A Life-Changing Opportunity Waiting
It’s not just the world-class training, competitive salary, generous benefits and opportunities to earn an advanced education. It’s more than the immense responsibilities Navy servicemembers take on, more than the high standards they are challenged to live up to, more than the culture of mentorship that encourages fellow Sailors to help each other succeed.
Simply put, working in today’s Navy is a career unlike any other. Think about it: the unrivaled experiences – by sea, air or land. The chance to travel around the world. Ships so big they are floating cities. Potential participation in humanitarian missions whenever, wherever there’s a need. And, of course, the privilege of being someone who defends America and freedom all over the world as a mission over and above the pursuit of professional success.
Officers In Many Professional Areas Wanted In this community of service-minded people, those who have a college degree or who are working toward one have the opportunity to become Navy Officers, which equates to being both managers and leaders. Officers in the Navy earn pay that is competitive with the private sector along with added perks like comprehensive health care and tax-free housing allowances. And they carry with them a whole other degree of experience and respect – whether serving as Medical Officers or Nuclear Officers, Engineering Officers or Intelligence Officers.
The Navy has one of the most renowned health-care networks in the world – employing physicians, dentists, nurses and other specialized medical personnel to care for servicemembers and others in need. And if the world of high tech is your calling, the Navy has some of the world’s most sophisticated technology in everything from nuclear reactors to aircraft to deep-sea equipment, engineering to electronics to cyber security, intelligence to chaplaincy to law.
You may find similar jobs in the civilian sector, but you won’t find the same level of responsibility, camaraderie, benefits and purpose that are present in the Navy. Here, you’ll be part of something bigger than yourself. And if you’re Officer material, you’ll take the advantages and the honor with you for a lifetime.
In a highly networked world, information is everywhere – easier to access and increasingly exploitable. Today’s technological advancements make information both a formidable weapon and a constant threat – to the point that it has evolved into a type of warfare all its own. With this in mind, America’s Navy has the Information Dominance Corps (IDC) – a community charged with mastering the capabilities, tools and techniques required to effectively collect, process, analyze and apply information.
Gathering data through sources ranging from advanced cyberspace operations to unmanned surveillance systems. Converting data into effective and actionable intelligence. Maintaining cutting-edge communications networks that effectively share and safeguard information. It’s all part of the mission for those who serve in the professional areas of information and technology in America’s Navy – for those warriors who do battle within the cyberspace domain and the electromagnetic spectrum.
Made up of both Enlisted Sailors and Officers, IDC members specialize in information-intensive fields that include Information Management, Information Technology, Information Warfare, Cyber Warfare, Cryptology, Intelligence, and Meteorology & Oceanography. Collaboratively, they develop and defend vital intelligence, networks and systems. Managing the critical information that supports U.S. Navy, Joint and national warfighting requirements. Maintaining the Navy’s essential technological edge
The Navy is one of the world’s premiere nuclear power programs and has the most advanced nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers on earth.
They operate and maintain the most formidable Fleet of nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers on the planet. They pursue the highest degree of intellectual and personal challenges in the nuclear field. They apply nuclear energy and fundamentals of engineering in ways that not only help to defend our national security but also serve to better our world.
These are the men and women of the Navy Nuclear Propulsion community within America’s Navy. Submarine Officers (Nuclear). Surface Warfare Officers (Nuclear). Naval Reactors Engineers. Naval Nuclear Power School Instructors. And Nuclear Operations personnel. Every day, advancing their science through application, collaboration and research. These personnel assume the kind of responsibilities and leadership roles that even their most talented peers wait years to take on.
This is your chance to go behind the scenes into the classified world of Navy Nuclear Propulsion. And to learn about the amazing jobs and career opportunities available – with or without a college degree. Think you’re up to the challenge of becoming a “Navy Nuke”? See what it’s like to be part of this truly mind-boggling equation
Working behind the scenes or on the front line of health care delivery. Caring for the physical or mental health needs of servicemembers, or those in a Third World country hit by catastrophe. Researching a better way of life or guarding against a threat to human health. It’s how thousands of people perform their Navy Health Care jobs each day.
More than 4,300 physicians, 1,200 dentists and 3,900 nurses provide world-class, hands-on care. More than 2,600 administrative, research and clinical specialists offer vital support in labs and research facilities in the U.S. and around the world. No matter their roles or locations, all are doing what they love for the sake of country and common good.
In America’s Navy, the business of helping others is anything but business as usual. As a Navy Health Care Officer, you will distinguish yourself as a professional. Define yourself as a person. And be part of something far bigger than the title you hold or the community you serve.
If you pursue this profession, you will:
Utilize the latest techniques and technology in state-of-the-art facilities, such as a national naval hospital
- Collaborate with skilled, dedicated colleagues using unrivaled resources
- Have the opportunity to support medical relief and education efforts around the globe
- Attend Officer Development School instead of Boot Camp
- Take on a leadership role among leaders, giving you unrivaled management experience
Few occupations will earn more trust and respect than those related to health care. And in the Navy, your nation’s admiration is a validation you’ll experience on a whole new level.
