Career Prospects for Serving MA's - Sorry this is in the wrong category.

My husband is currently away he's an LMA on ship, back before xmas, he's only been in 5 years and doesn't know or more so isn't very good at asking about career options. He likes the idea of ODP but never seems to get round to asking about it as he is in a 1 man position and never seems to have much time. He is also very family orientated & so I'd like to ask you of the career prospects available to him so I can research them and then go and nag accordingly!

He would ideally like to leave the military, move back home and live closer to his parents & our friends & go to the rugby every weekend but with our current financial situation, this isn't going to happen any time soon!

Are there any career options worth looking at that's a sidestep from his current position that he can get into where he won't have to go away too often. A few weeks here and there training in the UK is fine, but he hates being away on ships. We have a toddler of 17 months and another baby due in January 2013.

Any idea's greatly appreciated.

Many Thanks


Put in a draft request to the MDHU nearest where you live. That will also give him more experience in secondary care, if that is more his thing.

ODPs deploy quite a lot though!


War Hero
Have to say it's a good example of how, understandably, priorities change once we settle down and have famlies.

The nature of the job will inevitably mean time away, but the wages are better than the NHS equivalent in most medical specialisations so invariably something has to be compromised.

The ODA/ODP course, from what I remember is a couple of years & whilst it may give some stability whilst on course, as AD suggests, we train them to use them, so the service wants it's pound of flesh. Can't remember whether there's a return of service after qualifying, but it wouldn't surprise me if there was a 30 month "payback" to justify the cost, before you can leave. (Definitely worth checking first).

ODP is a sought after and versatile, transferable trade which pays reasonably well in the NHS also, so possibly that's a good option, but not necessarily a short-term commitment. The best bet is to pin back his lugs and tell him to speak with his Divisional Officer & stop "faffing".

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