Serving a broad spectrum of health-care needs Medical Support

As a Reservist in the field of health care, you will give fellow servicemembers routine, preventive and emergency health care. Help care for their families back home. Take part in relief missions, providing aid for hurricane or earthquake victims. Serving part-time, Hospital Corpsmen in America’s Navy Reserve are always ready to provide top-notch medical and dental assistance.

Job Description

In the Navy Reserve, your passion for caregiving will translate into well-earned respect from coworkers as well as the men and women you aid. You will provide a wide range of medical care to the sick, injured and families of those who serve our country.

This is your life as a Hospital Corpsman in the Navy Reserve. You will perform clinical tests, assist in surgeries and work with the latest technology and the most dedicated team of health-care experts. All while undergoing medical training that stands apart from the civilian sector. And developing expertise in health care that’s respected in your career at home.

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

You will assist Navy Physicians and Dentists with surgeries. Specialize in radiology, search and rescue, and optical and preventive medicine. Transport the sick and injured to safe quarters. Operate some of the world’s most sophisticated medical and dental equipment. As an Enlisted medical assistant in the Navy Reserve, your level of responsibility can increase along with the respect you earn.

In this occupational specialty, you could:

  • Serve as an operating room technician for general and specialized surgery
  • Operate sophisticated medical diagnostic treatment equipment
  • Render emergency medical or dental treatment
  • Specialize in fields such as radiology, search and rescue, optical and preventive medicine
  • 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


Medical support professionals in the Navy Reserve serve in an Enlisted Sailor role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with the job, initial training requirements must first be met.

For current or former Enlisted military servicemembers: Prior experience satisfies the initial recruit training requirement – so you will not need to go through Boot Camp again.

For those without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial Recruit Training requirement by attending Boot Camp for seven to nine weeks in Great Lakes, IL. This training course will prepare you for service in the Navy Reserve and count as your first Annual Training.

The comprehensive training you will receive as a Reservist in America’s Navy will prepare you for a number of specialties – everything from surgery to radiology, physical therapy to respiratory medicine, and more. The Navy Reserve offers tremendous opportunities to get the hands-on experience medical assistants seek. You may also have the opportunity to receive further training in various medical and dental subspecialties.

Career Advantages

As a Hospital Corpsman, the experience and credentials you gain in the Navy Reserve can transfer directly to several careers in the civilian health-care fields. Helping you launch or enhance a career as a:

  • Surgical technician
  • Dental hygienist
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Dental laboratory technician
  • Nuclear medical technologist
  • Physical therapist assistant
  • Dental assistant
  • Pharmacist assistant
  • Medical records clerk

Some training may be counted toward semester credit hours for a vocational certificate as well as an associate or bachelor’s degree. What’s more, you could potentially get full tuition for college – plus money for books and living expenses – through the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Advanced technical and operational training is also available in many specialized fields.

Your training in the Navy Reserve could prepare you for credentialing, certification and/or licensure opportunities from a number of national boards and organizations. Allowing you to become even more competitive in your challenging field.

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.

To qualify for a position as a Hospital Corpsman, you must have a high school diploma or equivalent. It is also helpful to possess quick thinking and a high level of compassion for those in need.

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.