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Physical Therapy

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Physical Therapy

A Physical Therapist's role in the Navy is crucial – both to the Navy mission and to the servicemembers who carry them out. With the help of a physical therapist, young Sailors and Marines can overcome an injury and continue to pursue an honorable career, as well as a fulfilling life. And the world’s less fortunate have a chance to receive gold-standard treatment for the first time in their lives.

A Physical Therapist's role in the Navy is crucial – both to the Navy mission and to the servicemembers who carry them out. With the help of a physical therapist, young Sailors and Marines can overcome an injury and continue to pursue an honorable career, as well as a fulfilling life. And the world’s less fortunate have a chance to receive gold-standard treatment for the first time in their lives.

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About This Job

Navy Physical Therapists practice comprehensive rehabilitation for Sailors, Marines, their families and those in need around the globe. They enjoy the freedom to treat patients as they see fit, taking into account their best interests instead of limitations from civilian organizations or insurance companies.

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As an Officer and Clinical Care Provider, you will focus on preventing injuries, as well as helping people recover and recuperate from:

  • Wartime, work-related or leisure-activity injuries  
  • Musculoskeletal disorders or impairments

You’ll partner with first-rate health-care providers, such as physicians and occupational therapists. And you’ll assume a critical role in a multidisciplinary health-care team.

You may even have unique opportunities to:

  • Specialize in orthopedics, sports, electromyography and manual therapy
  • Earn specialty certification and additional pay  
  • Take on clinical and management positions throughout the world  
  • Pursue advanced degrees in physical therapy or related fields, on a limited basis
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Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Physical Therapists in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes. This gives you the flexibility to expand your profession in the Navy without compromising your civilian practice at home.

For annual training, Physical Therapists may serve anywhere in the world, whether at sea, in hospitals stateside, or on bases in countries around the world.

Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists.

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Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent of that.

Physical Therapists in the Navy Reserve serve in an Officer role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with this job, initial training requirements must first be met.

For current or former Navy Officers (NAVET): Prior experience satisfies the initial leadership training requirement – so you will not need to go through Officer Training again.

For current or former Officers of military branches other than the Navy (OSVET), as well as for Officer candidates without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial leadership training requirement by attending the twelve-day Direct Commission Officer (DCO) School in Newport, R.I. This will count as your first Annual Training.

With flexible training options, Medical Service Corps Officers in the Navy Reserve can comfortably balance civilian and military schedules. You can maintain your own life and your own career – enriching both with the rewarding work you do for others.

The Medical Service Corps in the Navy Reserve offers you a truly diverse variety of operational venues. In some cases, you can even work in the same civilian location you work in now. What’s more, you will enjoy an unrivaled sense of pride and fulfillment known only to those who serve.

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Practicing Professionals

As a Reservist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you’ll receive your choice of any one of these three generous financial offers:*

  • Up to $50,000 in graduate school loan repayment assistance  
  • Up to $30,000 in specialty pay  
  • An immediate one-time sign-on bonus of up to $10,000

*Offers cannot be combined and depend on specialty. Sign-on bonus offer option available only to those with prior Navy experience (NAVET).

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To qualify for Active Duty employment consideration as a Physical Therapist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you must meet these basic requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen currently practicing in the U.S.
  • Degree in physical therapy (entry-level) from an institution accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale  
  • Be willing to serve a minimum of three years of Active Duty  
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 41  
  • Be in good physical condition and pass a full medical examination

You may also be expected to meet certain preferred requirements:

  • Master of Science or doctoral degree in physical therapy (entry-level or advanced)  
  • Previous experience as a physical therapist (constructive credit for work experience now offered to physical therapists)
  • Letter of recommendation from a physical therapist currently serving in the military
  • Professional and personal recommendations (letter of reference from professor[s] for new graduates, or letter of reference from supervisors in physical therapy for workforce applicants)
  • Current licensure required for workforce applicants (newly graduated therapists have one year to become licensed)
  • Personal interview with an Active Duty Physical Therapist

General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you intend to serve Active Duty or Reserve Duty, and whether you are currently serving, have served before or have never served before.

ENJOY AN INCREDIBLE BENEFITS PACKAGE.
Paid training. Competitive salary. Comprehensive health coverage. Generous vacation. World travel. The list goes on.
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