Environmental Health Officer

Army Medical Service

This is available as a full time Army role.
This is available as a part time Army role.

ON OPERATIONS, MY JOB CAN BE CHALLENGING

Keeping our troops safe and well wherever they are is a big job. As an Environmental Health Officer, you’ll use your expertise to advise commanders, both on operations and on bases, on everything from accommodation and sanitation, to food safety and pollution control. In fact, you’ll cover many of the same areas as a civilian Environmental Health Officer. The difference is that you’ll face a whole different set of challenges when applying your knowledge in harsh or hostile environments. You’ll need to think innovatively to solve problems – but thanks to first-class Army training, you’ll have all the skills required.

Training For The Role

Step 1
Having successfully completed the Army Officer Selection process and Army Environmental Health Officer interview; you will be awarded a place on the Commissioning Course Short at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. You are taught basic military, survival and weapon handling skills alongside other professionally-qualified officers. The training is designed to prepare you for military life. On completion of the course you will awarded a commission into the Army Medical Services.

Step 2
You will then attend the Army Medical Services Entry Officers' Course (EOC), which provides you with the specific knowledge required to begin your career as an Environmental Health Officer. You will then be based in the UK for up to 12 months whilst you are sent on short placements to environmental health teams in preparation for your first assignment.

Entry Requirements

Age: 17 years 9 months - 33 years 11 months
Qualifications:

BSc or MSc in Environmental Health

Membership of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health or member of the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (or working towards such professional qualification)

Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 76kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 10m 15s (multistage fitness test)
More information about the fitness test

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

All Environmental Health Officers can gain postgraduate qualifications throughout their career and you may also have the opportunity to study at MSc level.

Rank Progression

 Learn about rank progression here.

Pay and Benefits

From the Field

"Since completing my training I have travelled all over the world, supporting Medical Regiments in challenging environments. I really enjoy my job, it's so different to anything I could have done as a civilian working in environmental health. I've also have the opportunity to go skiing and represent the Army Medical Services in hockey."

HOW TO APPLY

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'll need to pass a specialist skills interview to check that your skills are in line with our needs.

Training For The Role

Step 1
You will complete two 2-week courses at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to form the basis of your military training.

Step 2
Your trade specific training will depend on your civilian qualifications and experience.

Entry Requirements

Age: 18 years - 49 years 11 months
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 76kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 10m 15s (multistage fitness test)
More information about the fitness test
Qualifications: BSc or MSc in Environmental Health. Membership of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health or member of the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (or working towards such professional qualification)

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.

Pay and Benefits

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.

More about Reserve benefits

From the Field

"Since completing my training I have travelled all over the world, supporting Medical Regiments in challenging environments. I really enjoy my job, it's so different to anything I could have done as a civilian working in environmental health. I've also have the opportunity to go skiing and represent the Army Medical Services in hockey."

HOW TO APPLY

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'll need to pass a specialist skills interview to check that your skills are in line with our needs.

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