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United States Navy Sailors in the Navy's podiatry program

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As a Navy Podiatrist, your job responsibilities may include:

  • Treating the feet, ankles and lower extremities of service members and their families
  • Performing podiatry services for those in need during humanitarian missions
  • Diagnosing and treating ailments, injuries and deformities such as bunions, torn ligaments and stress fractures
  • Working with orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists and other health care providers as part of a professional medical team

Work Environment

Navy Podiatrists may serve at any one of more than 250 Navy and medical facilities around the globe, from Hawaii to Japan, Germany to Guam and Washington, D.C. to Washington state. As a Navy Podiatrist, you could work at one of the highly acclaimed National Naval Medical Centers in Bethesda, MD, Portsmouth, VA or San Diego, CA. Or, you could provide medical support aboard one of two dedicated hospital ships—the USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy.

Training & Advancement

Upon graduation from medical school, those pursuing a Navy Podiatrist position are required to attend Officer Development School (ODS) in Newport, RI. ODS is a five-week program that provides a comprehensive and intense introduction to the responsibilities of Navy Staff Corps Officers. Here they learn about the military structure of the U.S. Navy, its rich history of traditions and customs, leadership development and military etiquette.

Once that training is complete, you will learn the ins and outs of life as a Navy Podiatrist and receive your first assignment. Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and based on performance.

Post-Service Opportunities

It’s important to note that specialized training received and work experience gained in the course of service can lead to valuable credentialing and occupational opportunities in your field.

Education Opportunities

Wherever you are in your professional career, the Navy can help ease your financial burdens and advance your career with generous financial assistance and continuing education programs. Opportunities for further education within this platform include:

Through the Navy Health Professions Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP), you may be eligible to receive financial assistance to pay down the cost of your graduate education.

Qualifications & Requirements

A degree from a four-year college or university is a minimum educational requirement to become a Commissioned Officer. You must also attend Officer Training. There may be exceptions to the degree requirements based on extensive service experience.

Additional requirements include:

  • Be a U.S. citizen currently practicing in the U.S.
  • Hold a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from a college of podiatric medicine, accredited by the Council on Education of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA)
  • Hold a current license to practice in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia
  • Have successfully completed a surgical residency or an equivalent formal surgical training program
  • 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

Preferred qualifications also include:

  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (undergraduate and podiatric medical school)
  • Completion of a two or three-year postgraduate residency training program (APMA-approved) with an emphasis on surgical experience
  • Hospital staffing with privileges and credentials in good standing
  • Board-qualification and board-certification

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

Part-Time Opportunities

Serving part-time as a Navy Reserve Officer, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Podiatrists in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes. This gives you the flexibility to expand your experience in the Navy without compromising your civilian practice at home.

For annual training, you may serve anywhere in the world, whether at sea, in hospitals stateside or in bases and camps in countries around the world.

Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Navy Reserve Sailors.

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.

Podiatrists 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: Officer Candidates are required to attend Officer Development School (ODS) in Newport, RI. ODS is a five-week program that provides a comprehensive and intense introduction to the responsibilities of Navy Staff Corps Officers. Officers who previously held a commission in another United States Military Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Public Health Service, or United States Coast Guard are exempt from attending ODS or LDO/CWO Academy.

With flexible training options, Navy Reserve Officers can comfortably balance civilian and military schedules. You can maintain your own life and your own practice, enriching both with the rewarding work you do for others.

The Navy offers you a truly diverse variety of academic, clinical and operational settings in which to practice. In some cases, you can even work in the same civilian setting you work in now. What’s more, you will enjoy an unrivaled sense of pride and fulfillment known only to those who serve.

As a Reserve Podiatrist, you’ll receive a first-rate benefits package including your choice of either $50,000 per year in specialty pay, up to $250,000 in medical school loan repayment assistance or an immediate one-time sign-on bonus of up to $10,000. Reserve Officers joining the Navy as residents can get up to $250,000 in school loan repayment assistance as well as a monthly stipend, dependent upon service commitment. For complete offer details, request a medical recruiter contact you.