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Army Looking to Hire 130 Substance-Abuse Counselors By October 1


The Army is trying to fill 130 substance-abuse counselor positions by October 1, the Army News Service reports. The Army Substance Abuse Program is looking for professionals to help substance-impaired soldiers who have the potential to continue military service, according to the article.

Positions are available in locations including Fort Hood, TX, Fort Bragg, NC, Fort Jackson, MS, and Fort Leonard Wood, MO. Counselors are also needed overseas in Germany and Korea. These positions are not in war zones, and counselors could choose their location.

Starting August 1, for one week, the Army will accept applications for counselors. The pay ranges from $50,000 to $93,000 a year, depending on location. The benefits package includes health and life insurance, matching contributions toward Thrift Savings Plan (the federal government-sponsored retirement savings and investment plan), and leave.

Dr. Les McFarling, Director of the Army Substance Abuse Program, told the news service that counselors who work as employees of the U.S. military, who are practicing on a military installation, can practice in any state, regardless of what state they are licensed in.

Counselors who do not have substance-abuse certification would need to get it within one year.

12 Responses to this article

  1. Avatar of Theresa Woods
    Theresa Woods / January 15, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Hello, I am a dynamic CASAC-T with many years of experience in the field. My background includes 15 years working in a chemical dependency detox unit, experience working as a manager in a half way house for women, as well as experience working in a state juvenille detention center for young adults. I am currently employed as a Substance Abuse Counselor in a neurobehavioral unit for people who have sustained traumatic brain injuries, where I run a highly successful treatment program using various treatment modalities including 12 Step Programs, Rational Behavioral Cognitive Therapy, Group Therapy and individual therapy. I am also a member of the interdisciplinary team and has provided treatment that has been clinically effective for behavioral modification and has successfully assisted many in their process of recovery through information and education, empowering residents and giving them the necessary tools of recovery to make positive changes in their lives. I am very interested in applying for a position in the army as I will be looking to relocate in the near future to either Florida or Charlotte N.C. I would like to know where I can obtain an application, as this would be an exciting career change for me. Please contact me at I am located in Staten Island, New York City. Thank You!

  2. Avatar of Edna Whitw
    Edna Whitw / November 9, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Is the Army still hiring? and how do I get an applications

  3. Avatar of Joe Karogi
    Joe Karogi / October 21, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    I.m a LCAS-A willing to work with military families

  4. Avatar of Christine Whitworth
    Christine Whitworth / October 20, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I am a current masters student for clinical mental health counseling. I have a RASACII credential from the state board for substance abuse counseling. I work with a provider whom is a veteran, and I myself am from a military family. Speaking for more than just myself, we are willing to help in any way that we can. I can be reached at 417-448-9949

  5. Avatar of Dana Pritchett
    Dana Pritchett / August 10, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    I am currently a student although my studies in addiction are not just classroom education and are not limited by life long experiences of addiction. I’m considering all of my experiences in this particular field.After understanding the complexity of this disease I have realized that eventhough I had first hand experience as a addict the answers were way beyond anything learned in the streets or the classroom the thereputic value and the ability tocome to terms with one fact alone and that is it takes a little of everyone’s hope strength and experience to combat addiction Dr counselors mentors sponsors family and the community so after being clean for ten years I learned there is no big I and little u

  6. Avatar of Prokhorov
    Prokhorov / July 6, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I got out on my own,10 years ago, there are no degree for living in hell of addiction, and no rehabs or institutions will stop you, most people with degree, no disrespect, have no clue what they talking about, makes me laugh, cant tell one smack from other and its impact on life and body, i know it all around, not proud of it just happened that way, if i did figured out a way out of this situation, may be i can be helpful

  7. Avatar of Allison Egan
    Allison Egan / June 19, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I am currently enrolled in a substance abuse class, I have an associates degree as a human service professional. I will be taking the test to receive my csac liscensure when I am finished with this class. I would love an opportunity to work with the men and women who serve our country.

    Allison Egan
    Human Service Professional

  8. Avatar of Tammy Bensman
    Tammy Bensman / December 4, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I have a Bachelors in Psychology, i’m a CSACII certified Drug and Alcohol counselor in Missouri. I don’t have a Masters but will start working on this in spring 2013. I have worked as a drug and alcohol counselor for 5 years and then took a GS job as a Drug Tester Coordinator to get my foot in the door. Is there any possiblities of me working here at Fort Leonardwood in Counseling as i work on my masters degree? We are short for counselors here at this post.

  9. Avatar of Debbie
    Debbie / June 27, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    What is their hiring for someone with a felony background (drug related) 12 years ago?

  10. Avatar of Joe Appiah
    Joe Appiah / May 12, 2012 at 8:00 am

    How can one from Africa get this Job Oppurtunity>?

  11. Avatar of Robin Hartman
    Robin Hartman / August 28, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    I am a credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counselor (CASAC) with over 19 years experience working in the substance abuse field. I am skilled at assessment, treatment planning, individual, group and family therapy. I have a Masters degree in Psychology. I have great respect for our men and women in uniform and would love to work with those needing help with an alcohol or drug problem. I am within driving distance to West Point. You can reach me at my home number (845) 229-5747. I look forward to hearing from you.

  12. Avatar of Vision Quest Biologicals
    Vision Quest Biologicals / August 2, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    How is the testing for Drugs and alcohol handled by the military. With the initial signing of a contract between Vision Quest Biologicals and Pembrooke (DOI third party advisor) I would assume that testing is done on an “as needed” basis and not by random demand to ensure that the young men and women of the military stay within regulations. I suggest random testing from an outside source regularly

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