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Responsibilities

As a research specialist and Officer in the Medical Service Corps, your research will promote and ensure the safe and effective performance of Navy and Marine Corps personnel in aviation systems. You will provide professional and technical guidance to plan and conduct research and development. You will also test and evaluate the psychological effects of new aviation systems on flight crews.

You may participate in:

  • Human factors engineering
  • Personnel selection and training
  • Operational support and safety
  • Human performance enhancement

As a research specialist and Officer in the Medical Service Corps, your research will promote and ensure the safe and effective performance of Navy and Marine Corps personnel in aviation systems. You will provide professional and technical guidance to plan and conduct research and development. You will also test and evaluate the psychological effects of new aviation systems on flight crews.

You may participate in:

  • Human factors engineering
  • Personnel selection and training
  • Operational support and safety
  • Human performance enhancement

Work Environment

Navy Health Care Specialists 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 an Aerospace Experimental Psychologist, you could work at one of the highly acclaimed National Naval Medical Centers in Bethesda, MD; Portsmouth, VA; and San Diego, CA. Or you could provide support to pilots and air crews aboard one of two dedicated hospital ships: the USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy.

Still more health-care opportunities are available stateside and abroad in a variety of settings. Conducting research at any one of dozens of Navy hospitals located around the world, on board a surface ship, working closely with a nearby aircraft squadron, or even with the Fleet Marine Force.

Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Aerospace Experimental Psychologists 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 Experimental Psychologists 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 Experimental Psychologist position are required to attend Officer Development School (ODS) in Newport, RI. 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.

Aerospace Experimental Psychologists 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 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.

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.

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 Experimental Psychologist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you must meet these basic requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen currently practicing in the United States
  • Ph.D. in psychology* with primary emphasis in industrial, experimental, cognitive, organizational and/or human factors OR a Ph.D. in neuroscience, industrial engineering or an interdisciplinary program emphasizing human factors or behavioral science*
  • 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 who have completed a master's degree in one of the above areas and have four years of commissioned service will also be considered.

You may also be expected to meet certain specific requirements:

  • Meet aviation physical standards
  • Be able to swim and complete prescribed water survival training
  • Complete Officer Development School at Newport, RI.
  • Complete a prescribed flight training syllabus
  • Complete six months of Naval Aerospace Experimental Psychologist training at the Naval Operational Medicine Institute in Pensacola, FL.
  • Serve a utilization tour on Active Duty as a Navy Aerospace Experimental Psychologist

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

  • Be a U.S. citizen currently practicing in the United States
  • Ph.D. in psychology* with primary emphasis in industrial, experimental, cognitive, organizational and/or human factors OR a Ph.D. in neuroscience, industrial engineering or an interdisciplinary program emphasizing human factors or behavioral science*
  • 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 who have completed a master's degree in one of the above areas and have four years of commissioned service will also be considered.

You may also be expected to meet certain specific requirements:

  • Meet aviation physical standards
  • Be able to swim and complete prescribed water survival training
  • Complete Officer Development School at Newport, RI.
  • Complete a prescribed flight training syllabus
  • Complete six months of Naval Aerospace Experimental Psychologist training at the Naval Operational Medicine Institute in Pensacola, FL.
  • Serve a utilization tour on Active Duty as a Navy Aerospace Experimental Psychologist

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.