Training is conducted onboard the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Connecticut. The course of instruction is 63 weeks in total. The Independent Duty Corpsman Curriculum begins after completing 6 weeks of Basic Enlisted Submarine School (BESS) at Naval Submarine School on the submarine base.
Upon successful course completion, the new graduate is eligible for meritorious advancement to E6, a selective reenlistment bonus (SRB) per current directives, and assignment to an independent duty billet onboard an operational submarine.
Special pays includes submarine duty pay (begins the first day of BESS, CONSUB https://www.navycs.com/submarine-pay-chart.html), special duty assignment pay (SDAP) (currently $450.00 monthly while on independent duty), sea pay, and continued submarine pay when returning to shore duty (with incurred PRD OBLISERV).
For additional information and requirements, visit the Catalog of Navy Training Courses (CANTRAC).
The curriculum consists of intensive, fast-paced study and includes topics covering Radiation Health (8 weeks) and Clinical and Operational Medicine (44 weeks). A myriad of topics involving all facets of leading the medical department onboard an operational submarine are covered: administering the radiation health and atmosphere control programs, conducting atmosphere sampling, performing laboratory procedures, and diagnosing and treating a variety of illnesses and injuries, to name a few. Throughout the course of study, each student is assigned a faculty mentor for a unique one-on-one preceptorship. This mentor provides academic advisement and assignments, career counseling, etc., and is a constant, readily available resource for the student.
Opportunities exist for off-site training during the 12 weeks of clinical rotations, which follow the didactic phases. Currently, clinical partnerships exist with the United States Coast Guard Academy Medical Clinic, Navy Readiness and Training Unit (NMRTU) Groton, CT, Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) Newport, RI, NMRTC Portsmouth, VA, Hartford Healthcare Simulation Hartford, CT, as well as Yale New Haven Hospital. These rotations offer invaluable training in areas including anesthesia, trauma and critical care medicine, emergency medicine, and other real-world aspects of operational medicine.
Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
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