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Radiation Health

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Radiation Health

Whether administering a radiation protection program, extending expertise in diagnostic radiology, or assisting physicians/radiologists in therapy or treatment, the job of Navy Radiation Health Specialists is to ensure that radiation is used safely in all cases.

Whether administering a radiation protection program, extending expertise in diagnostic radiology, or assisting physicians/radiologists in therapy or treatment, the job of Navy Radiation Health Specialists is to ensure that radiation is used safely in all cases.

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About This Job

Navy Radiation Health Specialists are health and safety experts responsible for all aspects of an occupational radiation protection program. They apply clinical medical physics expertise in diagnostic radiology and ensure compliance with Navy, Department of Defense and federal regulations.

They also:

  • Plan, direct and administer radiation protection programs
  • Recommend appropriate radiation control measures  
  • Act as the liaison between the Navy and other services and federal agencies
  • Assist physicians in disease diagnosis and treatment
  • Provide formal instruction and on-the-job training in radiation health programs
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As a Radiation Health Specialist, you could:

  • Serve as an instructor in a number of training programs for technicians, Radiation Health Officers, nurses, physicians and medical students
  • Become eligible for leadership and management opportunities in medical and nonmedical 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, Radiation Health Specialists 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, Radiation Health Specialists 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.

Radiation Health Specialists 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 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 Health 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 a Radiation Health Officer in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you must meet these basic requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen currently practicing in the United States  
  • Bachelor's degree with a major in chemistry, engineering, physics, applied physics or mathematics. Applicants with degrees in biological sciences must have course work in physics through modern physics, and mathematics, at least through vector analysis
  • 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:

  • Science degree with GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale  
  • Amiable and assertive personality  
  • Advanced degree in health or medical physics or nuclear engineering  
  • Prior employment or experience in clinical or industrial health physics, medical physics or radiation protection
  • Certification by the American Board of Health Physics or the American Board of Radiology

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.
US Navy servicemen raise US flag.
US Navy servicemen raise US flag.