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    Hey guys I want to be an RN MA. I am going to the Army and RN office for a talk tomorrow but I want to know a few things before then! =D

    I hear that RN MAs get sent to Afgan? is this true? on the front lines?
    Where would I be put when I become an MA and not on a ship?

    I am also looking at the Army but not done a lot of information about them.
    Do they have an MA or equal in the Army? Shorter waiting list?

    I think I would say I am after combat! Royal Navy is my First choose! I think and my best!

    thanks guys sorry if I seem illinformed I am not just clarified!

    Thanks again!
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    (Original post by Danny299)
    I think I would say I am after combat!
    Really?

    You'll want to be careful how you put that, or you won't get past the first interview.
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    (Original post by Danny299)
    Hey guys I want to be an RN MA. I am going to the Army and RN office for a talk tomorrow but I want to know a few things before then! =D

    I hear that RN MAs get sent to Afgan? is this true? on the front lines?
    Where would I be put when I become an MA and not on a ship?

    I am also looking at the Army but not done a lot of information about them.
    Do they have an MA or equal in the Army? Shorter waiting list?

    I think I would say I am after combat! Royal Navy is my First choose! I think and my best!

    thanks guys sorry if I seem illinformed I am not just clarified!

    Thanks again!
    I assume you mean Medical Assistant?

    Everyone gets trained to use a rifle, but I doubt you'd get much opportunity to use it. Unless you join the Marines you are unlikely to close with and kill the enemy in the Navy, sorry.

    As a medical assistant you will spend your time in hospitals or medical centres in Kandahar/ Bastion. You won't have the training to go into "Combat" as it were.

    HTH
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    if your unlucky you might get sent to a forward operating base but that's about it.

    Also your male. There's a good chance youll end up a submariner if medically fit due to over feminisation of the branch and high number of MA's needed in the submarine service. At least there's good advancement prospects due to that.
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    Well spoke to them today. He said that they are been sent out to Afgan, as I have heard from the news MAs are on the front line with the RM and Army.

    I would think that I have to talk to them again and ask more questions! thanks anyway!
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    On of my best mates is a Royal Navy MA, and he's off to an outpost in afghanistan this week to do med cover for the marines for 6 months. It depends on who you end up working with when you finish your trade training as a medic which will influence where you may end up working operationally. Could be a sick bay on a ship, in a sub, in the hospitals in bastion, a sick bay on a land establishment or you could end up at one of the hospitals here, like QEH in Brum or Hedley Court. You can put in a preference at the end of your training for where you want to go but in the end, its the military, they could put you anywhere if they need you there.

    Of course the army have a similar role, combat medical technician, again they work in a variety of places, including field hospitals, out on the ground, in armoured ambulances and so on. The RAF also have their own medics, again, it will be specialised to how they do their business, but theres the potential to train for aircrew once youre experienced enough which could include working on helicopters doing stuff such as MERT in Afghanistan or on CCAST bringing back the wounded from Afghan, however these jobs are very popular so its competitive getting into them.
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    If you want combat join an infantary unit.

    Although yes medics do get attached to infantary units, and navy MA's usually get attached to the marines, however i'm not sure if you have to do the all arms commando course first? :dontknow:. I know chaplins/padres do.

    Again, I doubt you be directly on the front line (if you can define front line these days), however if you are part of an attachment, you will go on patrols with the infantary unit and may get caught up in combat. However most infantary units have their own med trained soldiers for combat missions (not patrols), and proper medics usually follow in infantary supports units. I think!
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    (Original post by U.S Lecce)
    If you want combat join an infantary unit.

    Although yes medics do get attached to infantary units, and navy MA's usually get attached to the marines, however i'm not sure if you have to do the all arms commando course first? :dontknow:. I know chaplins/padres do.

    Again, I doubt you be directly on the front line (if you can define front line these days), however if you are part of an attachment, you will go on patrols with the infantary unit and may get caught up in combat. However most infantary units have their own med trained soldiers for combat missions (not patrols), and proper medics usually follow in infantary supports units. I think!
    They don't have to do the cdo course, however they give you the opportunity to do it, my friend is planning on doing it when he returns.

    In Afghan at least, there is no real front line, and medics go out on the ground with patrols at times. Units on the ground do have lads who are team medics, who have been taught battlefield first aid and carry equipment to keep people alive till more experienced help arrives. As a medic working with a front line unit part of the job is ensuring these team medics are adequately trained and are singing off the same song sheet. If a unit is going on a fighting patrol then its likely as Leece says that you will be a tactical bound behind them, with whats called a company aid post, ready to receive casualties. Just a point to note, you will be expected to treat enemy casualties too, to the same level you would trat your own.
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    as has been said there are male only MA berths in the submarine service, there are Cdo roled MA roles and in the whole world of purple and jointery there are matelots and crabs doing 'army' things
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    (Original post by Danny299)
    I think I would say I am after combat!
    No your not. Glory left war behind about 200 years ago.
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    MAs regularly deploy in support of RN units (like the Marines) to Afghanistan. This is something you can ask to do through your Chain of command.

    In addition the Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines (the people who provide detachments of ships for anti-piracy operations and so on) have 'P' Squadron who are all RN rather than RM personnel.
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    If you are mostly interested in an Army medic role then join the Army as a combat med tech (CMT).

    However RN MAs certainly do deploy to front line FOBs with the Royal Marines and sometimes with Army units.

    The link below is about Kate Nesbitt a female RN MA who was awarded the Military Cross for service in Afghanistan. She was serving with the Rifles as was another mate of mine.


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Nesbitt
 
 
 
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