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    Hi Everyone,

    I'm a 23 y/o female and I previously qualified as a dental nurse in 2014. I have been toying with the idea of joining the RAF for a few years and applied 4 years ago, after speaking to a careers adviser I had came to the conclusion that I was not ready to commit to the RAF at 19. Now nearly 4 years on I'm re-evaluating my life I genuinely feel ready for the 12 year commitment, but I'm struggling with deciding what to do!

    I want to know if there is any military dental nurses out there who can shed light on their day to day experiences/duties to help me uncover what would fit me best, is this role based mainly in the UK medical centers with less travelling ect?

    I have researched the medic role and from what I've read it sounds like the role I am looking for with the responsibility and helping people and the sheer adrenaline with it being such a rewarding career but I am not sure if there is any progression? Could you get the opportunity to train as a medical officer?

    I'm an active person I enjoy the outdoors immensely and travelling and as weird as it may sound (as some friends seem to find it odd) that I cant just accept an average job or uni and be happy with getting drunk all weekend get a mortgage/married/kids as they all have. I want that rush of life and adrenaline from my life and to really live, and having really earned that rewarding feeling from life.

    Any info at all will be very much appreciated!!
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    (Original post by JasminR10)
    Hi Everyone,

    I'm a 23 y/o female and I previously qualified as a dental nurse in 2014. I have been toying with the idea of joining the RAF for a few years and applied 4 years ago, after speaking to a careers adviser I had came to the conclusion that I was not ready to commit to the RAF at 19. Now nearly 4 years on I'm re-evaluating my life I genuinely feel ready for the 12 year commitment, but I'm struggling with deciding what to do!

    I want to know if there is any military dental nurses out there who can shed light on their day to day experiences/duties to help me uncover what would fit me best, is this role based mainly in the UK medical centers with less travelling ect?

    I have researched the medic role and from what I've read it sounds like the role I am looking for with the responsibility and helping people and the sheer adrenaline with it being such a rewarding career but I am not sure if there is any progression? Could you get the opportunity to train as a medical officer?

    I'm an active person I enjoy the outdoors immensely and travelling and as weird as it may sound (as some friends seem to find it odd) that I cant just accept an average job or uni and be happy with getting drunk all weekend get a mortgage/married/kids as they all have. I want that rush of life and adrenaline from my life and to really live, and having really earned that rewarding feeling from life.

    Any info at all will be very much appreciated!!
    Thanks
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    It's a very small trade, and to be honest, your best bet of a real insight might be to contact your nearest/largest RAF station and ask if you could do a half day visit. If you are already qualified, I think they'd take you seriously, and you could get a very first hand look at the role.

    I think there would be no chance to train as a Medical Officer per se, they are Drs, but there is the Med Admin Branch which thought small and specialist, seemed to have to have some great opportunities. Things might have changed in recent years though, many changes in the smaller branches. I'd be bold and write a letter to the Station Dental Officer, RAF wherever is nearest you and ask for a visit.
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    (Original post by threeportdrift)
    It's a very small trade, and to be honest, your best bet of a real insight might be to contact your nearest/largest RAF station and ask if you could do a half day visit. If you are already qualified, I think they'd take you seriously, and you could get a very first hand look at the role.

    I think there would be no chance to train as a Medical Officer per se, they are Drs, but there is the Med Admin Branch which thought small and specialist, seemed to have to have some great opportunities. Things might have changed in recent years though, many changes in the smaller branches. I'd be bold and write a letter to the Station Dental Officer, RAF wherever is nearest you and ask for a visit.
    Thankyou so much for replying your advice is greatly appreciated!

    I will look into this further and hopefully come to my own conclusion on what field to apply for
 
 
 
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