C.M.T - Do you get trigger time?

#1
Alright guys

Couple of questions about being a Combat Medical Technician.

1. Do you get to see action? Are you on the front line with your squad? Or sat behind essentially waiting for a 999 call?

2. Would I be a qualified paramedic after four years? That's what I'd be looking to do.

Cheers lads.
 
#2
From what I can gather, it all depends on what rank and level of CMT you are as to how you deploy and no, you wouldn't me a qualified paramedic.

Others know a lot more about the trade, I'm sure you';; get more detailed answers from them.
 
#3
little_bean said:
From what I can gather, it all depends on what rank and level of CMT you are as to how you deploy and no, you wouldn't me a qualified paramedic.

Others know a lot more about the trade, I'm sure you';; get more detailed answers from them.
See I wanted to fight, but also do something with a future outside the army.

My careers officer said he is a qualified paramedic now (he may have said 'equivalent'.

Thanks for the advice though mate
 
#4
Respectfully, equivalent means nothing.

CMT in a field hopistal has rather limited 'trigger-time' as you say

Regimental Medical Assistant in an Infantry units will be far more hands-on.

All this said:

Wanting to be a medic makes you appear honourable.

Wanting to kill people makes you seem like a chopper... try to strike more of a balance. You essentially want to be a hands-on Medic...and as such, Id say join the infantry and become an RMA
 
#5
moving-target-survivor said:
Respectfully, equivalent means nothing.

CMT in a field hopistal has rather limited 'trigger-time' as you say

Regimental Medical Assistant in an Infantry units will be far more hands-on.

All this said:

Wanting to be a medic makes you appear honourable.

Wanting to kill people makes you seem like a chopper... try to strike more of a balance. You essentially want to be a hands-on Medic...and as such, Id say join the infantry and become an RMA
I can't find RMA on the army jobs website.

So I would have to join infantry first? I want to fight, but also want to help - ying yang and all that balls - I might do that then.
 
#6
RetroMozza said:
little_bean said:
From what I can gather, it all depends on what rank and level of CMT you are as to how you deploy and no, you wouldn't me a qualified paramedic.

Others know a lot more about the trade, I'm sure you';; get more detailed answers from them.
See I wanted to fight, but also do something with a future outside the army.

My careers officer said he is a qualified paramedic now (he may have said 'equivalent'.

Thanks for the advice though mate
CMT was my original second choice but I've now changed my second to Vehicle Mechanic (opposite ends of the spectrum!!) as I want to be able to come out of the Army with a trade.
If you want to fight then you've gotta look at Infantry really but if you want to deploy and get a trade then maybe look down the RE or REME side of things. That's what my recruiter told me to do anyway :)
 
#7
RMA's dont exist anymore - its RCMT

As a CMT on deployment, you will either be with one of the battle groups and out with the lads doing what they do, or you could be back in the rear manning the ambulances to transfer casualties from MERT to Hospital (no lesser job by any means)

You would not be a qualified paramedic after 4 years
 
#8
drain_sniffer said:
RMA's dont exist anymore - its RCMT

As a CMT on deployment, you will either be with one of the battle groups and out with the lads doing what they do, or you could be back in the rear manning the ambulances to transfer casualties from MERT to Hospital (no lesser job by any means)

You would not be a qualified paramedic after 4 years
That's what was swaying it for me... not any more!

I think I've made my mind up...

Infantry, with a view to specialising in combat medic, or recce soldier, or sniper...

I have A-levels and that, but I want to get out there and fight!
 
#9
I was prepared for recruiters trying to get me to go Officer Entry because of my quals (GCSE's, ALevels and Degree) but when I sat down and told him I wanted to go soldier entry his reply, after looking at me for a few seconds with a shocked look on his face was 'Good Lass!'. They've bent over backwards for me since then :D
 
#10
RetroMozza said:
Alright guys

Couple of questions about being a Combat Medical Technician.

1. Do you get to see action? Are you on the front line with your squad? Or sat behind essentially waiting for a 999 call?

2. Would I be a qualified paramedic after four years? That's what I'd be looking to do.

Cheers lads.
Come back and give us the nod when you have been getting some "trigger time" Tex !!, it's a right laugh being blown off a road/forced into an alley by small arms fire/holding your pals grid together whilst he p*sses claret all over your lap....as I have said before, if you want a pastime that has little effort and impresses your friends, try dogging !
 
#11
reni_77 said:
RetroMozza said:
Alright guys

Couple of questions about being a Combat Medical Technician.

1. Do you get to see action? Are you on the front line with your squad? Or sat behind essentially waiting for a 999 call?

2. Would I be a qualified paramedic after four years? That's what I'd be looking to do.

Cheers lads.
Come back and give us the nod when you have been getting some "trigger time" Tex !!, it's a right laugh being blown off a road/forced into an alley by small arms fire/holding your pals grid together whilst he p*sses claret all over your lap....as I have said before, if you want a pastime that has little effort and impresses your friends, try dogging !
Did I say it would be a laugh? Do I act like I think it's all a big game?

I want to fight for my country, I want to make a difference in my life, and I want to follow in my family's footsteps, and most of all, to make them proud.

You want to save your breath for blowing up your girlfriend mate
 
#12
RetroMozza said:
drain_sniffer said:
RMA's dont exist anymore - its RCMT

As a CMT on deployment, you will either be with one of the battle groups and out with the lads doing what they do, or you could be back in the rear manning the ambulances to transfer casualties from MERT to Hospital (no lesser job by any means)

You would not be a qualified paramedic after 4 years
That's what was swaying it for me... not any more!

I think I've made my mind up...

Infantry, with a view to specialising in combat medic, or recce soldier, or sniper...

