I Am Navy Medicine: Hospitalman (Fleet Marine Force) Joshua JuJuan Young

As related to Douglas H Stutz, Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs
(As part of an ongoing series showcasing Naval Hospital Bremerton Navy Medicine doctors, nurses, hospital corpsmen and support staff)

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Hospitalman Joshua JuJuan Young, an Everett, Wash. native is a recent 2013 graduate of Sequoia High School and currently assigned to Naval Hospital Bremerton’s Endoscopy Clinic.

“As an endoscopy technician, I assist the doctors and nurses with providing outstanding medical care to our patients by performing our privileged duties in endoscopic procedures,” said Young.

Young comes from a family with a strong military background and growing up has always been intrigued to provide care to those in need which directly lead him to become a Navy hospital corpsman.

“I’ve always wanted to help those I see hurt, and I come from a proud legacy of military members in the family. My father was in the Army for 30 years. I wanted to do something harder than what he did, so I wanted to be with the Marines and still help those sick and injured. It was the proud, tough, rich history of the Hospital Corps caught my attention,” explained Young.

Young attests that his current job directly helps to impact the Navy Medicine priority missions of Readiness and Health.

“By assisting our providers, we are helping reduce the risk of colon cancer and gastrointestinal problems in our active duty, retired heroes, and their dependents. We help by saving or extending lives, future hospital visits and costly procedures,” said Young. “I believe by doing what we need to do, we can make sure the dependents and veterans who came before us are healthy and good to go knowing Navy Medicine was their first choice. We will always ensure our active duty population will be fully medically ready within our capabilities and scope of practice.”

When asked what he considered to be the most rewarding aspect of his job, Young replied it’s a combination of several things.

“The ability to continually learn something new and also help those around me is gratifying. We are one team and have one fight,” Young said.

Young counts that his significant milestones to this point are continuing to hone his chosen corpsman craft by learning the workings of his clinic, and being presented the Enlisted Fleet Marine Force (FMF) Warfare Specialist device he earned while being assigned to Headquarters Regiment, Third Marine Logistics Group, Camp Kinser, Okinawa.

Ask those who have obtained their FMF pin and they will tell you that it is not easy. Young is no exception. He admits it was a difficult challenge, but one he took on and readily accomplished.

“There was a lot of information. Without the help of a great motivator, HM3 Blessing Ikedi, I wouldn’t have been able to push through (and make) it. What is most gratifying about earning the pin is knowing that I am now a part of a special breed of corpsmen called ‘doc’ by the Marines,” acknowledged Young.

Young advocates that for those following in his footsteps, a person needs to be motivated and determined to study.

“Once started do not to let up until completed,” said Young, citing that the end result is being recognized by those in the field as someone to rely upon when needed.

“It can be hard to get motivated and keep studying. Make this a priority when you go on the ‘greenside’ with the Marines. Never take the lazy route. When the Marines are training, do it with them. Even if you have a Corpsman Safety Vehicle, walk/run with your Marines. Prove your worth to them, and they’ll prove why you can have no better friend than a United States Marine. The more efficient, confident and capable you are with your job as a corpsmen assigned with the Marines that will make the term ‘doc’ meaningful to you. But if any Marine says, ‘hey doc watch this,’ walk away…,” shared Young.

“If I could sum up my experience with Navy Medicine in one sentence, since most of my experience has been on the greenside, the only way to describe the awesomeness is, ‘Ooorah!’” added Young.

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