Was it a mistake to apply to be a rating?

#1
I know that, with only 2 weeks to go before Raleigh, I'm asking this question incredibly late. However, I didn't think to ask it here before now.

I've completed the application process to enter as a MA(SM) and I go for basic training in a couple of weeks. When I was going through the application process it was suggested several times that I go in as an officer, the problem was that, because I was doing a degree in Biochemistry the AFCO said that it didn't sound medical enough (even though it's very similar to Biomedical Science) for me to apply for a medical officer position but other officer positions could be applied for with a degree in Biochem.

In the end I stuck to my original decision and applied to be a MA(SM) because the job is something I really want to do. When I went on the RNAC I was again asked why I didn't apply for direct officer entry, in fact, I was told by one person, in no uncertain terms, to go back to my AFCO and reapply to be an officer.

From what I currently know, what I'm currently doing seems like the right course of action, I'm just concerned there's some significant fact I've missed.
 
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angrydoc

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#2
To be a Medical Officer, you need a medical degree (as in Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery) - nothing else will do I'm afraid.
 

malspal

Lantern Swinger
#3
SRT1 said:
I know that, with only 2 weeks to go before Raleigh, I'm asking this question incredibly late. However, I didn't think to ask it here before now.

I've completed the application process to enter as a MA(SM) and I go for basic training in a couple of weeks. When I was going through the application process it was suggested several times that I go in as an officer, the problem was that, because I was doing a degree in Biochemistry the AFCO said that it didn't sound medical enough (even though it's very similar to Biomedical Science) for me to apply for a medical officer position but other officer positions could be applied for with a degree in Biochem.

In the end I stuck to my original decision and applied to be a MA(SM) because the job is something I really want to do. When I went on the RNAC I was again asked why I didn't apply for direct officer entry, in fact, I was told by one person, in no uncertain terms, to go back to my AFCO and reapply to be an officer.

From what I currently know, what I'm currently doing seems like the right course of action, I'm just concerned there's some significant fact I've missed.
Go with your gut feeling, if it is what you want to do then do it
 

malspal

Lantern Swinger
#4
angrydoc said:
To be a Medical Officer, you need a medical degree (as in Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery) - nothing else will do I'm afraid.
Does the Navy have a university entrance scheme for MO's
 
#5
angrydoc said:
To be a Medical Officer, you need a medical degree (as in Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery) - nothing else will do I'm afraid.
Thank you for definitely ruling out Medical Officer. It seemed more like they wanted medical sounding degrees when I was looking into the possibility.

Thanks for the reassurance Malspal.
 
#6
malspal said:
angrydoc said:
To be a Medical Officer, you need a medical degree (as in Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery) - nothing else will do I'm afraid.
Does the Navy have a university entrance scheme for MO's
I'm not doing another few years at Uni. Even with the bursaries you can get my bank balance still couldn't take it.
 
#8
NZ_Bootneck said:
angrydoc said:
To be a Medical Officer, you need a medical degree (as in Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery) - nothing else will do I'm afraid.
So my application is bound to fail with just my St John Ambulance Workplace First Aider certificate as the sum total of my Medical Studies?!!!
Elitism at it's very worst IMO! :twisted:
I bet that few could top you for your knowledge on the Anatomy & Physiology of the female form :wink:
 
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