Recruiting Navy Doctors

Five Things to Know

by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brianna L. Bowens
30 October 2018 The United States Navy provides active duty, reserve and future Sailors, wherever they may be in their medical careers, ways to ease financial burdens, advance their careers and continue education programs free of cost. Here are five things you need to know about becoming a Navy Doctor.
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1. The Navy offers two service options to choose from during initial enlistment:
- Active duty officers serve full-time.
- Reserve officers serve part-time.

2. Navy medicine offers practice opportunities in more than 30 specialty and sub-specialty areas, including:
- Anesthesiology
- Neurology
- Radiology
- Psychiatry
- Surgery

3. The Navy offers scholarships, financial assistance and continuing education programs:
- The Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) may offer 100-percent tuition coverage, a $20,000 sign-on bonus and a $2,300 monthly stipend.
- The Navy Health Services Collegiate Program (HSCP) offers E6 active duty pay including full active duty benefits (e.g. medical and dental plans).
- Financial Assistance Program (FAP) for individuals in Medical/Dental Residency program are eligible for up to $200,000+ of loan repayment program.

4. Individuals must meet the following list of requirements:
- Be a U.S. citizen.
- Enrolled in an accredited school.
- At least 18 years old, must be commissioned by age 42 (waivers can be granted to certain medical specialties).
- Be in good physical condition and pass a full medical examination.

5. Only 3 steps to apply:
- Talk to a recruiter.
- Apply for the position.
- Begin training.

Editor's note: For more information on Navy physicians, visit
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