Establishing the highest standards in a leading network Health Care Administration

“Administrator” doesn’t begin to describe the importance of Health Care Administration (HCA) in America’s Navy. Administrators are the eyes, ears and minds of a global health-care network, managing finances, facilities, logistics, operations and personnel. Serving part-time as an Officer and Reservist in the highly respected Navy Medical Service Corps, you'll share your extra time and talents to improve the way the business of health care operates.

Job Description

As a Navy Health Care Administrator, you will work in any of more than 10 unique specialization areas. You will supervise the care of those who serve, managing everything from delivery systems to training programs and expanding your expertise through unprecedented growth opportunities.

Whatever the specifics, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists. And know this: The impact of your work and your service will go far beyond the time that you put in.

Specific Responsibilities

As a Navy Health Care Administrator and Officer in the Medical Service Corps, you may:

  • Evaluate medical and humanitarian needs after an earthquake or a natural disaster
  • Oversee proper construction of a new hospital
  • Make recommendations on how to continue delivering quality health care in cost-effective ways
  • Evaluate the training needs of personnel and make recommendations

Specialization Areas

In the Navy Reserve, you can gain specialized expertise as you concentrate your service in one or more of the following administrative areas:

  • Education and Training Management
  • Financial Management
  • General Health Care Administration
  • Health-Care Facilities Planning
  • Information Management
  • Manpower Systems Analysis
  • Medical Logistics Management
  • Operations Research
  • Patient Administration
  • Plans, Operations and Medical Intelligence

Financial Offers


As a respected Reservist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you’ll receive a first-rate benefits package – including your choice of any one of these three generous financial offers:*

  1. Up to $50,000 in graduate school loan repayment assistance
  2. Up to $30,000 in specialty pay
  3. An immediate one-time sign-on bonus of up to $10,000

*Offers cannot be combined and depend on specialty. Sign-on bonus offer option available only to those with prior Navy experience (NAVET).


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 of that.

Health Care Administrators 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: You will need to meet the initial leadership training requirement by attending the twelve-day Direct Commission Officer School (DCO) in Newport, RI. This will count as your first Annual Training.

With flexible training options, Medical Officers in the Navy Reserve can comfortably balance personal and military schedules. You can maintain your own life and your own career – enriching both with the rewarding work you do for others.

The Navy Reserve offers you a truly diverse variety of academic, clinical and operational settings in which to practice. In some cases, you can even work in the same civilian hospital or setting you work in now. What’s more, you will enjoy a distinct sense of pride and fulfillment known only to those who serve.

Career Advantages

In the Navy Reserve, your unrivaled professional and leadership experiences will offer outstanding advancement opportunities that can pay throughout your entire career. You’ll increase your value to health-care systems, insurance organizations, nonprofits, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and others.

And the more tangible benefits? Competitive pay. Points earned toward retirement benefits. Outstanding insurance options. And much more. Read more about the benefits of serving in the Navy Reserve.


General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.

Citizenship – Applicants must have U.S. citizenship.

Education – Varies by discipline. Contact a Navy Reserve Recruiter for specific details.

Licensing – Applicants must be licensed in a civilian capacity (as applicable) in order to be eligible for a commission.

Age – Candidates should be at least 18 and no older than 40 years of age at the time of their appointment.

More Information

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Consider Your Service Options.

There are different ways that you can commit to serve in America’s Navy. Besides part-time opportunities in the Navy Reserve, full-time Active Duty positions are also available in this career area.