Army Nurse

Army Medical Service

Adaptable and dedicated Nursing care wherever the Army serves

"The Army has offered me a diverse and exciting range of opportunities."

Army nurses can find themselves working in a variety of settings. These can vary from NHS hospitals within Defence Medical Group hospital units to ground based environments such as medical regiments and field hospitals. Nursing personnel deal with a wide range of medical situations, which could involve caring for civilian and military patients in the UK to military casualties of war and conflict. Work locations vary between clinical roles, instructional positions within clinical and military training establishments and other interesting jobs such as recruiting.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide general and specialist nursing care to soldier and civilians
  • Manage daily patient case load at a Defence Medical Group Hospital
  • On operations you will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, often alongside other multi-national forces
  • You could work in modern UK hospitals or the more austere and challenging conditions of a field hospital abroad
  • Excellent continued professional development up to and beyond MSc level
  • REGISTERED NURSE

    As a Registered Nurse, you'll command a team that provides the highest standard of care. Army nursing can be tough, so we'll give you the best possible military and professional training. You can develop your skills throughout your career with further study up to and beyond MSc level, funded by us. It's not all hard work though. You'll also get to travel, take part in Adventure Training and play sports for the Army. With a competitive salary, non-contributory pension and free healthcare too, you'll get great rewards - and an amazing experience.

    Opportunities to commission as an Officer depend upon your knowledge, skills and experience. During your Army Nursing application we will advise and support you in making the right career choice for you so that you can realise your true potential.

    Training

    • Step 1 - You join the Army and complete your initial military training.
    • Step 2 - You then complete a short Transition to Military Practice Course, after which you will be assigned to a Defence Medical Group Hospital (DMG) to commence your preceptorship and rotation programme and begin life as an Army Nurse.

    Qualifications after training

    Supporting Learning and Assessment in Practice (SLAiP) will be the first formal qualification you will be required to complete. You will have the opportunity to specialise in one of a number of areas, including: Primary Health Care (to Advanced practice), Emergency Nursing (to Advanced practice), Critical Care, Burns & Plastics, Trauma & Orthopaedics, Sexual Health, General Medicine and General Surgery. Alongside this you will gain significant personal development and development.

    Golden Hello

    If you hold a recognised specialist qualification within Emergency, Intensive Care, Theatres or Burns & Plastics you may be eligible for a £20,000 bonus on completion of your military training.

     

    ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

    Age: 17 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months

    If you've got your qualifications, then apply online. Your application will be passed to our specialist team, who will help guide you through the process towards joining in this role. You will be invited to an insight course where you will be offered a career discussion to advise which role best suits you.

    STUDENT NURSE - 120 UCAS points plus 5 GCSEs Grades 9-4 (previously A-C) including Maths, English and a Science. Full entry requirements on Birmingham City University website

    BURSARY NURSE - You will have already gained your Student Nurse place, are in the process of obtaining a place through UCAS or are part way through your Student Nurse training. You are then eligible to apply for an Army Nursing Bursary.

    ADULT NURSE - You need to be registered with the NMC. You can join as a newly qualified nurse, be in your final year of training (on a course which will result in NMC registration) or join with prior nursing experience.

    FITNESS:

    Mid Thigh Pull 46kg
    Medicine Ball Throw 2.9m
    2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)

    More information about the fitness test

    STUDENT NURSE

    We also train our own nurses. You will complete a 3 year degree programme that will give you professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. You will be well supported by military and civilian University staff at the Defence School of Healthcare Education within Birmingham City University and will then be employed as a Registered Nurse by the Army. After successful completion of your Student Nurse Training you will wear the rank of Acting Corporal. Your first unit will be a Defence Hospital Unit, where you will complete a comprehensive preceptorship package to find your feet as a Registered Nurse including a post qualification rotation programme to allow you to develop in acute areas of practice. 

    Training

    • Step 1 - You join the Army as a Soldier and complete Phase 1 Training prior to starting your university course. 
    • Step 2 - Following university, you then complete a short Transition to Military Practice Course, after which you will be assigned to a Defence Medical Group Hospital (DMG) to commence your preceptorship and rotation programme and begin life as an Army Nurse.

