US Navy Field Medic & Nursing Education Options Makes A Great Career Choice

All field medics in the Marine Corps are Navy trained medical corpsmen who serve as Navy personnel in Marine Units. Once you have trained and successfully completed the US Navy Field Medic education program, then you will complete a 7-week training course held at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina before being assigned to a US Marine Corps Unit. The Marine Corps utilizes the FMSS training to give the Navy Trained Corpsmen the ability to transition into serving in the Marine Corps.

US Navy Medic Program Not For Everyone!

Every Marine Corps Service member has certain traditions that apply to them, including Navy Corpsmen. One of them is the saying “Every Marine is a rifleman,” and that extends to the Navy personnel that serve as Marine Corps corpsmen. It still is something that is important for unit cohesiveness, and the Marines need to be able to trust their corpsmen, and it is very important that the corpsmen be able to stand tall and keep up with the members of the Marine Corps units they serve in. The Navy and Marine Corps have always had a close relationship, and there are some jobs that are not actively staffed in the Marine, but are instead provided by the US Navy.

One of these is Field Medic, the Marines do not maintain their own Field Medic rating. This is one of the purposes of the Field Medical Service School. He is taught medical related training, but also different issues that are crucial to Marine Corps Service members. Marines are the fast response members of the United States Military and as such they are very tough personnel that are known for their strength, endurance, and toughness.

The US Navy supplies it, US Navy Field Medics serve in the Marine Corps and while they are Navy trained personnel, they are seen as Members of the active duty Marine Corps. The United States Navy supplies Field Medic Services for both the US Navy and the United States Marine Corps. US Navy Medics are loaned also to other Departments in the US Government such as the Coast Guard and other departments as required.

The Navy trained medical Corpsmen receive an advanced training as corpsmen, and then they advance to assignment in the Marine Corps, for field assignment with active duty Military companies and field regiments. Navy Corpsman that serves in the Marine Corps is for all purposes and intents a Marine Corps Service members.

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It is the method that works to give Navy Corpsmen the experience, the self-confidence, and the methods to experience real life Marine Corp life. They are taught to work and function as corpsmen, but they must also work to fit in and function as a Marine.

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military dot image Anne Yetzer    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

To whom it may concern:
I am seeking more information on the lifestyle/mode of applying for and learning more about the process of becoming a field medic in the US Marine Corps. I have questions regarding its connections with the navy. Any information you could provide would be very much appreciated. Thank you for your time.
Anne Yetzer


military dot image michael harber    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I’m just wanting more information on the field medic training. I have wanted to be a marine for a long time and I have wanted to be a field medic so if I can do both that would be great.


military dot image Christopher Shaffer    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am seeking more information on the lifestyle/mode of applying for and learning more about the process of becoming a field medic in the US Marine Corps.


military dot image Nathan    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

The Navy Corpsman is indispensable to Marine Corps operations. They are truly part of the unit. The Marine Corps is department of the Navy. As an eight year Marine veteran, I can assure you that the corpsman is an intergal part of each unit. Just like a Marine, the corpsman can get into different marine units. They have corpsman in every line unit in the Corp. They live in the field with us, eat the same chow, and become part of the brotherhood. Many of the corpsmen wore Marine regs (Marine uniforms with navy insignia). Just like any other navy personnel, you have to earn your your respect. I am now an RN and I have often thought about going back into the Navy as a Nurse. That would be a change!! No more living in the mud! I hope that any of you who are interested will look into the corpsman program. It is a very honorable field.


military dot image bill manley    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

are you able to opt to go into the marines as a medic or are you assigned where to serve as a medic


military dot image FMFDOC    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I’m the doc with my unit, I’ve been a corpsman for 2 years now and I love it. The training is hard but it is fun if ya make it. Field med is a great school and for many it’s their first time being around marines and if you thoght navy boot was bad then youre in for a big wake up call. You will always be in the navy but your marines will do anything for you if you do the same for them, they will take you in and call you their own. If you work harder and pt better then you will be a marine, my first Sargent called me a marine the other day. You will learn alot in school but you really don’t start learning until you get out in the fleet. I’m with combat engineers and we blow up all kinds of crap, I had no clue when I got here but now I can do the same thing any other marine can. At the end of the day if you take care of your guys and go out of your way to take care of them then you will be just fine, they’ll treat ya better then your own mother does! Good luck to those starting your journey, it’s well worth the pain!


military dot image Daniel Frias    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I want to join the marine corp as a field corpman, answer back if you have any idea on how to get there.


military dot image Alyssa Johnson    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I want to be a Medic for the US Marines, and I would like more information on the training needed and what skills i will need. Please email me any information

email- [email protected]

Thanks, Alyssa


military dot image Doc Ed    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

If you want to be a marine corp medic, you have to join the navy. You cant join the marines and be a medic because there is none. Medics you see in marine units are navy personel. After you graduate from naval hospital corps school, you will have the option, depending on availability, to serve as a corpsman in a marine unit as part of the fleet marine force, on either a division, logistics group, or air wing. You will go through additional trainning in field medicine for this.


military dot image Howard Rainer    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am contacting you, not for myself, but in regard to a relative who will be senior in highschool this next year.

He is interested in the US Navy-Marine medic program and would like to know the basic requirements.


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