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  • Military Resources

    The Association of Surgical Technologists is proud of our many military members and recognizes that the roots of our profession extend back to World War II.
  • Military Resources

    Resources for the Active Duty and Retired Military Member

    The following is information and resources that may prove useful to active duty, reserve and retired military personnel. If you have additional resources, please send them to AST. 
    General information for military members & individuals interested in military careers. 
    Information on scholarships for veterans 
    Information on outdoor camp for children ages 8 to 15 of military soldiers who have been injured or killed. 
    Website of the nonprofit organization Student Veterans of America, a coalition of student veteran groups on college campuses that help veterans reintegrate into campus life and succeed academically. 
    Provides assistance in identifying college(s) interested in attending and allows veterans to see if school is for-profit or nonprofit.
    General information about education & training for veterans.

    Foundation for Surgical Technology Military Scholarship

    The Foundation for Surgical Technology offers a scholarship for enlisted active-duty and retired-enlisted military personnel who are pursuing an associate degree or higher in a healthcare related profession. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage enlisted military personnel to advance in their military career or aid retired veterans who are working toward completing a college degree as well as respond to the financial need demonstrated by the individual.

    Department of Veterans Affairs Approval of Reimbursement of NBSTSA Test Fee

    The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting surgical technology certification examination is officially approved by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) affirming that US veterans can receive reimbursement of the examination fee (this does not include the NBSTSA processing fee). Veterans who qualify to take the certification exam are required to submit their official exam results and receipt reflecting the cost of the exam to the processing center of the DVA to facilitate reimbursement.


    The Association of Surgical Technologists is proud of our many military members and recognizes that the roots of our profession extend back to World War II. The AST Board of Directors appointed a Military Advisory Committee in 2010 in order to reach out to our servicemen and women who work in surgical patient care. The Military Advisory Committee serves as a resource for members who are active military, reserves and retired.

    MAC Purpose Statement

    To be the voice of military surgical technologists to promote their service as members of an integrated team of credentialed professionals.


    AST Military Challenge Coin

    AST offers a surgical technology military challenge coin with the funds supporting the Foundation’s military scholarship. The coin can be ordered through AST’s online store on our website or by calling AST. 

    Other Online Resources:

    Job Opportunities for US Veterans