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First Responder Careers

A Navy first responder in firefighter gear moves cautiously through a room full of smoke


Navy first responders don’t just respond to emergencies, they stop them from happening. Sailors in this fast-paced job are the first line of defense between the fleet and potential threats, no matter what form they may come in. Whether you’re fighting fires or serving justice, as a Naval first responder, you’ll be directly responsible for protecting the lives of your fellow Sailors and the safety of the fleet.

If you're interested in providing emergency medical support, check out careers in Navy Medicine like Hospital Corpsman and Hospital Corpsman Advanced Technical Field.

Make education your first priority with the Navy.

We offer a variety of educational assistance options, from scholarships to financial reimbursement and salary advances. Explore opportunities in NROTC, undergraduate, graduate and professional programs to determine what's best for you, or chat with a Recruiter to get the latest details.

For details about education for specific first responder careers, select the job below. You can also find more details about education opportunities for Enlisted Sailors or Officers here.

Pay and Benefits
Pay & Benefits
A job saving lives deserves benefits like no other.

Depending on your first responder job, Navy pay and benefits will flex to fit your role. You can rely on regular promotions, pay increases and world-class benefits that rival any civilian employer. Many Sailors can even qualify for sign-on bonuses depending on their field. Every Sailor is guaranteed:

  • 30 days paid vacation
  • 100% health care coverage for you & your family
  • Tuition assistance & free college education
  • Housing stipends
  • Retirement savings & income

Find out more about Navy pay and benefits now.

Reserve Opportunities
Reserve Opportunities
Responding to emergencies doesn’t have to mean interrupting your daily life.

There are part-time Navy Reserve opportunities for Enlisted Sailors and Officers in military first responder jobs. You can keep many of your full-time benefits while serving only one weekend a month and two weeks a year for annual training. As a Navy Reserve Sailor or Officer, you will supply and support America’s Navy without disrupting your life in the civilian world.

To find out what the exact Reserve requirements are for the career you’re interested in, select one of the jobs below to learn more.

Discover more about life in the Navy Reserve here.


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