during your first week to study. Can be found in the Chief's office outside of 7E.

4. Audio Book

Get started early on the required audio book: "Warfighting"

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  • First 2-weeks are self-directed learning using the Army/Navy/USMC operational competencies  

  • 2-weeks in-person rotation at operational locations:

    • Possible locations are Lejeune, Drum (pending), Bragg

    • You are on leave during this and not to attend your regular clinic or didactic duties

  • Make sure to submit your supervisor evaluation on Medhub at the end of your 4 weeks, there is a unique one for the operational psychiatry rotation.


  • Week 1 and 2:

    • You are expected to do Self-Study from 0800-1500 Monday through Friday (except clinic day). See below for branch specific readings and audio book.

    • Each learner will maintain their own pace but the reading below is based on expectation of full day commitment each day except clinic days and Wednesday afternoons for didactics.

    • Don't forget your daily reflections via

  • Week 3 and 4:

    • Dependent on the site you are at, but expect 8am to 5pm days, Monday through Friday with weekends off.

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Navy/USMC Operational Readings (For Navy Trainees)

Week 1: Navy & USMC Organization

  1. Listen on audio: Warfighting (MCDP 1)

  2. A design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority

  3. Naval Warfare (NDP-1)- Chapter I-Who we are; Chapter II-What we do; and Chapter III- How we fight

  4. Organization of the United States Marine Corps (MCRP 1-10.1)- Chapter 1- The United States Marine Corps; Chapter 5- Marine Division; Chapter 6- Marine Aircraft Wing; Chapter 7- Marine Logistics Group (pages 7-1 to 7-6; 7-24 to 7-27).

  5. Command and Staff Action (MCTP 3-30A)- page 1-74

Week 2: Navy & USMC Health System

  1. Naval Expeditionary Health Service Support Afloat and Ashore (NWP_4-02)- Chapter 1- Naval Expeditionary Health Service Support; Chapter 2, only read subsection 2.6- Naval Medical Organizational Relationships and Responsibilities; Chapter 4- Naval Expeditionary Health Service Support Considerations; Appendix B- Platform-specific HSS Capabilities

  2. Medical Logistics (NTTP_4_02_1)- Chapter 3- Health Service Logistics Systems

  3. Fleet Surgical Team Command and Control (TACMEMO_4-02.1-13)- Chapter 1- Introduction

  4. Expeditionary Medical Facilities (NTTP_4-02-4)- Chapter 1- Introduction; Chapter 2- General

  5. Combat and Operational Stress Control (NTTP_1-15M)- read entire manual- applicable for USN and USMC

Nautical Rope

Army Operational Readings (For Army Trainees):

Week 1: Army Organization

  1. Listen on audio: Warfighting (MCDP 1)

  2. Army Multi-Domain Transformation: Ready to Win in Competition and Conflict (pp. 1-29)

  3. How the Army Runs (Chapter 2- Strategy and Strategic Direction); (Chapter 20- Defense Support of Civil Authorities)

  4. Armies, Corps, and Division Operations (FM 3-94)- Ch 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, Appendix A)

  5. Division Operations (ATP 3-91)- (Ch 1- The Division, Ch 2- The Division Mission Command System)

  6. Brigade Combat Team (FM 3-96)- Ch 1- Organization, Ch 4- Mission Command, Ch 9- Sustainment)

  7. Joint Land Operations (JP 3-31)- Ch 1- Introduction, Ch 5- Execution)

  8. Command and Staff Action (MCTP 3-30A)- page 1-74

Week 2: Army Health System

  1. How the Army Runs: Ch-17 (Army Health System)

  2. Army Health System (FM 4-02)- Read the entire field manual

  3. Casualty Care (ATP 4-02.05, C1)- Read the entire ATP with extra emphasis on COSC

  4. Force Health Protection (ATP 4-02.8)- Read the entire ATP with extra emphasis on COSC

  5. Theater Hospitalization (ATP 4-02.10)- Ch 1- Overview; Ch 2- CSH Org and Functions

  6. Army Health System Support to Army Special Operations Forces (ATP 4-02.43)- Ch 2- SOF Mission and Activities; Ch 3- Support to Army SOF

  7. Health Promotions, Risk Reduction, and Suicide Prevention (DA PAM 600_24)- Read the entire pamphlet

  8. Army Health Promotion (AR 600-63)- Read the entire regulation

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