The world of Navy Health Care is a vast caregiving network, supporting the diverse needs of servicemembers and their families, and spreading goodwill and good health to people in need at home and abroad. At the same time, it is accomplished professionals who set the highest standards of excellence in their respective healthcare careers, in any of four Corps units:
Medical Corps (Physicians)
There’s no exaggerating the significance of the role you’ll serve as a military doctor in America’s Navy. As a Navy Physician, you can pursue your true passion for helping others and focus on the finer points of medicine without the financial and business complications of a private practice.
Further your expertise amid progressive thinking among 30 specialty and subspecialty areas. Distinguish yourself with pride and respect as a Navy Medical Corps Officer. You’ll find generous incentives, first-rate benefits and a world-class practice.
Dental Corps (Dentists)
As a dentist in America’s Navy, there’s no end to the career advancements you’ll have. As a Navy Dentist, you can focus on the finer art of dentistry without the financial and business worries of a private practice.
Distinguish yourself with pride and respect as a Navy Dental Corps Officer in any of 13 specialty areas. Then take advantage of generous educational incentives, first-rate benefits and a world-class practice.
Nurse Corps (Nurses)
Nowhere else will you get such an elevated role as a nurse than in America’s Navy. You will be a full member of the Navy Health Care team and an Officer of equal standing as a Navy Nurse. Do everything a civilian nurse would do and then move far beyond that.
Consider a position in more than a dozen clinical areas. Distinguish yourself with pride and respect as a Navy Nurse Corps Officer. Then take advantage of generous educational incentives, first-rate benefits and a world-class practice.
Medical Service Corps (Specialists)
This highly diversified group of professionals within Navy Health Care features more than 22 different specialties. Some interacting directly with patients; others working behind the scenes.
Take your ability to manage complex systems and put it to use for incredible causes: ensuring that systems are in place to maintain the health of Navy and Marine servicemembers and their families. Then contribute to humanitarian relief efforts around the world, managing projects that are as exciting as they are varied.
Take your enthusiasm for science and research, and use it to help others around the world. The Navy Medical Service Corps can take you beyond the cutting edge in more than 11 research specialties, from aerospace physiology to microbiology and more. Work with unrivaled support and funding, utilizing technology the private sector may not even know about.
Whether it’s caring for infants or the elderly or treating various conditions that affect the human body, the 10 specialties in Navy Clinical Care are similar to the private sector. But Navy opportunities include access to cutting-edge technology, experience on a whole new level and impressive rewards for making a difference in the world.
In the world of Navy Health Care, those working as Hospital Corpsman serve a broad and vital role, providing everything from surgical assistance to preventive care, doing everything from delivering emergency care to constructing dental crowns.
In this position, you'll be making an immediate difference – with the experience you gain preparing you to excel in countless jobs within the medical and dental fields.
Wherever you are in your professional career, the Navy can help ease your financial burdens and advance your career with generous scholarships, financial assistance and continuing education programs.
If you’re a student, you can concentrate on your education or training with no military/training obligation until after your program is completed.
Depending on where you are in your education or career, you may be eligible for one of these programs:
Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) – Receive tuition coverage plus a monthly stipend and possibly even a sign-on bonus.
Navy Health Services Collegiate Program (HSCP) – Receive a monthly salary and housing allowance while finishing your degree.
Navy Health Professions Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP) – Receive funds to help repay your graduate school loans.
Offers have many variables. To get details and find out which offer would benefit you most, contact a Navy Officer Recruiter.
Are you curious about exploring the possibilities in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM)? You could be a part of making exciting innovations a reality by pursuing your interest in these subjects. Careers in the STEM fields involve cutting-edge technology, breakthrough research and real-world applications. If you want to make dreams a reality, consider what you can accomplish with a STEM career.
In fact, the need for professionals in STEM fields is reaching critical levels in the United States. There are many STEM career opportunities that both are in demand and challenge bright minds. If you’re looking for a career that taps into your curiosity about science and technology and enables you to apply your skills, America’s Navy just may be the place for you.
The Navy offers highly technical careers with advanced training in everything from engineering to aviation, health care to information technology. With exciting work as nuclear propulsion engineers, pilots, robotics technicians and in many other challenging roles, there’s no better place for a young person to reach his or her potential.
“Today, more than ever before, science holds the key to our survival as a planet and our security and prosperity as a nation. It's time we once again put science at the top of our agenda and work to restore America's place as the world leader in science and technology.”
– President Barack Obama
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The U.S. Navy is truly one of America’s great places to work – an organization that not only serves the greater good every day but also rewards those serving with the kind of personal and professional fulfillment rarely found elsewhere.