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what does a navy corpsman do? what does it line me up for in teh civilian world?

I was recently advised by a fair amoutn of people that navy corpsman might be a good job for me, but i am also tryign to take into account the ability to transfer my skills to the real world. what exactly would i be doing, an what kind of civilian job would it transfer to? i was recommended because i wanted to spend some time paying my dues fighting in iraq, i was originally simply considering doing a 2 year infantry stint then going to the navy.







Doc_Me
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first of all..."my spell check wont work" Second of all...I AM A HOSPITAL CORPSMAN After Hospital Corpsman A-School, you don't really have a civilian equivalent. Some say that you are close to an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT),Certified Nurses Aid (CNA), Medical Assistant (MA), or Licenced Vocational Nurse (LVN/LPN). All are true and not true at the same time. What you do depends on what ADDITIONAL training your command sends you to and on what ADDITIONAL schooling you do yourself on the side. The MA and the CNA are very easy to get after you work under a Doctor for at least a couple of months. In California you can challenge the board and take the LVN test. Some states don't have LVN's but instead have LPN's, they are basically the same with some minor differences. Once you have been a LVN for 2 years then you can challenge the board for (RN) Registered Nurse. As far as the Corpsman with Marines being voluntary THAT IS NOT TRUE it is not as bad as some people make it out to be. It is actually a great Honor to serve with the Marines and say that you can do what they do AND medical at the same time. One last thing there are also Tech schools that the Navy will send you to get specalized training. Some of these schools give you as much as 2 years college credit. I am currently in the Preventive Medicine Technician (PMT) program and after only 6 months i'll get over 48 credits to apply towards my Batchelors Degree. There are many others I will list some so that you can know about them. Advanced X-ray Preventive Medicine Tech Independent Duty (almost equivalant to Physicans Assistant) Surgical Tech Lab Tech Dive medical Tech Physical Therapy Tech and more


