Joining the navy as a Medical or Dental Officer

#1
Hi everyone,

I'm unsure as to if this is the correct place to post this, but I was wondering which was better; Medical or Dental Officer?
I'm planning on joining the navy as some kind of Healthcare officer, and before I choose which course to take at university I was wondering:
1) What are the different opportunities,
2) Which would have more deployment time at sea
3) What promotion possibilities there are for each job
4) Which is more interesting

5) How bad is sexism for women in the navy haha

Thanks!!
 
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wave_dodger

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#2
Hi everyone,

I'm unsure as to if this is the correct place to post this, but I was wondering which was better; Medical or Dental Officer?
Only you can decide that. In sheer numbers, there are more Medics than Dentists make of that what you will for opportunities.....


1) What are the different opportunities,

See 4

2) Which would have more deployment time at sea

Medic's hand over fist

3) What promotion possibilities there are for each job

Promotion for Medics is partly based upon qualifications/accreditation and then latterly upon merit/selection. Up to Cdr/Consultant it's pretty much a career conveyor belt.

4) Which is more interesting

You need to read up on careers of Dentists vice Doctors. Unless you have an urge to spend most of your life in training and become a Max/Facs specialist (OMFS i think is the new term), as a Dentist you're going to be in Naval Bases, hospitals and Cdo Units, with the rare Task group deployment. Doctors, significantly larger number of modalities/specialities to branch into, and hence more opportunities.

5) How bad is sexism for women in the navy haha

I suggest no different to any other walk of life, but in reality more likely to be far less encountered given the Divisional system and Naval Discipline Act.
 
#3
Sexism in the RN? There will always be the dinosaur but the last Captain of HMS Raleigh was a female and the PMO is a female Commander doc. They've done alright!
 

Ninja_Stoker

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#4
I'd wager there's more prejudice between Doctors & Dentists with regard professional merit at civilian Medical School than there is sexism in the RN Medical Branch.

Funnily enough, my civilian academic friends, who teach Medicine, advise there's a numerical overbearing of females in the UK and that more than 50% of UK medical students do not go on to work in the NHS.

So much for equality and altruism in the care industry.
 

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