Job Description: Assist in the prevention and treatment of disease and injury using first aid and preventive medicine procedures; assist in the prevention and treatment of dental diseases and disabilities; assist with physical examinations; provide patient care and assist in the administration of medicinal and parenteral solutions; perform general laboratory, pharmacy, and other patient support services; assist in the administrative supply and accounting procedures within medical departments ashore, afloat, and with the Marine Corps; instruct medical and non-medical personnel in first aid, self-aid, personal hygiene, and medical records maintenance; assist in the transportation of the sick and injured; and provide assistance in the maintenance of environmental and occupational health standards and in Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Explosive (CBRNE) casualties and other contingencies. Senior hospital corpsmen perform supervisory, technical, planning, and management functions in support of medical readiness and quality healthcare delivery. In addition to their general assignments, hospital corpsmen trained as technicians perform specialized functions within the operational forces, clinical specialties, and administrative departments and may be assigned independent of a medical officer.

  • Branch Branch: Navy
  • Ratings Average Rating:
  • Desinnation Designation: HM
  • Average Required Test Average Salary: $36,173
  • Entry Type Entry Type: Enlisted
  • Required Test ASVAB: VE+MK+GS=156
  • Degree Degree: High School or GED
  • Age Age: 17-39
  • Citizen Citizen: U.S. or Permanent Resident
  • Category Category: Medical
Average Age
31 Average Age
Average Age
16,723 Number Employed
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9.0 YearsAverage Employment


Pros: Liked all the training I received. I performed lab draws, ekg’s, audiograms, first aid, basic physical exams, sick call, basic optometry exams, fabricated lenses for prescriptions, trained as an EMT and Emergency Vehicle Operator in addition to training with the Marines as a combat medic, performed sick call for Brig detainees, managed Health Record and Physical Exams departments. Enjoyed the places I have traveled with the Navy and made some life long friends in my career.

Cons: Training, Travel, Camaraderie, GI Bill and other benefits

Location: USS John F. Kennedy, Mayport FL