In order to have a positive impact on the mental and emotional health of Navy Pilots and flight crews, you need to go where they are. And they are flying missions in more than 6,000 aircraft. From all points across the globe. Wherever and whenever duty or disaster calls. Often at a moment’s notice.
Make a real difference in the very real world of Navy aerospace – helping to sustain the mental health of flight crews and using your expertise to optimize pilot performance and reduce flight crew error.
Make the most of your abilities. Then make the most of theirs.
As an Aerospace Experimental Psychologist, you will assist in the extensive preparation required to perform in the most extreme conditions. And lessen the impact and emotional effects that come with performing supersonic precision maneuvers in an F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter.
Navy Health Care Specialists are at the forefront of pivotal research. Pioneering progress in the field each day. With the benefit of continuous, hands-on training and some of the most advanced technology in the world.
As a research specialist and Officer in the Medical Service Corps, your research will promote and ensure the safe and effective performance of Navy and Marine Corps personnel in aviation systems. Provide professional and technical guidance to plan and conduct research and development. Test and evaluate the psychological effects of new aviation systems on flight crews.
You may participate in:
- Human factors engineering
- Personnel selection and training
- Operational support and safety
- Human performance enhancement
You’ll provide essential expertise to the Fleet, balanced on the cutting edge of scientific practice, research and discovery. Expand your medical career in ways you could never realize in the private sector.
As a Navy Health Care Specialist, you may serve at any one of more than 250 Navy and medical facilities around the globe. In some of the most dynamic environments imaginable. Hawaii to Japan. Germany to Guam. Washington, D.C., to Washington state. The sun never sets when you’re part of America’s Navy.
You could find yourself working at one of the highly acclaimed National Naval Medical Centers in Bethesda, Maryland; Portsmouth, Virginia; and San Diego, California. Or you could provide medical support to deployed troops aboard one of two dedicated hospital ships: the USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy.
Still more health-care opportunities are available stateside and abroad in a variety of settings. On board a surface ship. Working closely with a nearby aircraft squadron. Or even with the Fleet Marine Force.
Or you could conduct research at any one of dozens of Navy hospitals, anywhere from Okinawa, Japan, to Naples, Italy, to Rota, Spain. Or at Navy medical clinics anywhere from London, England, to Kaneohe, Hawaii.
No matter where you serve, you’ll provide leadership and expertise to support your country, the men and women who defend it, their families and the world at large.
Wherever you are in your professional career, the Navy can help ease your financial burdens and advance your career with generous financial assistance and continuing education programs.
There's an alternative to spending years paying down the cost of your graduate education. If you're currently a practicing professional, you could potentially be eligible to receive financial assistance through the Navy Health Professions Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP). Talk to a Navy Officer Recruiter for more information.
Offers have many variables. To get information and find out which offer would benefit you most, request that a Navy Officer Recruiter contact you.
To qualify for Active Duty employment consideration as an Aerospace Experimental Psychologist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you must meet these basic requirements:
- Be a U.S. citizen currently practicing in the U.S. (contact a
Navy Medical Recruiter for details)
- Ph.D. in psychology* with primary emphasis in industrial, experimental, cognitive, organizational and/or human factors
- Or a Ph.D. in neuroscience, industrial engineering or an interdisciplinary program emphasizing human factors or behavioral science*
- 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
* Applicants who have completed a master's degree in one of the above areas and have four years of commissioned service will also be considered.
You may also be expected to meet certain specific requirements:
- Meet aviation physical standards
- Be able to swim and complete prescribed water survival training
- Complete Officer Development School at Newport, R.I.
- Complete a prescribed flight training syllabus
- Complete six months of Naval Aerospace Experimental Psychologist training at the Naval Operational Medicine Institute in Pensacola, Fla.
- Serve a utilization tour on Active Duty as a Navy Aerospace Experimental Psychologist
After the Navy
In the Navy, you’ll find unrivaled training and educational opportunities. Incomparable benefits and experience. Deeper pride and purpose. And superior career advancement opportunities that will pay off when you return to the civilian world.
Consider Your Service Options.
There are different ways that you can commit to serve in America's Navy. Besides full-time opportunities in Active Duty, part-time Reserve positions are also available in this career area.