One of the great advantages of serving with the US Navy is the health care afforded you. In the civilian world, there are the financially complicated labyrinths of insurance, billing, co-pays, and everything else of the sort, but in the Navy, you’re taken care of. But aside from listing the health care benefits of being in the Navy, the career possibilities available to a sailor within the health care field are ample. Not only will these possibilities give you the ability to gain real-world experience in your medical field, but they can bring you to parts of the world and present challenges to you that you may never otherwise experience in traditional fields of practice.
As a sailor in the US Navy, you have the option of joining the Medical Corps of Physicians, the Dental Corps of Dentists, the Nurse Corps, or the Medical Service Corps, wherein you can outlet your medical services via Health Care Administration, the Health Care Sciences, or you can offer your expertise as a Clinical Care Provider or offer general support in a wide variety of medical fields by expanding on your medical experience working somewhere within Medical Support. These jobs are always in high demand, and with over 10,000 sailors with careers in the medical fields, the opportunities for employment are endless.
The problem with getting a medical career is affording the education. Fortunately, the Navy also offers a host of supportive scholarships that can ease the financial burden of medical education. For example, there is the Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program, which offers tuition coverage, monthly stipends, and even a sign-on bonus. There is also the Navy Health Services Collegiate Program, wherein you receive a monthly salary and a housing allowance to help you finish your degree, and the Navy Health Professions Loan Repayment Program, which can sponsor part of your graduate repayments.
Ultimately, your medical career in the US Navy is as challenging as it is rewarding, and the Navy will help you get there