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Responsibilities

As a Navy Aerospace Physiologist, you may also participate in:

  • Survival training
  • Personnel selection and training
  • Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) aimed at improving aviator performance and aircrew survivability
  • Aeromedical operational and safety programs
 

As a Navy Aerospace Physiologist, you may also participate in:

  • Survival training
  • Personnel selection and training
  • Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) aimed at improving aviator performance and aircrew survivability
  • Aeromedical operational and safety programs
 

Work Environment

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.

 

Training & Advancement

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:

  • Give you the chance to work in the field as an Aeromedical Safety Officer
  • Help you become an Aviation Life-Support Systems Specialist focused on RDT&E activities
  • Put you in line for an executive role advising high-ranking Navy and Marine Corps officials on current policy and procedure
 

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: Beginning October 1st, 2019, Officer Candidates will be required to attend the Officer Development School (ODS) in Newport, RI, instead of the 12-day Direct Commission Officer School. ODS is a five-week program that provides a comprehensive and intense introduction to the responsibilities of Navy Staff Corps Officers. Here you will learn about the military structure of the U.S. Navy, its rich history of traditions and customs, leadership development and military etiquette. There may be an option for attendees to request to split the five-week program into two sessions.

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.

 

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.

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.

 

Practicing Professionals

As a Reservist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you’ll receive your choice of any one of these three generous financial offers:*

  • Up to $250,000 in graduate school loan repayment assistance
  • Up to $50,000 per year in specialty pay
  • An immediate one-time sign-on bonus of up to $10,000

*Offers cannot be combined and depend on specialty.

 

Qualifications & Requirements

To qualify for employment consideration as an Aerospace and Operational Physiologist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you must meet these basic requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen currently practicing in the United States
  • Master’s or doctoral degree in physiology (cardiovascular, pulmonary, neuro, exercise or occupational). Applicants with related degrees (biology, biomedical engineering, kinesiology, zoology or other biological sciences) will be considered if appropriate physiology and anatomy courses are completed
  • Complete courses in organic chemistry, an additional chemistry course (e.g. biochemistry or inorganic chemistry), physics, college mathematics, statistics, anatomy, and physiology. The following courses are highly recommended: biochemistry, biomechanics, comparative anatomy, histology, microbiology, and calculus
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale in each degree earned
  • Complete an interview with two aerospace physiologists
  • Be in excellent physical condition (with the ability to swim) and physically qualified for flight in accordance with the Manual of the Medical Department Article 15-90
  • Be willing to serve a minimum of three years of Active Duty after completion of training (including the internship)
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 41
  • Be in good physical condition and pass a full medical examination

* 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:

  • Experience as an instructor or teacher is desirable
  • Strong personal endorsements in areas of initiative, teamwork and leadership
  • Military or general aviation experience
  • Public speaking experience
  • Strong interest in military aviation

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:

  • Be a U.S. citizen currently practicing in the United States
  • Master’s or doctoral degree* in physiology (cardiovascular, pulmonary, neuro, exercise or occupational). Applicants with related degrees (biology, biomedical engineering, kinesiology, zoology or other biological sciences) will be considered if appropriate cardio/pulmonary physiology and anatomy courses are completed
  • Complete courses in inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, college mathematics and statistics. (The following courses are highly recommended: biochemistry, comparative anatomy, histology, microbiology, calculus and biomechanics)
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Complete an interview with two aerospace physiologists
  • Be in excellent physical condition (with the ability to swim) and physically qualified for flight in accordance with the Manual of the Medical Department Article 15-90
  • 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

* 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:

  • Experience as an instructor or teacher is desirable
  • Strong personal endorsements in areas of initiative, teamwork and leadership
  • Military or general aviation experience
  • Public speaking experience
  • Strong interest in military aviation

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.