Entomologists for the US Navy study insects and arthropods to prevent and treat illnesses caused by bug-borne illnesses. Due to the numerous cases in history, in which such diseases caused more causalities than warfare, the Military added this profession to reduce risk and generate preventative measures. The entomologists for the Navy, National Guard, Army and other Military branches are research scientists that work with bugs to protect the lives of soldiers, sailors, marines and reserves as well as the civilian community within occupied countries and our own nation.
US Navy Training Requirements for Entomologists
To become a Navy entomologist, officers must complete educational training in colleges or universities. The Navy requires that entomologists complete either a master’s or doctorate degree in entomology or a similar field with emphasis on the field. Additionally entomologists must have a resident graduate degree obtained on campus, an accompanying thesis and a GPA in graduate study higher than 3.2. All courses in entomology study for the entomologist must be a 3.5 or higher GPA and the candidate must have 30 or more coursework hours in some section of entomology.
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Navy to Civilian Entomology
Navy entomologists may continue to serve the Military until they reach retirement age or retire from the Military early and seek out a civilian career. Entomologists for the US Military may seek similar jobs in civilian laboratories or related careers, dependent upon degree levels and subjects of study. Retired Navy entomologists may go on to work for the government upon returning from active duty, to combat insect-borne illnesses on the home front.
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