Medical Support


Navy Hospital Corpsmen provide treatment for thousands of Sailors and Marines, using quick thinking to help keep them fit and ready to serve at the best of their abilities.

They may:

Assist Navy Physicians and Dentists with surgeries
Specialize in radiology, search and rescue, optical or preventive medicine
Transport the sick and injured to safe quarters
Operate some of the worlds most sophisticated medical and dental equipment
As an Enlisted Hospital Corpsman, you may expect to:

Serve as an operating room technician for general and specialized surgery
Process dental X-rays and operate X-ray equipment
Work in the field with Navy SEALs or Seabees, or be assigned to Fleet Marine Force
Construct dental crowns and bridges
Help administer a wide range of preventive care
Deliver emergency medical or dental treatment to Sailors and Marines in the field
Maintain patient treatment records
Administer medications, including injections
Perform clinical tests
A high-school diploma or equivalent is required to become an Enlisted Sailor in the medical support field in the Navy. It is required that those seeking a Hospital Corpsman position be U.S. citizens and should have a sincere interest in providing general health care. They must relate well to other people and work well as a part of a team. Candidates should have good communication skills, writing and arithmetic ability, manual dexterity, and a good memory. They should be dependable, trustworthy, resourceful, and have a background or interest in the sciences. Other important qualifications are competence with tools, equipment/machines, physical stamina and the ability to do repetitive tasks without losing interest. Any illegal involvement with drugs may be disqualifying.

General qualifications may vary depending upon whether youre currently serving, whether youve served before or whether youve never served before.


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