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Selection Process for Residency

The Main information site is located at  This site contains all the current information and rules set by the U.S. Army for medical education and takes precedence over any local rules discussed on this page. 

The Army GME programs do not participate in the National Resident Matching Program and have their own selection board process. Priority for selection to Army programs is given to medical students who have U.S. Army commitments.  These are usually medical students who received Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) or Health Profession Scholarship Programs (HPSP) funding. These medical students incur an active duty service obligation.  General Medical Officers currently serving on active duty in the Army may also apply for residency.  All applicants must meet Army fitness qualifications for active duty soldiers which includes passing a physical examination. 

Medical students may also apply to join the Army and apply for residency.  Since you must be on active duty before applying to residency however, it is possible you may be accepted to enter the Army but not selected to residency.  This would mean you would have to serve your Army service as a physician in another specialty or general practice physician.

Radiology is an extremely competitive program and we cannot predict if we will have any positions available for civilian applicants. Civilian physicians may apply if they meet all eligibility requirements, however, Army and other service applicants will take precedence over all civilian candidates.  Only Army candidates are currently selected for Tripler Radiology Residency.

US citizenship

US citizens should apply.  You must have graduated from an US accredited medical school and completed an accredited PGY1 year.  You must agree to withdraw from the National residency Match program (NRMP). If selected, you must successful complete of Steps 1 through Step 3 of the US licensure examination.  You must possess a current unrestricted medical license after internship, agree to an active duty service obligation, and meet accessioning standards for entry onto active duty.


The only means available to apply for Army GME training is through the GME website which is  provided above. This website will not become activated until mid July each year once there is an approved school year plan for training to begin. This website requires you to submit your application and curriculum vitae online. When you enter the website, you will be required to read and understand the GME announcement which advises you of the rules/policies affecting Army GME and advises you of the supporting documents which must be submitted directly to this office for inclusion with your application. The deadline date for submission of the application is generally 15 Sep and the deadline date for submission of supporting documents is usually 1 November. You must check the actual dates at the website listed at the top of this enclosure. Additionally, if you apply, you will be required to interview with at least one program director in radiology. The board meets during the last week of November and the board results are released mid December.

Second Residency Applicants

If you already have completed residency training, there is a large disadvantage that you may face. In addition to whether or not any position will be available, we generally do not train second residency applicants apart from exceptions. Second residency applicants are advised that while they can apply, they can expect to be nonselected. We hope this GME information is helpful to you.