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Aerospace Physiology

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Aerospace Physiology

Navy Pilots are subjected to specific and extreme physical conditions as they perform various missions in high-performance aircraft. Aerospace Physiologists are there to ensure that pilots are conditioned to accomplish their missions safely.

Navy Pilots are subjected to specific and extreme physical conditions as they perform various missions in high-performance aircraft. Aerospace Physiologists are there to ensure that pilots are conditioned to accomplish their missions safely.

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About This Job

As an Officer in the Medical Services Corps, you may conduct research on the effects of high g-forces on the human body. Help pilots utilize the latest technology. Train aircrew in high-altitude life-support systems or join the staff of an Aviation Survival Training Center.

Ultimately, you’ll help reduce the risk of mishaps and enhance survival chances of U.S. Navy and Marine Corps pilots and flight crews. Here, you'll train aircrew in:

  • Aviation, sensory and acceleration physiology
  • Aeromedical flight aspects
  • Aviation life-support systems
  • Emergency egress
  • Aircraft mishap investigation
  • Water survival
  • Hypobaric chamber operations
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As a Navy Aerospace Physiologist, you may also participate in:

  • Survival training
  • Personnel selection and training  
  • Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) aimed at improving aviator performance and aircrew survivability
  • Aeromedical operational and safety programs
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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, Aerospace Physiologists 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, Aerospace Physiologists 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.

Aerospace Physiologists 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 12-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 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 employment consideration as an Aerospace Physiologist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you must meet these basic requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen currently practicing in the United States  
  • Master’s or doctoral degree* in physiology (cardiovascular, pulmonary, neuro, exercise or occupational). Applicants with related degrees (biology, biomedical engineering, kinesiology, zoology or other biological sciences) will be considered if appropriate cardio/pulmonary physiology and anatomy courses are completed
  • Complete courses in inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, college mathematics and statistics. (The following courses are highly recommended: biochemistry, comparative anatomy, histology, microbiology, calculus and biomechanics)
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Complete an interview with two aerospace physiologists  
  • Be in excellent physical condition (with the ability to swim) and physically qualified for flight in accordance with the Manual of the Medical Department Article 15-90
  • 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 with significant military aviation experience who have completed a bachelor's degree in a biological science will be considered.

You may also be expected to meet certain preferred requirements:

  • Experience as an instructor or teacher is desirable  
  • Strong personal endorsements in areas of initiative, teamwork and leadership
  • Military or general aviation experience
  • Public speaking experience
  • Strong interest in military aviation

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.

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.