Our Brigade History
The Army Health Care Team is and has been one of the largest comprehensive systems of health care in the country. Whether it is direct patient care, research, disease prevention, allied health care fields or veterinary medicine, the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) covers health care in its entirety. The AMEDD is made up of six corps, each with a specific function; Nurse Corps, Medical Corps, Dental Corps, Medical Service Corps, Medical Specialists Corps, and Veterinary Corps.
Prior to 1995, the Army Nurse Corps was the lone AMEDD officer mission for USAREC; the recruiting force consisted of noncommissioned officers integrated with the enlisted recruiting battalions and companies. The five other corps were recruited by the Office of the Surgeon General (OTSG) and Office of the Chief Army Reserve (OCAR); the OTSG and OCAR recruiting forces consisted of all officers. These three separate entities, each with their own historical lineage, united on 1 October 1995 in a partnership that still exists today. On this date, USAREC assumed responsibility for recruiting health care professionals for all six corps and for both components. Additionally, five Medical Recruiting Detachments were created and the recruiting forces combined (officer and enlisted recruiters).
In 2005, Medical Recruiting Detachments transitioned to Medical Recruiting Battalions; a year later, Medical Recruiting Teams transformed into Medical Recruiting Companies. The Officer In Charge (OIC) became company commanders and Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) became first sergeants.
In an effort to centralize and synergize AMEDD’s efforts, the USAREC Commanding General spearheaded the activation of the Medical Recruiting Brigade(MRB). The MRB would absorb the Health Services Directorate and provide c4i (command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence) for the five Medical Recruiting Battalions(MRBn). On 17 April 2007, the MRB (provisional) assumed operational control of USAREC’s AMEDD mission from the five enlisted recruiting brigades.
On 2 October 2007, the Medical Recruiting Brigade (Highlanders) activated and assumed command of the five Medical Recruiting Battalion: 1st MRBn (Patriots) located at Fort George C. Meade, MD; 2nd MRBn (Gladiators) located at Redstone Arsenal, AL; 3rd MRBn (Spartans) located at Fort Knox, KY; 5th MRBn (Titans) located at Fort Sam Houston, TX; and 6th MRBn (Centurions Warriors) located at Nellis Air Force Base, NV.
The MRB Headquarters, consisting of military, civilian and contract personnel, provide administrative, logistical and operational support to more than 300 recruiters worldwide facilitating the entry of medical professionals from around the globe into the world’s best army.