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.
 
#5
Happy New Year all,
I'm new on here.. just registered to try to get a bit more info. I am going through the application process at present ( early days) to join as a Dental Officer. So the information above has been useful for me. I am wondering does anyone have any juicy info or opinions on what will happen with the Dental Force regarding DMS 2020 plan? The most recent stats I can find on-line indicate that the dental recruitment was at 115% of its target in 2016. Although I have had positive contact with the Navy recruitment I am wondering what are the realistic 'career' Navy Dental Officer opportunities available. I am looking for 20yrs Job security!!!! Does this exist anymore within the Navy as a Dental Officer?
I will pester the medical Recruitment officer when he gets back to work next week.. but I would value any word of mouth advice in here.
Thanks all
 
#6
I am wondering what are the realistic 'career' Navy Dental Officer opportunities available. I am looking for 20yrs Job security!!!! Does this exist anymore within the Navy as a Dental Officer?
The RN is currently under strength and not recruiting nor retaining sufficiently. We don't predict that will magically change in the next 10-20 years. 1SL has repeatedly stressed to MoD and HMT that we need to be allowed to increase our headcount by 3-5000, for a wide number of reasons.

I'd assess job security as being better than most civilian opportunities.
 
#7
Thanks for your reply..
Been up the walls so slow to get back on here. Well I'm booked for my recruitment test so better start working on Psychometric testing!! Shapes and patterns not being a strong point! Have a book arriving from Amazon tomorrow. Howtobecome.com book.

Anyway, more importantly, I have been wondering about retirement!! Yes even before I get through selection. Problem is, I am 43 as of couple of weeks ago! I really want to get as many years paid into a Navy pension as possible, as I more or don't have a pot to ….. in at my late stage of life! I will die a slow death if I worked in a high street dental environment so am very serious about following my dream!

Can you tell me anything about retirement age for a DO? I am assuming I would get to 60 out of it?!! I would really like to get to 65! My Fiancée is 21 and so we will start a family in 5 or 6 years time. Basically, I cant be retiring at 60! I don't really want to have to leave at 60 and start working for some dental corporate ( I'm too good for that ;-) ) So what do you think? What is the oldest a DO can stay in the service for?
Thanks again for you time and any answers....
I will get down for an acquaint visit in due course and so will ask a Do as I cant get a confirmed answer on the interwebs or RO.
Cheers
 

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