Radiographer

Army Medical Service

“I’m vital to my medical team.”

"The skills, qualifications and experience I have gained are invaluable and will last a lifetime.”

As an Army Radiographer, you’ll help to keep our soldiers and their families fit and healthy by carrying out scans and x-rays using modern medical equipment. You'll work in a range of environments, from large medical centres on Army bases and in intensive care units or emergency departments to field hospitals on operations abroad. You don't need to have a background in medicine – we’ll fund your professional training and teach you everything you need to know about being a radiographer and a soldier.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Get a fully recognised civilian qualification in Diagnostic Radiography.
  • Help military medical teams diagnose and treat casualties worldwide.
  • Work independently in a high-profile and important role.
  • Learn and gain valuable management and leadership skills on top of your clinical role.

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 take a three-year BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography degree at Birmingham City University. You will also be assigned to a Defence Medical Group Hospital where you will put your classroom-based learning to good, practical use. If you are already qualified as a Radiographer, you'll move straight to your new role with your unit.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age: 17 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months

QUALIFICATIONS: 

STUDENT

  • Five GCSEs Grade A–C/9-4 in at least English Language, Maths and two sciences
  • 120 UCAS Points
  • You must pass specialist Army Radiography selection

QUALIFIED

  • BSc (Hons) in Diagnostic Radiography or equivalent with active HCPC registration. You could also be at the point of completing your Radiography training with a recognised establishment.

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

Army Radiographers have the potential to gain postgraduate qualifications throughout their career in areas such as Computed Tomography.

RANK PROGRESSION

Learn about rank progression here.

PAY & BENEFITS

REGULAR

Earn £14,931 during training. When your training is finished, and you join your Unit, pay will rise to £21,657.

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

“A career as an Army Radiographer offers an extremely challenging and rewarding role, with ample opportunity for career development and deployment. I gained a number of military and civilian qualifications not directly related to my primary role as a Radiographer. The skills, qualifications and experience I have gained while serving in the British Army are invaluable and will last a lifetime.”

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: 18 years - 49 years 11 months

QUALIFICATIONS: 

Five GCSEs Grade A–C/9-4 in at least English Language, Maths and two sciences

120 UCAS Points

You must pass specialist Army Radiography selection

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 £14,931 during training. When your training is finished, and you join your Unit, pay will rise to £21,657.

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.