Medical Assistant - Subs

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  1. Hi, I'm new on here! My other half is looking to join the subs as an ma later this year. I'm a bit worried about how much time he'll be away from me and the kids, although I'm not worried about when he's on deployment, I just don't know how much time he'll have home the rest of the time......and what he'lll be doing when not on the sub! I suppose I'm just looking for some sort of reassurance that he'll be around at least some of the time! Speaking to the AFCO it's a bit woolly!!!!!!!!!!!!!! At the moment I'm not going to be living near his training so we are trying to decide where, (if anywhere), to move to after his training finishes to make the most of the time he has with his feet on land!
  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Hi, Welcome to RR!

    If you have a look in the submariners forum you should get a fair idea of separation issues.

    Try this link:

    MA Submariners

    And this:
    Submarine FAQs
  3. Thanks for the links NS.

    I suppose what I am trying to find out is what exactly he will be doing in between times afloat - (is it called afloat on a submarine?). We have been told that he will spend time working in hospitals etc, or will he be posted to serving in field hospitals? Will he be posted away from say Faslane (or Plymouth). I've asked my OH to find out but all he says is 'doing medical stuff' (helpful as ever!).

    Obviously he wants as much contact with the kids as possible and I'm just trying to find out how to achieve this. Sorry to be a pain in the rear end!
  4. Hi Lady and welcome to RR,

    No need to panic but I can understand as you have a child involved. While he's on training, he won't get every weekend off to visit home. But that is something to think about whent he time comes.

    Pop over to RearParty, this is RR's sister site for spouses etc. The majority of member's are army wives etc but you may get the jist of how they cope without their other halves for block periods.

  5. Hi,
    My hubby is a MA(SM) and has been on V Boats so far. When they are not on a shore draft they can basically send him to any medical post that needs filling but you tend to find that due to the specialisation that comes with being MASM it will be in one of the ports that the subs are in, so therefore Fas or Guz.
    We made the decision to move to sunny Fassers when hubby was drafted up here and are in a MQ and its OK really lol.
    If you have any Q's PM me and i'll try and help or pick his brains for you.
  6. As Mrs Elvis says, because of the specialist knowledge of the MASM, they tend to be drafted into jobs where this knowledge is used. Whilst not 100% true, this pretty much guaranties either Faslane or Guzz. Faslane was very sunny this morning, ha ha.

  7. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    [quote="x4nd] Faslane was very sunny this morning, ha ha.


    Oooh, you big fibber!

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