U.S. Navy Social Worker – Lieutenant Junior Grade Samantha PenneyOn November 10, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
Currently I work at Walter Reed Bethesda and I’m a social work intern getting my two-year clinical supervision. We do five-month rotations in different clinics. And currently I’m working in psychiatric consultation liaison services which really means that we’re working with inpatient wounded warriors and their families, and it’s very exciting and fulfilling work. Before me, the way the Navy developed social workers is they’d take them from the civilian world, commission them, and then they’d be a Navy social worker. My story was a little bit different. I went to my re-designation officer and asked if there was anything I could do for the Navy in the mental health field. And he found out that the Navy was interested in creating social workers. They trained me while I was in the Navy to be a social worker. So I’m the first one they’ve ever done that with and everybody’s following in my footsteps. There are so many benefits that come from being in the Navy. There’s financial benefits, healthcare benefits, education benefits. Part of being a social worker is you’re required to have continuing education units. And in the Navy they are offered practically nonstop and most of them free of charge. So you really can’t beat all those benefits and the availability that the Navy provides to you for your education and your continuing education. I wanted to be in the Navy since I was 13 years old. My family is very patriotic, very supportive of this country. When I told them that I wanted to be in the Navy, they couldn’t have been more proud. To know that I’m giving back to those who serve or who have served before me is very important. I’m Lieutenant JG Samantha Penny. I’m a social worker in the United States Navy. For more information, go to navy.com or find us on Facebook.