The biggest resource in the modern US Navy is its personnel. Working to make sure that the personnel in the US Navy is supported and maintained is key to keeping Servicemember mission readiness high. One of the best roads to a US Navy career is to work to become a US Navy Social Worker. It is a job that eventually requires a commission, so it’s a job specialty that is well suited to someone that is nearing a degree in social work, or a person that has a social work degree already. If you are a person that is working in the field, or is you are nearing a degree in social work and wish to serve your country, then you should seek out a US Naval Recruiter and check out your options.
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 job specialty that deals almost exclusively with people and their issues and problems. It is one that is designed for people that have high people skills, and that can help different people work through problems in their lives successfully. Long separations, and intense stress can lead to strong emotional settings. 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. 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. You will likely become involved in issues from traumatic past experiences and delayed stress type issues. 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. 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. 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.
On occasion you may be tasked to serve as a liaison health professional and treat Servicemembers at Marine Corps facilities. Working as clinical professional assists in a big way in situations where a Navy Social Worker is very useful to help all parties involved heal.