Iris
I believe I can answer some of your questions because I was a Navy Corpsman for 5 years. This is my recollection (very long answer, but I have a lot to tell): After boot camp, the Navy sent me to an "A" school to train as a "general" Hospital Corpsman. In "A" school, I learned the basics such as human anatomy and emergency medicine (similar to the training of an EMT or Emergency Medical Technician). The training was a combination of classroom and hands-on training for 12 weeks. Since my overall grade was 90 percent, I was able to pick my first duty station from a list. I could have also selected a specialty and go to "C" school (laboratory tech, pharmacy tech, surgical tech, preventive medicine tech, radiology tech, biomedical tech, nuclear medical tech, etc.), but since I did not have exposures to any specialties, I have no idea what I wanted and decided to skipped "C" school at this time. However, at this point, the Navy made it mandatory for all newly hospital corsp school graduate to attend the Hospital Field Corps School (designated as HM - 8404 or field medical corpsman or FMF - Fleet Marine Force, which is not a true specialty transferrable to the civilian world because this training is for combat only). The Marines is under the Navy and since they do not have their own medical department, the Navy provides their medical support. The Hospital Field Corps School was 6 weeks of medical field training. It was actually very demanding physically (longer daily runs upto 5 miles, 15 - 20 miles hike with full gear weighing 50 lbs, lots of time in the field training without showers for days) compared to the Navy boot camp, but I enjoyed the challenge. After the Hospital Field Corps School, I finally arrived at my first duty station - Key West, FL (my Hospital Corps School buddies went to various duty stations around the world in clinics, in hospitals, in carriers, deployment with the Marines, a few went to "C" school for specialty technical training). In my first duty station, I had additional training in order to qualify for the Emergency Medical Technician test and passed with flying colors. Additonally, I also had major hands on training with assisting the nurses and doctors with patient care on a daily basis - taking vital signs, minor surgeries, standing by for physical exams, providing children and adult immunization, etc. (much like a medical assistant). Moreover, we also had to cover the flight line (Naval Station Key West) as their EMT services, so on top of the regular daily corpsman duties in the clinic, we were required to rotate every 3 days as an EMT during nights, holidays and weekends. At this point, I considered the radiology tech speciality so I could have a trade that's transferrable (and make a decent living) into the civilian world once my enlistment has expired, but having a speciality and going to "C" school for training requires additional years of enlistment. But since I did not want to serve further than 5 years (the number of years required as a corpsman), I decided to remain as a basic corpsman without any speciality. After 3 years, I arrived at my second (and last) duty station - Naval Hospital, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and was assigned in the supply medical department. When I finally separated from the Navy (despite no technical specialty), I was able to find employment as a laboratory assistant (phlebotomist). I was also hired as a medical assistant. In addition, I also qualified as a nursing assistant and as an EMT (I was certified). Right now, I've completely separated from the medical field and was able to use my G.I. Bill to receive a BA degree in Business Management and I'm currently pursuing my master's degree in business. In summary, the Navy Corpsman has plenty of specialties (laboratory tech, pharmacy tech, surgical tech, preventive medicine tech, radiology tech, biomedical tech, nuclear medical tech, etc.) to choose from. YOU WON'T HAVE A PROBLEM finding a CIVILIAN job after you separate from the Navy although some specialties make higher salaries than the others. For instance, Radiology tech at $25 per hour versus a pharmcy tech at $15 per hour. You also have to factor the stress level. In my observation, the pharmacy tech considerably experience higher stress than the radiology tech. Salary and the stress factor were important aspects for me to consider. Since the medical field is very demanding, the burn out factor is relatively high. However, if you plan to make the Navy a career, the Corpsman field is diluted and very competitive, so going up in rank is very difficult. For instance, roughly 25% of the E-3s will be promoted yearly to E-4s, only 10 % of the E-4s will be promoted as an E-5s and only 7% of the E-5s will be promoted to the E-6s. Other job fields in the Navy have higher rates of promotions and you could become an E-7 in less than 10 years whereas more and more Corpsmen are retiring as an E-5 (ONLY) with 20 years of military service, which is pathetic because being a Corpsmen is a demanding job. By the way, the "Independent Duty Corpsman" might have duties comparable to a "Physician Assistant", but you cannot practice as a "Physician Assistant" outside in the civilian world unless you have your PA degree (bachelor's) or at least a 2 year program certification. The Navy itself has their own Physician Assistants (as officers, not enlisted members). Have you considered the Air Force? They have many medical specialties as well and they do spend monies increasing the quality of life for their airmen. If I have to do it all over again, I would join the Air Force. At least, I will be treated relatively well (better food, better living quarters, better everything) compared to other military branches.


ED Ski
First off, Hospital Corpsman in the Navy IS fully accredited by the American Council on Education, the first poster is incorrect. SECOND, Fleet Marine Force is the Marine Corps corpsman program, it is a voulenteer program. Third, HM's provide a wide variety of medical services, there are general HM's and of course HM's that specialize. EVERYTHING from general medical assistant, to surgical techs, mortician assistants, pharmacy tech's, xray techs, anything medical you do in teh civilian world, you can do as a HM...(except veterinary medicine, that is only available in the Army) There are even what we call "Independent Duty Corpsman" which are essentially "physicains assistants" The HM field directly relates to the civilian world IF you are interested in a career in medicine. You get the training, experience, and your training and experience is in fact college accredited at over 1200 schools and universities world wide! And you can get certified while you are on active duty to work in the civilian world as an EMT/paramedic/etc


All Night Designer
Navy Corpsman are also the field medics for the Marines. If you don't want the possibility of going into combat, then?


joycetsgt
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Navy corpman is traditionally a medical assistant. If you want to use it in the civilian world you need to go Air Force as we are the only branch that has accredidation for our training and that carries weight as to whether an employer will consider the training adequate. Most will not unless the training was accredited.







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