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Medical Support

Hospital corpsmen roll US Navy serviceman onto a stretcher during an emergency medical drill aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

Medical Support

Give fellow servicemembers routine, preventive and emergency health care. Help care for their families back home. Take part in relief missions, providing aid for hurricane or earthquake victims. Hospital Corpsmen provide top-notch medical and dental assistance to the men and women of America’s Navy.

Give fellow servicemembers routine, preventive and emergency health care. Help care for their families back home. Take part in relief missions, providing aid for hurricane or earthquake victims. Hospital Corpsmen provide top-notch medical and dental assistance to the men and women of America’s Navy.

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U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman checks the vital signs of a child being screened during a Pacific Partnership health fair to compete in Samoan Special Olympics activities.

About This Job

Navy Hospital Corpsmen provide treatment for thousands of Sailors and Marines, using quick thinking to help keep them fit and ready to serve at the best of their abilities. They may:

  • Assist Navy Physicians and Dentists with surgeries  
  • Specialize in radiology, search and rescue, optical or preventive medicine
  • Transport the sick and injured to safe quarters  
  • Operate some of the world’s most sophisticated medical and dental equipment
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As an Enlisted Hospital Corpsman, you may expect to:

  • Serve as an operating room technician for general and specialized surgery
  • Process dental X-rays and operate X-ray equipment
  • Work in the field with Navy SEALs or Seabees or be assigned to Fleet Marine Force
  • Construct dental crowns and bridges  
  • Help administer a wide range of preventive care  
  • Deliver emergency medical or dental treatment to Sailors and Marines in the field
  • Maintain patient treatment records
  • Administer medications, including injections
  • Perform clinical tests
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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, Hospital Corpsmen in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes.

For Annual Training, Hospital Corpsmen may serve anywhere in the world, whether on a ship at sea or bases and installations on shore.

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.

Hospital Corpsmen in the Navy Reserve serve in an Enlisted role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with the job, initial training requirements must be met.

For current or former military Enlisted servicemembers: Prior experience satisfies the initial Recruit Training requirement – so you will not need to go through Boot Camp again.

For those without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial Recruit Training requirement by attending Boot Camp for seven to nine weeks in Great Lakes, Ill. This training course will prepare you for service in the Navy Reserve and count as your first Annual Training.

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Beyond offering access to professional credentials and certifications, Navy technical and operational training in the field of medical support can translate to credit hours toward a bachelor’s or associate degree through the American Council on Education. You may also continue your education through opportunities like the following:

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A high-school diploma or equivalent is required to become an Enlisted Sailor in the medical support field in the Navy. It is required that those seeking a Hospital Corpsman position be U.S. citizens and should have a sincere interest in providing general health care. They must relate well to other people and work well as a part of a team. Candidates should have good communication skills, writing and arithmetic ability, manual dexterity, and a good memory. They should be dependable, trustworthy, resourceful, and have a background or interest in the sciences. Other important qualifications are competence with tools, equipment/machines, physical stamina and the ability to do repetitive tasks without losing interest. Any illegal involvement with drugs may be disqualifying.

General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.

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Paid training. Competitive salary. Comprehensive health coverage. Generous vacation. World travel. The list goes on.
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