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    Hi all

    I am an aspiring medical student and am researching the various cadetship/bursary options available.

    I was mainly interested in the different types of deployments in each service, both as a GDMO and later on:

    - how long are they?
    - how frequent?
    - how often can you contact loved ones back home?

    I understand the answer to all of these questions will likely be 'depends'...but any and all guidance would be much appreciated
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    Hi all

    I am an aspiring medical student and am researching the various cadetship/bursary options available.

    I was mainly interested in the different types of deployments in each service, both as a GDMO and later on:

    - how long are they?
    - how frequent?
    - how often can you contact loved ones back home?

    I understand the answer to all of these questions will likely be 'depends'...but any and all guidance would be much appreciated
    They won't be very different between the Services, personnel get sick and need medical cover at the same rate regardless of Service, and many/most medical services are tri-service when deployed.

    The frequency depends on how many wars we are fighting! But also how many overseas units eg Cyprus, Falklands etc.

    The duration varies, usually dependent on the 'comfort' of the deployment, grim places will be 3 months or 6 months, cushy places may be a year.

    You can usually contact loved ones as much as you like, internet is put in place pdq nowadays. Unless you are in the back of beyond or it's operational, your own phone will work etc. You no longer have to send a telegram!

    If you are only at the bursary hunting stage, everything will have changed by the time you are in and ready to be deployed anyway.
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    They won't be very different between the Services, personnel get sick and need medical cover at the same rate regardless of Service, and many/most medical services are tri-service when deployed.

    The frequency depends on how many wars we are fighting! But also how many overseas units eg Cyprus, Falklands etc.

    The duration varies, usually dependent on the 'comfort' of the deployment, grim places will be 3 months or 6 months, cushy places may be a year.

    You can usually contact loved ones as much as you like, internet is put in place pdq nowadays. Unless you are in the back of beyond or it's operational, your own phone will work etc. You no longer have to send a telegram!

    If you are only at the bursary hunting stage, everything will have changed by the time you are in and ready to be deployed anyway.
    Very true re: the last point.

    Any insight into how the different GDMO tours would look? It seems in the Navy you would be guaranteed a tour on a ship for 6m, whereas in the army it would be much more dependent on operational tempo?

    I would love to hear anything more you know about the differences in the services, particularly as a GDMO (as I imagine as a specialist the career paths are very similar)? Any other less tangible differences you could highlight ?
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    Oh, also, I know as a GDMO on a submarine you are very limited as to how often you can contact home. How about in the fleet navy?

    If one were to join the Navy and request serving with the Royal Marines how competitive are those spots?
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    Shameless 'bump' for anybody who knows anything at all about any of this!
 
 
 
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