    Bursary

    If you are already in your student nurse training or soon to embark on your Adult or Mental health pathway within the NHS with a guaranteed place you could apply for an Army Nursing Bursary.

    £5,000 for each year of training and on successful completion of your Student nursing course and Phase 1 training you will be given a lump sum of £27,000. You will then enter the Army as a Registered Nurse and be assigned to a Defence Medical Group Hospital unit, where you will receive a comprehensive preceptorship package with excellent mentorship from clinical practice educators.

    Learn about rank progression here.

     

    PAY & BENEFITS

    ADULT NURSE

    REGULAR SOLDIER

    Earn £14,931 during initial training. When you complete your military training and join your unit, your pay will rise to £32,076.

    RESERVE SOLDIER

    You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £37.47 in training and rising to £46.42 per day once you’re a Private. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you’re entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty. More about Reserve benefits

     

    REGULAR OFFICER

    You'll be on an annual salary of £26,903 during your training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, before commissioning on a minimum of £35,744 a year, depending on your experience. 

    RESERVE OFFICER

    You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £66.54 once you have passed Army Officer Selection and rising to £79.98 per day once you’ve commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you’re entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty.

     

    STUDENT NURSE

    REGULAR

    Earn £14,931 during initial training. During your time at university you will be paid up to £21,409 each year. Upon qualification and first posting your pay will rise to £32,076.

    RESERVE

    You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £37.47 in training and rising to £46.42 per day once you’re a Private. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you’re entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty. More about Reserve benefits

    FROM THE FIELD

    “The Army has offered me a diverse and exciting range of opportunities. I have worked with helicopter Aero-Medical teams providing medical support and completed survival training in the jungles of Belize. I have deployed with Medical Regiments and provided healthcare to remote tribes in Kenya. I have also had the support to develop personally and professionally – the Army are funding my training in Emergency Nursing.”

    REGISTERED NURSE

    As a Registered Nurse, you'll command a team that provides the highest standard of care. Army nursing can be tough, so we'll give you the best possible military and professional training. You can develop your skills throughout your career with further study up to and beyond MSc level, funded by us. It's not all hard work though. You'll also get to travel, take part in Adventure Training and play sports for the Army. With a competitive salary, non-contributory pension and free healthcare too, you'll get great rewards - and an amazing experience.

    Opportunities to commission as an Officer depend upon your knowledge, skills and experience. During your Army Nursing application we will advise and support you in making the right career choice for you so that you can realise your true potential.

    Training

    • Step 1 - Your military training will take place both with your Unit and at Military Training Centres located across the UK
    • Step 2  - You will then go on to Nurse specific training with your Unit. This will vary depending on your civilian qualifications and experience.

     

    ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

    Age: 17 years 9 months - 49 years 11 months

    FITNESS:

    Mid Thigh Pull 46kg
    Medicine Ball Throw 2.9m
    2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)

    More information about the fitness test

    STUDENT NURSE

    You can join the Army Reserve as a Student Nurse, however, until you complete your Nurse training and are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) you will fulfil an alternative role within the medical unit of your choice.

    PAY & BENEFITS

    ADULT NURSE

    REGULAR SOLDIER

    Earn £14,931 during initial training. When you complete your military training and join your unit, your pay will rise to £32,076.

    RESERVE SOLDIER

    You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £37.47 in training and rising to £46.42 per day once you’re a Private. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you’re entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty. More about Reserve benefits

     

    REGULAR OFFICER

    You'll be on an annual salary of £26,903 during your training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, before commissioning on a minimum of £35,744 a year, depending on your experience. 

    RESERVE OFFICER

    You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £66.54 once you have passed Army Officer Selection and rising to £79.98 per day once you’ve commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you’re entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty.

     

    STUDENT NURSE

    REGULAR

    Earn £14,931 during initial training. During your time at university you will be paid up to £21,409 each year. Upon qualification and first posting your pay will rise to £32,076.

    RESERVE

    You’ll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £37.47 in training and rising to £46.42 per day once you’re a Private. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you’re entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty. More about Reserve benefits

    FROM THE FIELD

    HOW TO APPLY?

    Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre,you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.