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    im having trouble finding this info out from the website etc., also i know there are loads of medical roles in the army so does the minimum time depend on the type of army doctor/medic you are, if so, does anyone know specifics?
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    (Original post by poopcicle)
    im having trouble finding this info out from the website etc., also i know there are loads of medical roles in the army so does the minimum time depend on the type of army doctor/medic you are, if so, does anyone know specifics?
    First you get on a medical degree, then you can join army/navy/raf group there and figure out if it's for you
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    I'm sure you could contact and ask them.
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    I think 4 years in will pay for 4 years of med school in the usa.
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    (Original post by poopcicle)
    im having trouble finding this info out from the website etc., also i know there are loads of medical roles in the army so does the minimum time depend on the type of army doctor/medic you are, if so, does anyone know specifics?
    Are you talking specifically about doctor careers in the Army? Assuming you take the bursary route you are paid £10k/year for the last three years of medical school, a £45k lump sum on graduation, and then begin an 8 year short service commission. In reality, the first two years after qualification are spent working in NHS hospitals (no real military commit at all), although paid much more than NHS doctors. You then do a short course at Sandhurst before spending some time (18 months - 3 years) as a general duties medical officer (attached to a regiment wherever they might be based/sent). The Army website says you can opt out and leave "4 years from the start of officer training", which presumably refers to the Sandhurst course.

    That seems to be a slightly disingenuous option, though, as you will already be part way through your GP or hospital specialist training four years after Sandhurst. I don't know how easy it would be to actually leave at that point without repeating years training in the NHS.
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    I have an unconditional offer for medicine to begin in September. I have only just read about becoming an army doctor and being sponsored through uni etc. Does anyone know how I would go about this as it isnt very clear on the website. Also do you know what it is really like working as an army doctor, especially immediately after graduating from medical school? Any advice and information is appreciated!!
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    I have an unconditional offer for medicine to begin in September. I have only just read about becoming an army doctor and being sponsored through uni etc. Does anyone know how I would go about this as it isnt very clear on the website. Also do you know what it is really like working as an army doctor, especially immediately after graduating from medical school? Any advice and information is appreciated!!
    You're right - the website is pretty terrible!! I would give them a call. Most Army recruiting offices are geared up to deal with people joining as private soldiers and can't offer much information about officer careers. The telephone number for the RAMC recruiting team (based at Sandhurst) used to be 01276 412744, so you could try that first.

    The selection process used to be a simple 30-minute interview but (unless things have changed again in the last couple of years), you would now go through the standard Army Officer Selection Board, which is a multi-day residential process that includes short interviews, group discussions, fitness tests, etc. You wouldn't have to do this until your 2nd/3rd year at medical school and so would have plenty of time to prepare. It's actually reasonably fun, particularly if you have made sure that you're physically fit enough - the minimum requirement used to be a 1.5 mile run in 10.5 minutes.

    When you get to university, you will want to join your local Officers Training Corps. This is a local TA unit of university students (non-deployable so there will be no surprise trips to war zones...) and is a great experience even if you don't pursue the RAMC cadetship.

    In terms of life as an Army doctor, I have some insights but haven't done it myself (I was part way through the selection process when I accepted a place on the NHS foundation programme...) so will wait to see if anyone else comes along to share their wisdom. If they don't, you can quote this message and I'll share what I do know.
 
 
 
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