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Those who pursue dietetics in America’s Navy have a chance to positively impact the nutrition and health of those who serve. Navy Registered Dietitians are continually innovating ways to help maintain the health of thousands of Sailors, Marines, their families, and other adults and children around the globe with specific nutritional needs.
Navy Dietitians serve in a variety of capacities. They may encourage healthy living among ship crews by teaching them how to maintain a well-balanced diet and regular exercise regimen. Or teach in a class setting, whether for health promotion or disease management. In everything they do, they bring skills and knowledge in:
As a Navy Dietitian, you’ll deliver general nutrition education and wellness programs for servicemembers and their families, wherever they’re stationed. And get the opportunity to participate in field and shipboard patient care and food service operations at home and abroad. You’ll also provide:
Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Dieticians in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes. This gives you the flexibility to expand your profession in the Navy without compromising your civilian practice at home.
For annual training, Dieticians may serve anywhere in the world, whether at sea, in hospitals stateside, or in bases in countries around the world.
Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists.
Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent of that.
Dieticians in the Navy Reserve serve in an Officer role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with this job, initial training requirements must first be met.
For current or former Navy Officers (NAVET): Prior experience satisfies the initial leadership training requirement – so you will not need to go through Officer Training again.
For current or former Officers of military branches other than the Navy (OSVET), as well as for Officer candidates without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial leadership training requirement by attending the twelve-day Direct Commission Officer (DCO) School in Newport, RI. This will count as your first Annual Training.
With flexible training options, Medical Service Corps Officers in the Navy Reserve can comfortably balance civilian and military schedules. You can maintain your own life and your own career – enriching both with the rewarding work you do for others.
The Medical Service Corps in the Navy Reserve offers you a truly diverse variety of operational venues. In some cases, you can even work in the same civilian location you work in now. What’s more, you will enjoy an unrivaled sense of pride and fulfillment known only to those who serve.
As a Reservist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you’ll receive your choice of any one of these three generous financial offers:*
*Offers cannot be combined and depend on specialty. Sign-on bonus offer option available only to those with prior Navy experience (NAVET).
To qualify for Active Duty employment consideration as a Dietitian in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you must meet these basic requirements:
You may also be expected to meet certain preferred requirements: