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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.
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:
As an Enlisted Hospital Corpsman, you may expect to:
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.
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.
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:
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.