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I have a few questions about being an army medic.

1. Can you do the equivalent of FY1 and FY2 in the RAMC and are these equivalent if you decided to come out of the army after 3 or 5 years?

2. Is there as broad a range of specialities as in the nhs and again are these equivalent to the specialist training programmes in the nhs?

3. Apart from the obvious differences between the army and nhs, are there specific advantages/disadvantages between doing your training in the army and the nhs in respect to the actual training you get?

I don't find the army website is very good at being specific and just gives the same old jargon about opportunity but doesn't really say much about what the opportunities are.


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1. In the army you will do your FY1/2 as a civilian would. You will undertake this in a MDHU (MoD Hospital Unit) which caters for civilians and servicemen (there will be civilian doctors there doing the same job as you). After that you will become a General Duties Medical Officer for a year or two (they are thinking of expanding it) and then you will start your specialist training, and yes that is NHS transferable.
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2. Is there as broad a range of specialities as in the nhs and again are these equivalent to the specialist training programmes in the nhs?
If I remember correctly, during a talk I heard, choosing a specialty in the military can be more about what they need rather than what you want to do. I am not certain on this though so it might be worth confirming
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If I remember correctly, during a talk I heard, choosing a specialty in the military can be more about what they need rather than what you want to do. I am not certain on this though so it might be worth confirming
O right. That's not really great is it. It's so difficult to find out anything from army careers. They just want you to be a soldier.


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If I remember correctly, during a talk I heard, choosing a specialty in the military can be more about what they need rather than what you want to do. I am not certain on this though so it might be worth confirming
That's similar to mainstream training though. You're not going to become a cardiothoracic trainee if there are no training posts, no matter how much you want it. Having said that, the military is slightly more limited in what trainees it needs but ultimately it needs trainees in pretty much everything.
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Ye I suppose so. I just wouldnt like to be forced into doing what someone else wanted me to do but I can't imagine it would be like that.

Is there many people that have transferred from the army to the nhs? And if so is it a smooth transition or is it difficult and not done very often?


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Ye I suppose so. I just wouldnt like to be forced into doing what someone else wanted me to do but I can't imagine it would be like that.

Is there many people that have transferred from the army to the nhs? And if so is it a smooth transition or is it difficult and not done very often?
Loads of people transfer from full time military to mainstream NHS at various stages of their careers. The training is essentially identical and in similar venues so once you've left the military apply for an NHS post just as any other doctor at the same level in their career would.
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