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Aerospace and Operational Physiologists are experts in human factors and physiological threats related to the military operations and physiological elements. Since World War II, Naval Aerospace and Operational Physiologists have used the principles of physics, biology, and engineering to support Navy and Marine Corps operations by providing:
As a Navy Aerospace Physiologist, you may also participate in:
As an Aerospace and Operational Physiologist, you could work at Aviation Survival Training Centers, Naval Medical Research Units, Marine Aircraft Groups, and Navy Air Wings, among other commands spread across the country - from Washington to Florida, and across the Pacific from Hawaii to Japan.
Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Aerospace Physiologists 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, Aerospace Physiologists 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.
Upon graduation from graduate school, those pursuing an Aerospace and Operational Physiologist position are required to attend Officer Development School (ODS) in Newport, R.I. ODS is a 5-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.
Aeromedical Officer training is then conducted in Pensacola, FL over the course of 6 months. The training fosters development of a strong and positive identification with the collective personality, lifestyle, and professionalism of Naval Aviation. It includes educational training in altitude physiology, aeromedical aspects of flight, sensory physiology, aviation life support systems, acceleration physiology, emergency egress, water survival, aircraft mishap procedures. Students must demonstrate aeronautical adaptability by successful completion, within given time constraints, of the prescribed curriculum of the Primary Flight Training at NAS Whiting Field, Florida.
The Naval Aerospace and Operational Physiology warfare designation is obtained after successful completion of the aeromedical officer training; however, a two-year internship is required to complete the initial training and serve in the Fleet as an Aerospace and Operational Physiologist.
Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and based on performance.
Your experience could:
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.
Aerospace Physiologists 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 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.
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.
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.
As a Reservist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you’ll receive your choice of any one of these three generous financial offers:*
*Offers cannot be combined and depend on specialty.
To qualify for employment consideration as an Aerospace and Operational Physiologist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you must meet these basic requirements:
* Applicants with significant military aviation experience who have completed a bachelor's degree in a biological science will be considered.
You may also be expected to meet certain preferred requirements:
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.
To qualify for employment consideration as an Aerospace Physiologist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you must meet these basic requirements: