KADENA, Japan (Jun. 17, 2021) On Jun. 15, 2021, Chief Grasp-at-Arms Frederick Joshua, assigned to Commander, Fleet Actions Okinawa, took his oath of workplace and was sworn in as an ensign within the U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps. His path was uncommon in that he had no direct ties to the medical service however he selected this tough and weird path to raised serve others.
Based on the American Board of Medical Social Work, medical social work is a healthcare occupation based mostly on theories and strategies of prevention and therapy in offering mental-health/healthcare companies, with a particular give attention to behavioral and bio-psychosocial issues and issues. With a quarter-million practitioners, they’re the most important group of psychological well being care suppliers within the U.S.
“The core of social work is to offer a service to the individuals, advocate towards social injustice, respecting the dignity and price of an individual, and talk the significance of human relationships all whereas training integrity and competence,” stated Frederick. “I imagine I embody frequent traits all social staff share and on the very basis is my selfless act to assist somebody in want or create a way of price in an individual as a safety measure towards psychological and behavioral sickness.”
Earlier than the Navy, the Baltimore native labored at a quick meals restaurant the place he noticed no potential for promotion. He was influenced to affix the army and work in legislation enforcement by his household; his dad and mom have been Military veterans, and his grandmother, mom and father-figure labored for the Maryland State Correctional Facility. He joined the Navy in November 2002 as a master-at-arms seaman recruit. Grasp-at-arms Sailors present safety and carry out legislation enforcement duties within the Navy, although via his naval service he discovered there was one thing else he needed to do and the Navy may assist him do it.
“After I discovered the Navy had energetic responsibility social staff, my thoughts body modified,” he stated. “I found my ardour early on in my profession after I had the prospect to be a profession counselor for the safety division.”
This led to his involvement with the Drug and Alcohol Program and the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program as he realized the significance of advocating for individuals in want. “Combining each, serving to individuals get well and having the ability to present profession assets, fueled my ambitions,” he stated.
Having gone far in his enlisted profession subject he set his sights on turning into a naval officer so he may do extra on a bigger scale and to turn out to be an energetic responsibility medical social employee. To take action he took benefit of the Medical Service Corps In-service Procurement Program (MSC-IPP). MSC IPP permits Sailors in paygrades E-5 via E-9 who meet the eligibility standards to immediately fee into the medical service corps and attend absolutely funded coaching to finish a qualifying diploma with no break in service. It gives a spread of undergraduate and graduate coaching alternatives in medical specialties.
“It was tough for me as a result of I needed to be part of the medical service corps (MSC) with no medical background nor contacts throughout the Medical Service Corps,” he stated. By his persistence he met and constructed rapport with medical officers who may assist him start working in the direction of assembly the MSC IPP necessities for commissioning.
Juggling present and future profession necessities, he was concurrently the Naval Weapons Station Seal Seashore harbor division main petty officer, interning as a group counselor at Mariposa, and attending the College of Central Florida. He stated he was in a position to overcome these challenges and preserve steadiness in his life by preserving energetic communication along with his command management, college professors, and supervisor.
“It took an amazing quantity of meticulous planning, scheduling, and learning,” he stated. “Discovering time for self-care helped me preserve a targeted thoughts and push ahead in the direction of my objective.”
To attain the mandatory levels from an associates to a masters of social work, Joshua took benefit of the Navy’s tuition help program, authorities grants and the Submit-9/11 G.I. Invoice.
His perseverance paid off and after 4 years he earned his fee. Commissioning isn’t the top of the method as his subsequent step is finishing a two-year fellowship to turn out to be a licensed medical social employee.
He credit his success partially to the assist of numerous individuals, starting along with his spouse and household. His NWS Seal Seashore command management, chief’s mess, and Sailors, and the 2017 Summer time Cohort of the College of Central Florida have been additionally encouraging. He stated many Medical Service Corps officers have been pivotal in offering mentorship and guiding him via the applying course of.
He advises different Sailors all for turning into officers to first give attention to their careers and be the very best they are often.
“Create a street map utilizing the “Sailor of the 12 months” format to create a well-rounded Sailor acting at an optimum degree,” he stated. “Study and research what you wish to be as an officer and stay targeted on the objective. Construct rapport with the officer group respectfully, and voice your objectives and aspirations each alternative you get. There are officers and enlisted Sailors who’re keen to step out of their consolation zone to offer assist, so that you have to be keen to do the identical to perform your objectives.”
|Date Posted:||06.17.2021 02:54|
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