As a Navy Dietitian, you’ll deliver general nutrition education and wellness programs for servicemembers and their families, wherever they’re stationed. You will also have the opportunity to participate in field and shipboard patient care and food service operations at home and abroad. You’ll provide:
- Inpatient and outpatient medical nutrition therapy
- Nutrition counseling and education
- Food service management
The Navy employs approximately 34 dietitians who are stationed in any of more than 250 facilities in the U.S. and overseas – from Hawaii to Japan, Germany to Guam and Washington, D.C., to Washington state.
As a Dietician, you could also work at one of the highly acclaimed national medical centers in Bethesda, MD, Portsmouth, VA or San Diego, CA. You could provide support to pilots and air crews aboard one of two dedicated hospital ships: the USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy.
A degree from a four-year college or university is a minimum educational requirement to become a Commissioned Officer. You must also attend Officer Training. There may be exceptions to the degree requirements based on extensive service experience. Additional qualifications include:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a currently practicing Registered Dietitian for at least 2 years
- Completed a bachelor’s degree by a U.S. regionally accredited college/university
- Completed an a Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
- Completed an ACEND accredited Dietetic Internship (DI)
General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you've served before or whether you've never served before.