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Medical cadetship

DazedAndAmused

Midshipman
Hi all,

I am an intercalating medical student who has just put an application in for the Army and RN medical cadetship. I have perused the various forums looking for info on the topic. Whilst that has been helpful, I know things change year to year, so would appreciate any current advice.

I applied to both forces as I am not sure which culture I like more. I am in the UOTC so fairly familiar with the Army's way of doing things, but I find the RN culture, being at sea etc very alluring. Another big reason for applying to both is the issue of specialties. Since one would commission for 6 years minimum, I want to make sure I get best shot at the specialty I would like. On another thread, I read that the RN really only have openings for GP, EM and anaesthetics. I am seriously considering surgery, and it seems as though the Army may have more spots for that. Is this true? What happens if you are dead set on a specialty that the RN can't offer you that year? Would you be forced to train in a specialty you have no interest in pursuing?

These are my main questions. I am sure as I post this, more will come to me, but appreciate anyone in the know helping me out.

All the best,

A
 

Alfacharlie

War Hero
Hi all,

I am an intercalating medical student who has just put an application in for the Army and RN medical cadetship. I have perused the various forums looking for info on the topic. Whilst that has been helpful, I know things change year to year, so would appreciate any current advice.

I applied to both forces as I am not sure which culture I like more. I am in the UOTC so fairly familiar with the Army's way of doing things, but I find the RN culture, being at sea etc very alluring. Another big reason for applying to both is the issue of specialties. Since one would commission for 6 years minimum, I want to make sure I get best shot at the specialty I would like. On another thread, I read that the RN really only have openings for GP, EM and anaesthetics. I am seriously considering surgery, and it seems as though the Army may have more spots for that. Is this true? What happens if you are dead set on a specialty that the RN can't offer you that year? Would you be forced to train in a specialty you have no interest in pursuing?

These are my main questions. I am sure as I post this, more will come to me, but appreciate anyone in the know helping me out.

All the best,

A
No idea, but, all the best though.

I’d say Navy.
Good luck though pal.
 

LifebuoyGhost

Lantern Swinger
“but I find the RN culture, being at sea etc very alluring.”

And it gets even better when you get alongside in them there foreign dens of iniquity ;)
 
Speciality recruitment is a lottery from year to year, and “trades” can and do happen.

From what I’ve seen, RN GDMOs “do” more, and there’s less b*llshit.
 

DazedAndAmused

Midshipman
Speciality recruitment is a lottery from year to year, and “trades” can and do happen.

From what I’ve seen, RN GDMOs “do” more, and there’s less b*llshit.
I guess this must have to do with the daunting responsibility of being the sole MO on a ship. Must be quite the learning curve.

On the topic of trades, is there the possibility of transferring to the Army if the Navy don't offer you a training spot in preferred specialty?
 
I guess this must have to do with the daunting responsibility of being the sole MO on a ship. Must be quite the learning curve.

On the topic of trades, is there the possibility of transferring to the Army if the Navy don't offer you a training spot in preferred specialty?
I know MOs from all 3 Services who've started in one colour uniform and finished in another.

However, there are moves afoot to effectively career manage MOs as one cohort, rather than by Service. This is not necessarily a popular move.

I can't find the Recruitment Guide to Speciality Training, but IIRC, there's always a surgical space or half-dozen for the RN.
 

DazedAndAmused

Midshipman
I know MOs from all 3 Services who've started in one colour uniform and finished in another.

However, there are moves afoot to effectively career manage MOs as one cohort, rather than by Service. This is not necessarily a popular move.

I can't find the Recruitment Guide to Speciality Training, but IIRC, there's always a surgical space or half-dozen for the RN.
I'd rather do the GDMO years with the Navy, so that's good to know!
 

slim

War Hero
I have been out of the service for over 35 years now but when I was serving I found RN docs to be excellent.
The MO on a ship probably has far more responsibility than any GP or most hospital doctor.
Plus you get the chance to cure some of the nasties that sailors will always contract on foreign runs ashore, though you may possibly find that you have a PO scablifter on board who is already very proficient at doing that.
Possibly a case of watch & learn :)
 
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