Army Hopes To Hire 130 Substance Abuse Counselors

Army officials say they want to hire 130 substance abuse counselors for 54 military installations, including Fort Bragg.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that the U.S. Army hopes to hire the counselors by October.

The director of the Army Substance Abuse Program says in a release that the Army has had a shortage of counselors since 2008. Dr. Les McFarling says the Army's goal is to have 562 counselors, but it's been a struggle to fill the jobs.

The Army says salaries range from $50,000 to $93,000 and come with good benefits and other incentives, including student loans being paid off.

The release says the Army needs about 10 providers each at major bases, including Fort Bragg, Fort Hood in Texas, and Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri.


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  • by Anonymous on Jul 30, 2011 at 06:13 PM
    No wonder the Federal Government is 14 trillion in debt, that salary range is inflated.
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      by SAC on Jul 31, 2011 at 11:25 AM in reply to
      For the debt incurred pursuing a master's degree and the advanced experience needed for the position, that is not an inflated salary.
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      by BF on Jul 31, 2011 at 02:33 PM in reply to
      Professional counselors like these could go into private practice at 2 to 3 times that salary. Government competes with private enterprise for workers. These salaries are NOT inflated.
  • by yes but on Jul 30, 2011 at 05:48 PM
    this is great, but what about the budget crisis? how about the teachers who are waiting to see if they have jobs or not? how about the kids who need services in pre k? what about the gang problem in some of our cities. i know this is federally funded money, but the army--more like the war-- seems to be taking up so much of our tax money as it is...cant we help our civilians?
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      by vickie on Nov 30, 2011 at 01:40 PM in reply to yes but
      Hello i'm a ccjp counselor i worked with juveniles, women and men with criminal backgrounds and earnedless than 30,000.00 a year. If we don't help these adults and juvenile our children are lost because their parents are neglecting them over the drugs. these babies are full of herion and crack in their mothers womb.
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