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Navy Industrial Hygiene Officers (IHOs) provide risk characterization, hazard control recommendations and direct consultation to Commanding Officers and other leaders. They develop engineering and administrative controls, and recommend personal protective equipment necessary to properly safeguard people, installations and equipment. They also manage risk within working, living, and operating environments worldwide.
As an IHO in the Navy Medical Service Corps you will accept responsibility for a broad and rapidly expanding array of environmental and occupational control programs, including:
With more than 120 duty stations around the globe, IHOs may serve anywhere from an aircraft carrier, to an overseas U. S. Naval Hospital, to a Preventive Medicine unit, to a Marine Corps command. There are numerous opportunities to live overseas, including in Hawaii, Guam, Italy, Spain, Bahrain, Japan and Cuba.
Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Officers 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, Reservists may serve anywhere in the world, whether at sea, in facilities stateside, or on bases in countries around the world.
Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists.
Those pursuing an Industrial Hygiene Officer position are required to attend Officer Development School (ODS) in Newport, Rhode Island. ODS is a five-week program that provides a comprehensive and intense introduction to the responsibilities of Navy Staff Corps Officers. Here they learn about the military structure of the U.S. Navy, its rich history of traditions and customs, the legal system, leadership, and military etiquette.
A variety of training opportunities are available for Industrial Hygiene Officers in areas such as:
Attending annual professional conferences is also possible.
Promotions are regularly available but are competitive and based on performance.
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.
Industrial Hygiene Officers 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 12-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 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.
Wherever you are in your professional career, the Navy can help ease your financial burdens and advance your career with generous financial assistance and continuing education programs.
Current or Prospective Graduate Students
In the Navy Health Services Collegiate Program (HSCP), you can receive anywhere from $157,000 to $269,000 while finishing a postgraduate degree. This includes a monthly military salary, a generous housing allowance* and a comprehensive health-care benefits package.
*Navy HSCP housing allowance based on graduate school location. Increased offer amounts available in areas with a higher cost of living.
Furthering Your Education on Active Duty
Full-time Masters and Doctorate degree programs, known as duty under instruction (DUINS), are also available for Industrial Hygiene Officers who would like to pursue additional education while on active duty.
The Navy also offers active duty members tuition assistance (TA) for up to 100% (within fiscal year caps and limits) of tuition charged by educational institutions for course enrollments. There are specific eligibility requirements to receive TA benefits.
Distance learning courses are available at the Naval Postgraduate School and the Naval War College, such as joint professional military education (JPME). The JPME curriculum focuses on how the Department of Defense use the instruments of national power to develop and carry out national military strategy, develop joint operational expertise and perspectives, and hone joint warfighting skills.
As a Reservist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you’ll receive your choice of any one of these three generous financial offers:*
*Offers cannot be combined and depend on specialty.
To qualify for employment consideration as an Industrial Hygiene Officer in the U.S. Navy’s Medical Service Corps, you must meet these basic requirements:
Additional Preferred qualifications include:
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.