If you are going to school to become a social worker, or if you are a social worker already in civilian life, then the Navy has a home for you in their enlisted ranks. Working as a clinical professional in the Navy will allow you to work with people on a one to one basis, as well as in group settings helping them deal with life. This is a field with cutting edge professionals and one of the fastest growing enlisted rates in the Navy. Marines, Sailors and Airmen that are tended by Navy Social Workers have many of the same life situations as those people in civilian life.
Long separations, and intense stress can lead to strong emotional settings, and situations where a trained professional Navy Social Worker is very useful to help all parties involved. As a Navy Social Worker you will help Military people to resolve various family and personal issues, and help build and grow a positive Navy social work environment. You will help locate and provide support and counseling, and professional referrals to Navy and Marine Corps personnel who are on Active Duty, and retired military personnel, and the dependents and families of these groups.
One of your duties as a Navy Social Worker will be to identify and conduct crisis awareness to assist those Servicemembers and families in crisis or undergoing emergency situations. You will help Servicemembers, Veterans and their families find therapy and mental and emotional help services, and help support military families. You will likely become involved in issues from traumatic past experiences and delayed stress type issues, to disease, and physical illness that afflict Servicemembers and their families.
You will be trained to help lead conflict resolution seminars and training sessions for Servicemembers, and to be a member of a proactive Navy health community. When notified by leadership or Commanders, you will assist in giving support and assistance to Servicemembers in crisis situations, and help them. You will often serve in a variety of locales, from fleet and family type support facilites, to Naval Hospitals and Medical Treatment Centers.
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On occasion you may be tasked to serve as a liaison health professional and treat Servicemembers at Marine Corps facilities, and to assist Marine Corps families with the same issues as face their Navy brethren. This is not generally an entry-level position, but one requiring an eventual MSW (Masters of Social Work) or be near graduation in a Masters of Social Work program.
jean rollan says
I am currently a social work student in graduate school. I will graduate in May. I am also a veteran in the U.S. Navy and a drilling Navy reservist. I would like to be a Navy Social Worker. What steps do I have to take?
bobby coleman says
i am currently serving in the marine corps and seeking a career in the navy as a officer social worker i have a bachlor in social work and would like more infromation
Trevor English says
I am a British citizen interested in a career for the US Navy social services. In July 2010 I will be qualified with a bachelor’s degree in youth and community work. I would like more information about careers you have within the servce.
Joe Lorenzana says
I have been acepted into a masters of social work program (MSW) for a fall 2010 start date. I would like to know what opportunities are available to me. Thank you for any information you may be able to provide.
Stephan Badgett says
Graduating with my MSW from the University of Southern California in May, I understand that if I want a career in the Navy as a social worker I need to be licensed first. Just checking if that information is correct. Thank you.
I have my LMSW and am interested in working in the armed services overseas as a social worker. What steps do I have to take ?
LTJG Evans says
I am an active duty Naval Social Worker. We are a growing division of the Medical Service Corps and we have a number of recruiting methods currently in place for individuals who are 1. working on their masters, 2. have their masters but not their LCSW, 3. current practicing LCSW.
If you are interested in joining our community and getting the best benefits both personally and professionally contact your local Navy Recruiter as they will have the most up-to-date information regarding recruiting programs.
Kayla Gaston says
what would i do since i jst graduated high school and have no college experience but is going into navy and whats to pursue a education in Social Work. Is there a “A” school i need go too or something
Good afternoon, I am currently about to graduate next month in December 2015 with my Bachelor Degree in Social Work. I am thinking about being a Navy Social Worker. I was wondering what is the process to become one at the bachelor level, because I do plan on going back to school to recieve my MSW degree. However, I want to work and have some sort of income coming in while getting my master degree.