Combat Medical Technician

Army Medical Service

“I do all I can for casualties.”

"I received constant encouragement from more qualified medical personnel"

Could you work on the front line, saving soldiers’ lives? Stay calm in the heat of battle and give emergency treatment? Get casualties off the battlefield as quickly and safely as possible? It isn’t easy. But if you’re brave and determined, we’ll give you the training you need, a great career and the chance to gain qualifications. Plus, you get to join our amazing team in the Army Medical Services (AMS). You’ll work under the expert guidance of doctors in medical centres, or in front-line bases, which can have difficult working conditions.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Give first aid on the battlefield.
  • Provide medical training to the Army.
  • Supply medical support on all kinds of operations and exercises.
  • Help with medical evacuations in hostile conditions.
  • Provide health education to the Army.

TRAINING FOR THE ROLE

Step 1
You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle. Your initial training will be at either Pirbright or Winchester and last for 14 weeks.


Step 2
You’ll then learn how to be a Combat Medical Technician at the DSHT during trade training. This takes 22 weeks. Trade training includes theory and practical modules, as well as clinical placements in medical centres, hospitals and ambulance trusts.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age: 16 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months

QUALIFICATIONS: GCSE Grade A*–C/9-4 in at least English Language and Maths

FITNESS:

Mid Thigh Pull 46kg
Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)

More information about the fitness test

QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING

  • Apprenticeship in Senior Healthcare Support Worker
  • Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support upon completion of the apprenticeship, awarded by C&G

RANK PROGRESSION

Learn about rank progression here.

PAY & BENEFITS

REGULAR

Earn £15,230 during training. When your Initial training is finished, and you join your unit as a Private your pay will rise to £18,859.

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

“Since completing my training, I’ve deployed on exercise in Kenya, as part of Health Outreach Clinic treatment teams. I worked in rural villages and received constant encouragement from more qualified medical personnel. In Kenya, I also took part in Adventure Training, which included white water rafting. I play sports too and train with the Corps Rugby team. The unit often organises social events and this helps with team cohesion. The senior non-commissioned officers are always willing to lend assistance. I’m currently pursuing the opportunity for a Commission, and hope to attend Sandhurst for Officer training.”

TRAINING FOR THE ROLE

Step 1
You will complete your initial training over 4 weekends at your Unit or a central location found across the UK. If it suits you better, you can condense this into a 1 week training course. 


Step 2
You will then attend a 2 week long training course at an Army Training Centre, these are located across the UK.

 

Step 3 
Once your basic soldiering training is complete, you will move on to do trade specific training with your Unit.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age: 17 years 9 months - 49 years 11 months

QUALIFICATIONS: GCSE Grade A–C/9-4 in at least English Language and Maths

FITNESS:

Mid Thigh Pull 46kg
Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)

More information about the fitness test

QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING

On successful entry into the Army Medical Services Reserve you will be eligible to apply for funding for Professional Qualifications to help you in your role with the Army Medical Services.

RANK PROGRESSION

Learn about rank progression here.

PAY & BENEFITS

REGULAR

Earn £15,230 during training. When your Initial training is finished, and you join your unit as a Private your pay will rise to £18,859.

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

“Since completing my training, I’ve deployed on exercise in Kenya, as part of Health Outreach Clinic treatment teams. I worked in rural villages and received constant encouragement from more qualified medical personnel. In Kenya, I also took part in Adventure Training, which included white water rafting. I play sports too and train with the Corps Rugby team. The unit often organises social events and this helps with team cohesion. The senior non-commissioned officers are always willing to lend assistance. I’m currently pursuing the opportunity for a Commission, and hope to attend Sandhurst for Officer training.”

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.