To be eligible to enlist in the U.S. Navy, candidates must be between the ages of 18-34
The Navy relies on exceptional medical personnel to keep our servicemen and women healthy. As a Hospital Corpsman, youll get to try your hand at just about everything while making a huge difference for the Sailors you serve.
Hospital Corpsmen (HM) assist health care professionals in providing medical care to Navy personnel and their families. They may function as clinical or specialty technicians, medical administrative personnel and healthcare providers at medical treatment facilities. Specifically, Hospital Corpsmen may be called upon to:
Perform emergency medical treatment on SEALs, Seabees, Marines and other military personnel injured in the field, as well as on Sailors aboard ships or aircraft
Perform emergency dental treatment as well as construct dental crowns and bridges, process
dental X-rays and operate X-ray equipment
Serve as an operating room technician for general and specialized surgery
Help administer a wide range of preventive care and medications, including immunizations and intravenous fluids
Conduct physical examinations and assisting in the treatment of diseases and injuries
Maintain patient treatment records, conduct research and perform clinical tests
Assist Navy Physicians and Nurses in a variety of medical fields, including, but not limited to: radiology, physical therapy, phlebotomy, dental, surgery, family medicine, pathology, womens health and more
PAY AND BENEFITS
From the day you start, youll receive:
Potential to earn a bonus upon enlistment
Free health insurance
A retirement plan
Navy College Program and Tuition Assistance
Post-9/11 GI Bill, up to 100% tuition
Professional credentials and certifications
College credit hours toward a bachelors or associate degree through the American Council on Education
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
U.S. citizen or equivalent
High school graduate or equivalent
17 years of age or older
General qualifications may vary depending upon whether youre currently serving, whether youve served before or whether youve never served before.
As a Hospital Corpsman, you have the most diverse range of work environments available in the Navy. Your job will likely take you all over the worldand far out of your comfort zone. As a Hospital Corpsman, you could be assigned to a Navy medical treatment facility, like an on-base hospital or clinic. You could also work on an aircraft carrier in the middle of the ocean or a submarine in the depths of the sea.
Serving part-time as a Navy Reserve Sailor, 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.
Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Navy Reserve Sailors.
- 18 years or older
- Legally authorized to work in the United States
- At least high school diploma or equivalent or higher