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Medical Technologists play an integral role in the Department of Defense health care team by heading up laboratories in support of medical and scientific specialists or ensuring medical test accuracy for servicemembers and their families.
They supervise the efficient operation of laboratory facilities in the United States and many foreign countries. They also carry responsibility for assets and personnel, and enjoy career-long opportunities for continuing education and training.
As a Medical Technologist and Officer in the Medical Service Corps, you may:
Navy Medical Technologists may serve anywhere the Navy has labs, including at more than 250 Navy and medical facilities around the world - from Hawaii to Japan, Germany to Guam, and Washington, D.C., to Washington state.
As a Medical Technologist, you could work at one of the highly acclaimed National Naval Medical Centers in Bethesda, Md.; Portsmouth, Va.; and San Diego, Calif. You could also provide support to pilots and air crews aboard one of two dedicated hospital ships: the USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy.
Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Medical Technologists 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 career at home.
For annual training, Medical Technologists 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 college, those pursuing a Medical Technology 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.
Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and based on performance.
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.
Medical Technologists 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 you 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.
To qualify for employment consideration as a Medical Technologist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you must meet these basic requirements:
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.