Medical Assistant - possible career

robbo9

Midshipman
hello all,

i recenlty emailed the AFCO about my colour vision and asked what jobs were open to me, the medical assistant job was the only one that was to any interest to me.
i was wondering if anyone could tell what the job is all about, and how much ship time i would get, also how easy is it to become a PTI in this branch?
what are medical assistant normally like? also simply is it a good job?

thanks

robbo
 

slim

War Hero
When I was in the RN many years ago medical assistants liked sailors.
Was a good job though, they never seemed to have to go on divisions or do ships duties. All the cleaning of the sick bay was done by the inmates. Lot of them seemed to be gay though.
 
Robbo youre here again, MA must be the only branch you havent asked about, go and read all your postings, have`nt you asked about PTIs before, before you were told to pi55 off?
 

slim

War Hero
higthepig said:
Robbo youre here again, MA must be the only branch you havent asked about, go and read all your postings, have`nt you asked about PTIs before, before you were told to pi55 off?

Come on Hig your been a bit hard on the guy. Don't forget he's going to be new navy.
What you should have said was "pi55 off please!"
 

robbo9

Midshipman
thank you, so any good advice, oh and y the way the reason i have asked this is ebcasue all the the rjobs were off bounds to me becasue of my colour blindness
 
I think MA sounds like a great trade to be in. Everyone at the AFCO presumed i was going to do that because i always had to go while i was still in work uniform. Only reason that one wasn't on my list is because the NHS has given me my fill of medical experience. Had i not ever worked in the NHS, i'd have loved to be a MA. I think you will learn a lot of interesting things, but i'm not sure how much ship time you get.
 
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angrydoc

Guest
You're asking about two different careers - MA and PTI. If you want to be a PTI then I'd caution against entering as an MA. Whilst you can branch transfer, MAs get quite an extensive education package and therefore financial investment by the RN. If you are thinking about branch transferring before you even join then the bean counters won't be all that willing to shell out for your training.

I'm sure there are some MAs here who could enlighten further...
 

jess

Newbie
i'm going in as an MA i start basic april 15th but are there many opportunities to work on ship and is it a practical job. :p
 
Many moons ago, the Medical Branch probably attracted more the average number of gays. This probably related directly to the job; being able to be close to young men when they were vulnerable. It could also have related to the uniform; fore and aft rig is smarter than "milk churn". However, all that was a long time ago and the Medical Branch of today is much like any other in its mix of gender and sexual orientation. What the Branch does have is an ethos of care for the sick and injured, which it always had. Pay no attention to salty tales; I met some awful MA's, but I also met some truly awful Jack Dustys, Chefs, Stokers, etc. Also remember that MA's serve everywhere; Shore, Fleet, Submarines, Royal Marines, Fleet Air Arm etc.
 
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