Medical Support Officer

Army Medical Service

Be the linchpin in battlefield medical operations

"I don’t believe this would have been possible in another role – I’ve been exceptionally lucky!"

On the battlefield, casualties have to be evacuated and get the best medical treatment as soon as possible. As a Medical Support Officer, you'll provide the leadership, healthcare management and planning that this kind of challenge demands. You don’t need any medical qualifications and you won’t be a hands-on medic. Instead, you’ll provide a command and control function, guiding and co-ordinating teams, so they perform at their best – and save lives.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Command, lead and manage a multi-disciplinary medical team.
  • Provide medical evacuation advice to Infantry and Armoured Corps commanders.
  • Plan, deliver and maintain medical provision on exercise and on operations.

TRAINING FOR THE ROLE

Step 1
First, you’ll do the 44-week Regular Commissioning Course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst


Step 2
You will commission from Sandhurst as a Second Lieutenant and go on to complete the Army Medical Services Entry Officers' Course and the Medical Troop Commanders Course. Upon your first posting you will have the opportunity to complete Strategic Medical Planning Courses to add to your professional portfolio.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age: 17 years 9 months - 28 years 11 months

QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum of 72 UCAS points

 

35 ALIS points at GCSE (Minimum grade C/4 in English, Maths and Science or a Foreign Language)

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

As a Medical Support Officer you will have considerable opportunity to further your professional development. You will be able to study Higher Education and University courses in relevant healthcare topics in order to improve your understanding of medical management.

RANK PROGRESSION

Learn about rank progression here.

PAY & BENEFITS

REGULAR

You'll earn £26,504 during your year of training at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, before commissioning and becoming a Second Lieutenant, on £31,857 a year.

RESERVE

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.

FROM THE FIELD

“I’ve been a Medical Troop Commander for six months. In that time, I’ve completed a large-scale exercise in Canada and deployed on operations as part of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. I’ve guided the President of Sierra Leone, former Prime Minister Tony Blair, an EU delegation and countless media representatives around my site, explaining what we do. I’ve also worked with soldiers from different backgrounds in the UK and Sierra Leone as well as Ministry of Health workers. I don’t believe this would have been possible in another role – I’ve been exceptionally lucky!” – Lieutenant Phillips

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 - 48 years 11 months

QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum of 72 UCAS points

 

35 ALIS points at GCSE (Minimum grade C/4 in English, Maths and Science or a Foreign Language)

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

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

You'll earn £26,504 during your year of training at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, before commissioning and becoming a Second Lieutenant, on £31,857 a year.

RESERVE

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.

FROM THE FIELD

HOW TO APPLY?

Once your online application has been approved, you'll have an interview with a recruiter, who will talk to you about the corps that you would like to join. You'll have the chance to learn more about your chosen corps, although you won't make your final decision until you're in training at Sandhurst.