Just been perusing the Royal Navy's official website, I have to say it's pretty misleading for the most part with pictures of Petty Officers under subsections for Medical Officers and videos for completely different job roles under the wrong section... (Who runs the bloomin' thing?!) Anyway... that stuff aside, I've just seen a role for ODP on the site. When did this change? Does anyone on here know why we're recruiting more specialised medical roles and if this is in fact the start of something of a 'golden era' for specialised healthcare roles? More to the point, now that ODP seems to have become an independent branch in it's own right (as the website suggests) just what opportunities are out there for the naval ODP beyond Argus and the hospital military units?

I ask as a Killick Chef going outside with a place already confirmed on a degree ODP course. If staying in the navy and becoming an ODP is an option then I might reconsider my current options.

Sorry for such a dull post but any info on this new branch would be appreciated.


War Hero
Student ODPs (Med Techs) must have 5 GCSE's A*-C (including maths, English & a science) & 240 UCAS points. They must also score the same as RN Medical assistant on the recruiting test.

Qualified ODPs must have 5 GCSE's A*-C (including maths, English & a science) & DipHE or Bsc in Operating Department Practice.

You are most likely to be serving at Derriford, QA or Selly Oak.

All must be between the ages of 20-36.