United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps

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The United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (US PHSCC),[9] also referred to as the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service,[10] is the uniformed service branch of the United States Public Health Service (PHS) and one of the eight uniformed services of the United States alongside the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air Force, and Space Force and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps. The commissioned corps' primary mission is the protection, promotion, and advancement of health and safety of the general public.[11]

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United States Public Health Service
Commissioned Corps
Seal of the USPHS Commissioned Corps
FoundedJanuary 4, 1889 (1889-01-04) (135 years, 1 month)[1]
CountryUnited States
TypeUniformed service
RoleMedical services
Size6,000+ officers[2]
Part ofFlag_of_the_United_States_Public_Health_Service.svg U.S. Public Health Service
HeadquartersDivision of Commissioned Corps Personnel and Readiness, North Bethesda, Maryland, U.S. (Rockville mailing address)
Motto(s)"Protecting, promoting and advancing the health and safety of the Nation!" and "In officio salutis"[3] (core values: Leadership, Service, Integrity, and Excellence)
ColorsBlue and Yellow-Gold    [4][5][6]
March"Public Health Service March"[7] Play
AnniversariesCentennial, 1989
EngagementsSpanish–American War[8]
World War I[8]
World War II[8]
War in Afghanistan
Iraq War
DecorationsUSPH_Presidential_Unit_Citation.svg Presidential Unit Citation (2015 & 2021)
WebsiteUSPHS Commissioned Corps
Assistant Secretary for HealthFlag_of_the_United_States_Assistant_Secretary_for_Health.svg ADM Rachel Levine
Surgeon GeneralFlag_of_the_United_States_Surgeon_General_v1.svg VADM Vivek Murthy
Deputy Surgeon GeneralFlag_of_the_United_States_Deputy_Surgeon_General.svg RADM Denise Hinton
DirectorFlag_of_a_1-Star_Assistant_Surgeon_General.svg RDML Rick Schobitz

Along with the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps is one of two uniformed services that consist only of commissioned officers and has no enlisted or warrant officer ranks, although warrant officers have been authorized for use within the service.[12] Officers of the commissioned corps are classified as noncombatants, unless directed to serve as part of the military by the president or detailed to a service branch of the military.[13] Members of the commissioned corps wear uniforms modeled after the United States Navy and the United States Coast Guard, with special PHS Commissioned Corps insignia, and hold naval ranks equivalent to officers of the Navy and Coast Guard, along with corresponding in-service medical titles. Commissioned corps officers typically receive their commissions through the commissioned corps's direct commissioning program.

As with its parent division, the Public Health Service, the commissioned corps is under the direction of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The commissioned corps is led by the surgeon general, who holds the rank of vice admiral (O-9).[14] The surgeon general reports directly to the Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Health. The assistant secretary for health may be appointed to the rank of admiral (O-10) if they are also a serving uniformed officer of the commissioned corps.[14]

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