Pioneering medical breakthroughs behind the scenes Health Care Science

Establishing physiological guidelines for deep-sea diving and high g-force combat maneuvers. Developing countermeasures for radiation and chemical poisoning. Or correlating the aerodynamics of the F/A-18 Super Hornet. Serving part-time as an Officer and Reservist in the highly respected Navy Medical Service Corps, you’ll rediscover the excitement and sense of purpose that draws you to the Health Care Science field.

Job Description

Medical Service Corps Officers who expand their careers in the Navy Reserve find opportunities that are as fulfilling as they are challenging. As a Navy Health Care Scientist, you can specialize in any one of 11 fields, including everything from aerospace physiology to research psychology, environmental health to industrial hygiene and biochemistry to microbiology.

Here, you’ll find the resources to encourage progress, the support of dedicated colleagues, and the ability to conduct a host of high-level, well-funded studies. You’ll also find the freedom to step beyond the role of traditional research, where your expert judgment and refined skills have a direct impact on thousands. And one where your behind-the-scenes achievements put you at the forefront of medical science.

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.

Medical Specialties/Subspecialties

There are 11 unique practice areas in Health Care Science available in the Medical Service Corps. These opportunities may vary according to the Navy's current needs.

You can gain and expand your expertise in:

*These positions are currently in areas of critical need.

Financial Offers


As a 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 Science professionals 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, Navy Reservists can comfortably balance personal and military schedules. So you can maintain your own life and your civilian employment, all while enriching both with the rewarding work you do for others.

Career Advantages

In the Navy Reserve, you’ll find unrivaled training and educational opportunities. Enviable benefits and experience. Deep pride and purpose. And outstanding advancement opportunities that can pay off throughout your entire career.

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.

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.