Applying for Cadetship to both Army and RN?

#1
All,

As described in another thread, I am strongly considering applying for a military cadetship / bursary scheme. I am torn between the Army and RN, but leaning towards the Army at this stage. Do candidates apply for both? Would each service know or ask about this, and would it be looked down upon?

Also, I have contacted each of the branches and received the official information, but the Army materials don't explicitly say that the bursary scheme pays tuition and fees. I am quite confident they do, I just wanted to check.

Many thanks
 
#2
We use the same recruiting system (TAFMIS, soon to be replaced by DRS, allegedly), so Army, RN and the RAF have visibility of duplicate applications.

Ultimately, there's only one of you, so there's not a great deal to be gained doubling your efforts or indeed recruiting costs.

RN non-tech bursaries are £1500 a year and you pay for your own educational fees.
 
#4
My thinking is that the selection criteria are different for each, and both are quite competitive. So two applications would increase likelihood of selection significantly. Am I thinking about this the wrong way?
 
#5
Ah, yes, Medical Cadetships are different. We pay them in years three, four and five for conventional medical degrees. Books & tuition fees are covered & you are paid a wage of about £20k per year for three years, pre-registration, on average.

Medical cadetships are pretty similar for RN, Army or RAF and the jobs, post registration are pretty much tri-service on the whole. Obviously RN Medical Officers are more likely to serve afloat than the other two, but ultimately it's up to you which you join as the offer is pretty much the same with regard sponsorship through med school.
 
#6
Ah, yes, Medical Cadetships are different. We pay them in years three, four and five for conventional medical degrees. Books & tuition fees are covered & you are paid a wage of about £20k per year for three years, pre-registration, on average.

Medical cadetships are pretty similar for RN, Army or RAF and the jobs, post registration are pretty much tri-service on the whole. Obviously RN Medical Officers are more likely to serve afloat than the other two, but ultimately it's up to you which you join as the offer is pretty much the same with regard sponsorship through med school.
Thanks Ninja. The Army deal has changed recently. It's now 10k for the three years and then 45k after F2 and training...and I could find no mention of covering tuition / fees. I am just a little worried that because the total amount is now 75k (although over a longer time period and after a greater demonstration of commitment) vs <60k for the RAF and RN that they are no longer paying tuition / fees, hence the question.

Also, would you think it a bad idea to apply for both RN and Army cadetships, now that you know its a medical cadetship?
 
#7
Thanks Ninja. The Army deal has changed recently. It's now 10k for the three years and then 45k after F2 and training...and I could find no mention of covering tuition / fees. I am just a little worried that because the total amount is now 75k (although over a longer time period and after a greater demonstration of commitment) vs <60k for the RAF and RN that they are no longer paying tuition / fees, hence the question.

Also, would you think it a bad idea to apply for both RN and Army cadetships, now that you know its a medical cadetship?
There's nothing stopping a dual application but, they can be paid retrospectively and I'd advise applying sequentially rather than simultaneously. Aim for the one that appeals most first.

If you give both medical specialist recruiting teams a call, you should be able to determine who gives the best offer.
 

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