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Social Work

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Social Work

Whether they’re defending our country or helping those who cannot help themselves, Sailors and Marines must endure long separations from loved ones and exceptional emotional circumstances. So must their families. Social workers in the military are crucial in helping everyone stay strong.

Whether they’re defending our country or helping those who cannot help themselves, Sailors and Marines must endure long separations from loved ones and exceptional emotional circumstances. So must their families. Social workers in the military are crucial in helping everyone stay strong.

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About This Job

Navy Social Workers connect those who serve and their family members to the care and support they need. Counsel individuals who are about to deploy and their families. Offer crisis intervention for those who have undergone a traumatic experience. Even lead workshops on a variety of topics, like transitioning from deployment to everyday life.

Being a clinical social worker in the Navy provides the opportunity to be a professional in practice, from mental health and therapy/psychology to case management and family services. Plus, it promotes leadership skills as an Officer.

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As a Social Worker and Officer in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you will typically provide:

  • Advocacy, guidance and counsel for currently serving and retired military personnel and their families
  • Resource coordination for social, psychological, behavioral, medical, financial, substance abuse, educational and transitional areas
  • Mental health therapy, from physical illness and disease to family issues and traumatic experiences
  • Crisis intervention
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Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Social Workers 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, Social Workers may serve anywhere in the world, whether at sea, in hospitals stateside, or on bases in countries around the world.

Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists.

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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.

Social Workers 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, R.I. 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.

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Practicing Professionals

As a Reservist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you’ll receive your choice of any one of these three generous financial offers:*

  • Up to $50,000 in graduate school loan repayment assistance
  • Up to $30,000 in specialty pay  
  • An immediate one-time sign-on bonus of up to $10,000

*Offers cannot be combined and depend on specialty. Sign-on bonus offer option available only to those with prior Navy experience (NAVET).

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To qualify for Active Duty employment consideration as a Social Worker in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you must meet these basic requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen currently practicing in the U.S.
  • Master of social work (MSW) from a graduate school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Minimum of two years’ full-time supervised clinical social work experience (post-master’s degree)
  • Current licensure/certification as a clinical social worker by the jurisdiction where practicing; licensure/certification must allow the social worker to practice independently
  • Be willing to serve a minimum of three years of Active Duty  
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 41  
  • Be in good physical condition and pass a full medical examination

You may also be expected to meet certain preferred requirements:

  • Experience in mental health (inpatient and outpatient) with knowledge and skills in: diagnosis, evaluation and treatment; medical social work, case management and discharge planning; family violence, including child and spousal abuse; and developmental delays in children
  • Supervisory program management or other leadership experience
  • Knowledge, skill and comfort in working with diverse populations from various cultural backgrounds

General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you intend to serve Active Duty or Reserve Duty, and whether you are currently serving, have served before or have never served before.

ENJOY AN INCREDIBLE BENEFITS PACKAGE.
Paid training. Competitive salary. Comprehensive health coverage. Generous vacation. World travel. The list goes on.
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US Navy servicemen raise US flag.