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.
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.