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Independence Day: Everything You Need to Know about Becoming a Navy Nurse

Independence Day - Blog (2)In honor of Independence Day, we’ve decided to give you more information about nurses in the U.S. Navy. These nurses not only care for military service members and their families, but also for people around the world.

We’ve rounded up some information on Navy Nurses for those who are interested in serving in the armed forces and for those who simply want to learn more about a type of nursing different from their own.

Navy Nurse Basics

U.S. Navy nurses have the opportunity to work in many different subspecialties, just like civilian (non-military) nurses. They also have many opportunities to work stateside and abroad. According to the Navy’s website, “Navy Nurses may serve at any one of more than 250 Navy and medical facilities around the globe, from Hawaii to Japan, Germany to Guam, and Washington, D.C., to Washington state.”1

Nurse Candidate Program in the Navy

The Nurse Candidate Program is a program for students to pursue their interest in the Navy before they graduate. The program helps nursing students pay for their schooling while preparing them for their future in the military.

According to the Navy’s website, “ [the NCP program] offers up to $34,000 to help pay your way through nursing school. This includes an initial grant of $10,000 plus a monthly stipend of $1,000 for up to 24 months while earning your degree – with no uniforms, no drilling requirements and no service obligation until you graduate.”2

To learn more about your options and the NCP program, contact your local recruiter here.

Becoming a Navy Officer Nurse

For post-grad nurses, the first step to becoming a Navy Officer Nurse would be talking to a local recruiter. To qualify to be a Navy Officer Nurse, on a basic level, you must be a  U.S. citizen between the ages of 18 and 41.

“High school and college students wishing to join must be in good academic standing and either attending or planning to attend a U.S. education program that grants a bachelor’s of science degree accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education,” Marie from Chron says. “Practicing nurses must be licensed in a U.S. state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or a U.S. territory, and must be currently practicing in the United States.”3

In general, Navy Officers must have a strong moral compass and strong academic record. Character, along with legal history and medical records, is something strongly considered by the Navy when reviewing applications.3

If you’re considering a career in the armed forces that allows you to help people across the globe, Navy Nursing might be the career for you.

To all the current Navy Nurses and other military nurses out there, we’d like to extend a massive THANKS for all you do for our beautiful country! Happy 4th of July to all!

How to you celebrate Independence Day? Tell us in the comments below!


  1. http://www.navy.com/careers/healthcare/nurse.html#ft-work-environment
  2. https://www.navy.com/joining/benefits/education-opportunities/undergraduate.html#specialized-programs
  3. http://work.chron.com/become-navy-officer-nurse-21951.html