NMETC Uses Social Media to Help Sailors Advance

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Story Number: NNS140717-26Release Date: 7/17/2014 8:31:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) Bruce Cummins, Navy Medicine Education and Training Command Public Affairs

BETHESDA, Md. (NNS) -- Navy Medicine Education and Training Command (NMETC) announced July 17 the development of a globally accessible social media page to help hospital corpsman studying for upcoming advancement exams.

NMETC M7 Skills Manager Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (FMF/SW) Mitchell Murphy spearheaded the group effort, spending numerous off-duty hours building the NMETC Enlisted Advancement Program Facebook page, something he said represents a different method of disseminating study material for members of the largest rating in the United States Navy.

"We post daily advancement tools, resources, study tips and exam preparation questions for Hospital Corpsman preparing for the upcoming advancement exams," he said. "I hope this can challenge Sailors on a daily basis to develop good study habits through gaining access to accurate advancement materials."

Using social media to provide a different training outlet for the nearly 14,000 Corpsmen eligible to take an advancement examination represents a shift in the way NMETC, Navy Medicine and the Navy are communicating. The NMETC Enlisted Advancement Program Facebook page is accessible by typing "Navy Medicine Education and Training Command Enlisted Advancement Program."

Along with being a centralized location for Corpsmen seeking advancement information, Murphy said one of the most important aspects of the page is the daily question he or one of the four other page administrators post.

"Nearly everyone has access to Facebook, whether on their mobile phone, tablet or computer," he said. "When someone 'likes' the NMETC Enlisted Advancement Program page, these posts will automatically show up. The questions, which have been taken from previous exams, are brought to the individual."

NMETC is the sole point of accountability for formal Navy Medicine education and training services, and is part of the Navy Medicine team, a global health care network of Navy medical professionals around the world who provide high-quality health care to more than one million eligible beneficiaries. Navy Medicine personnel deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide, providing critical mission support aboard ships, in the air, under the sea and on the battlefield.

For more news from Navy Medicine Education and Training Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/nmsc/.

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