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Entomology

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Entomology

Navy Entomologists are called to protect the health of servicemembers and people across the globe. From reducing local cases of malaria and dengue fever in Central America to monitoring the well-being of a hospital ship crew during a humanitarian mission in the Pacific.

Navy Entomologists are called to protect the health of servicemembers and people across the globe. From reducing local cases of malaria and dengue fever in Central America to monitoring the well-being of a hospital ship crew during a humanitarian mission in the Pacific.

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About This Job

Navy Entomologists fill a variety of research, support and training positions worldwide. They plan, direct and participate in operational, consultative, training, quarantine and research programs for infestation prevention and arthropod pest control.

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Navy Entomologists may be called upon to:

  • Assess and reduce disease risk using innovative surveillance and control techniques  
  • Develop and implement comprehensive disease- and pest-control programs
  • Provide professional consultation and guidance for contingency, disaster relief or humanitarian operations
  • Conduct research on vector-borne diseases, including the physiology, bionomics and taxonomy of medically important arthropods
  • Provide instruction to civilian and military personnel  
  • Assist in the development and/or evaluation of pesticides, equipment and techniques
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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, Entomologists 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 career at home.

For annual training, Entomologists 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.

Entomologists 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 employment consideration as an Entomologist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you must meet these basic requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen currently practicing in the U.S.
  • Master’s or doctoral degree in entomology or closely related field in which your coursework had an emphasis on entomology
  • Graduate degree must be in-residence (i.e., not online) and must include a thesis
  • GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale in graduate study and a 3.5 or higher in entomology coursework
  • 30 or more hours of coursework (graduate and undergraduate) in entomology, including medical entomology, pest management, insect taxonomy, insect morphology, immature insects, insect ecology, insect toxicology, insect physiology and statistics
  • 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:

  • Completion of 3–5 hours minimum in: acarology, parasitology, invertebrate zoology, computer science, statistics, epidemiology and environmental health
  • Experience in surveillance and control of arthropod disease vectors

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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