“I am Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Dylan Stuart, assigned to Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB).”
Stuart, a Revere, Mass. native and graduate of Revere High School 2010 graduate, was selected on March 26, 2019 to be meritoriously advanced in rate.
“Congratulations on such an outstanding achievement. Your hard work, dedication, and sustained superior performance are clearly shining through! I am confident that your ability to lead by example in motivating others will result in Command growth and future promotions for other Shipmates,” said Capt. Jeffrey Bitterman, NHB commanding officer.
Stuart was one of 12 to be selected Sailors – and recognized as a top performer – for the Navy’s Fiscal Year 2019 Meritorious Advancement Program (MAP) out of approximately 550 enlisted personnel.
“I was first and foremost surprised, and extremely grateful for the position my leadership put me in to get me to this point. Without them I certainly wouldn’t be able to achieve the things I have. I’m extraordinarily happy and excited,” said Stuart, leading petty officer for NHB’s Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Department.
It was Stuart’s early interest in the medical field that has led him to serving approximately six years in the Navy, with NHB his second assignment after an initial tour at Branch Health Clinic Iwakuni, Japan.
“I was interested in emergency medicine from a young age. However, when I was in high school I found myself dreading going to college. Looked into the military and after researching the hospital corpsman rate a bit, I immediately felt that was what I wanted to do. I could work in the field of medicine and serve my country at the same time. Can’t get much better,” Stuart said, noting that his most compelling assignment – so far – happened during his time in Japan.
“While stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan I was one of the lead emergency medical technician (EMT) instructors for the base EMT program. Teaching and working with students, and seeing them put their knowledge to good use to take care of our Sailors, Marines and their families was exciting,” recollected Stuart.
Although he attests that being far from home and missing a lot of major family moments can be difficult at times, he has made the most of the flip side to that.
“Traveling to locations I’ve never been is always great, but the general camaraderie between the Sailors, Marines, and other military members I’ve had the opportunity to work with is something that never gets old,” exclaimed Stuart, adding that he considers working alongside his friends and peers as the best part of his Navy career.
“It’s easy to come to work when you enjoy the people you work with,” he said, acknowledging that he continues to set and achieve goals.
“Hit a lot of personal goals recently,” he said. “I was selected for the MAP to second class petty officer, and my request to affiliate with the Navy Selected Reservists (component) was approved following my end of active obligated service in April, 2020. Following that I will be attending the Massachusetts Fire Academy in order to join the Revere Fire Department as a full time Fire Fighter/EMT. In the meantime I would like to work my way towards a degree in Fire Science,” shared Stuart.
The Navy’s surgeon general has stated that there’s a renewed emphasis on readiness and the Hospital Corps, the Navy’s only enlisted corps, will continue to rely on hospital corpsman – like Stuart – to serve in scores of environments to support the warfighter by utilizing the most advanced technology and sciences. Along with their own drive, discipline, and determination, like Stuart.
“As the leading petty officer for my department, the readiness of my Sailors specifically is a daily objective and one of my primary focuses,” said Stuart. “I assure they’re up to date with all of their training and medical readiness. I make sure they are staying in shape physically to meet and exceed Navy standards, and I emphasize in providing them as many opportunities as possible to take additional courses and training to expand their knowledge and physical readiness.”
The Navy’s MAP authorizes commanding officers to advance eligible enlisted Sailors – like Stuart – in paygrades E5 and below to the next higher paygrade, and provides the opportunity to acknowledge those personnel – like Stuart – who have demonstrated they are ready for the next level of responsibility by advancing them in rate. The program also grants greater authority to individual commands to better structure their manning levels, and overall helps the Navy by continuing to develop and reward talented Sailors, like Stuart.
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