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I have been planning on applying for the RAF medical bursary and just had a few questions about the role . Firstly, during your foundation and specialisation training are you only working in millitary hospitals or do you also have a chance of working abroad/ on deployments . And also on average how often would a doctor in the RAF be expected to go on deployments.
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Original post by saif12346789
I have been planning on applying for the RAF medical bursary and just had a few questions about the role . Firstly, during your foundation and specialisation training are you only working in millitary hospitals or do you also have a chance of working abroad/ on deployments . And also on average how often would a doctor in the RAF be expected to go on deployments.


@Medpapa just saw your reimbursement post on the other thread and remembered this unanswered thread. Dont know which branch you were but perhaps there are some general points or insight you can provide ?

Good luck with your application OP.
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Original post by saif12346789
I have been planning on applying for the RAF medical bursary and just had a few questions about the role . Firstly, during your foundation and specialisation training are you only working in millitary hospitals or do you also have a chance of working abroad/ on deployments . And also on average how often would a doctor in the RAF be expected to go on deployments.


It wasn't the RAF, but I emailed the Royal Navy Recruitment Office based in London and they told me that you only go on deployment following the completion of your training at Britannia Naval College (for the RAF I assume it's RAF Cranwell), which is after the foundation years.

This is per the RAF Recruitment Office:

"As it states on the role page on the RAF Recruitment website, once you've completed all of your training then you could be posted anywhere the RAF has a station, this could be anywhere in the UK or around the world. You're posted every 2-4 years, so you'll move stations and jobs each time.

However, if you're talking about deployments then that will be wherever the RAF needs you to go (or the MOD, you can work alongside your Army and Navy colleagues too) anywhere in the world. You'll be advised beforehand, but you're not going to know now. Deployment is different to posting. Posting is 2-4 years, deployment will be for up to 4-6 months."

I'd assume that deployment for the RAF is less common in comparison to the Royal Navy.

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