I have A-levels and that, but I want to get out there and fight!

I'm sure your A-levels will help you come to terms with taking someones life or scraping parts of your mate out the back of a vehicle thats just been hit by an IED.
 
#13
RetroMozza said:
reni_77 said:
RetroMozza said:
Alright guys

Couple of questions about being a Combat Medical Technician.

1. Do you get to see action? Are you on the front line with your squad? Or sat behind essentially waiting for a 999 call?

2. Would I be a qualified paramedic after four years? That's what I'd be looking to do.

Cheers lads.
Come back and give us the nod when you have been getting some "trigger time" Tex !!, it's a right laugh being blown off a road/forced into an alley by small arms fire/holding your pals grid together whilst he p*sses claret all over your lap....as I have said before, if you want a pastime that has little effort and impresses your friends, try dogging !
Did I say it would be a laugh? Do I act like I think it's all a big game?

I want to fight for my country, I want to make a difference in my life, and I want to follow in my family's footsteps, and most of all, to make them proud.

You want to save your breath for blowing up your girlfriend mate
Steady on Florence ! How will you tend to the wounded with a temper like that ?? :D Master your chosen trade and the rest will/should follow, I dont think there is a capbadge in service that hasn't been in contact recently, be prepared for a strange experience....!
 
#14
Whiskey_60 said:
RetroMozza said:
drain_sniffer said:
RMA's dont exist anymore - its RCMT

As a CMT on deployment, you will either be with one of the battle groups and out with the lads doing what they do, or you could be back in the rear manning the ambulances to transfer casualties from MERT to Hospital (no lesser job by any means)

You would not be a qualified paramedic after 4 years
That's what was swaying it for me... not any more!

I think I've made my mind up...

Infantry, with a view to specialising in combat medic, or recce soldier, or sniper...

I have A-levels and that, but I want to get out there and fight!

I'm sure your A-levels will help you come to terms with taking someones life or scraping parts of your mate out the back of a vehicle thats just been hit by an IED.
That wasn't my point. The point was that I could do pretty much any job in the army, and the careers officer has tried to put me in the int corps and all sorts, but I want to go out there and fight.

I'm 99% sure that right now I wouldn't be able to shoot somebody, or scrape bits of a mate out of a vehicle, but that's what training is all about; toughening up, physically and mentally.
 
#15
RetroMozza said:
Whiskey_60 said:
RetroMozza said:
drain_sniffer said:
RMA's dont exist anymore - its RCMT

As a CMT on deployment, you will either be with one of the battle groups and out with the lads doing what they do, or you could be back in the rear manning the ambulances to transfer casualties from MERT to Hospital (no lesser job by any means)

You would not be a qualified paramedic after 4 years
That's what was swaying it for me... not any more!

I think I've made my mind up...

Infantry, with a view to specialising in combat medic, or recce soldier, or sniper...

I have A-levels and that, but I want to get out there and fight!

I'm sure your A-levels will help you come to terms with taking someones life or scraping parts of your mate out the back of a vehicle thats just been hit by an IED.
That wasn't my point. The point was that I could do pretty much any job in the army, and the careers officer has tried to put me in the int corps and all sorts, but I want to go out there and fight.

I'm 100% that right now I wouldn't be able to shoot somebody, or scrape bits of a mate out of a vehicle, but that's what training is all about; toughening up, physically and mentally.
Fair one, I was probably a bit quick off the mark, if I remember correctly my sole reason for joining was after seeing "An Ungentlemanly Act" about the Falklands War and promptly wetting myself and dry humping my action man figure, so I was in the same mindset, chances are if you get out to one of the Forward Operating Bases and are embedded with a rifle coy you will get out and about, if your keen to get on the ground then look at plotting your career path now, lean towards more hands on work and stick your hand up for any arduos courses.
 
#16
reni_77 said:
RetroMozza said:
Whiskey_60 said:
RetroMozza said:
drain_sniffer said:
RMA's dont exist anymore - its RCMT

As a CMT on deployment, you will either be with one of the battle groups and out with the lads doing what they do, or you could be back in the rear manning the ambulances to transfer casualties from MERT to Hospital (no lesser job by any means)

You would not be a qualified paramedic after 4 years
That's what was swaying it for me... not any more!

I think I've made my mind up...

Infantry, with a view to specialising in combat medic, or recce soldier, or sniper...

I have A-levels and that, but I want to get out there and fight!

I'm sure your A-levels will help you come to terms with taking someones life or scraping parts of your mate out the back of a vehicle thats just been hit by an IED.
That wasn't my point. The point was that I could do pretty much any job in the army, and the careers officer has tried to put me in the int corps and all sorts, but I want to go out there and fight.

I'm 100% that right now I wouldn't be able to shoot somebody, or scrape bits of a mate out of a vehicle, but that's what training is all about; toughening up, physically and mentally.
Fair one, I was probably a bit quick off the mark, if I remember correctly my sole reason for joining was after seeing "An Ungentlemanly Act" about the Falklands War and promptly wetting myself and dry humping my action man figure, so I was in the same mindset, chances are if you get out to one of the Forward Operating Bases and are embedded with a rifle coy you will get out and about, if your keen to get on the ground then look at plotting your career path now, lean towards more hands on work and stick your hand up for any arduos courses.
Regardless of why you joined, the major question is:

In hindsight, could you possibly have done any other job?
 
#17
RetroMozza said:
reni_77 said:
RetroMozza said:
Alright guys

Couple of questions about being a Combat Medical Technician.

1. Do you get to see action? Are you on the front line with your squad? Or sat behind essentially waiting for a 999 call?

2. Would I be a qualified paramedic after four years? That's what I'd be looking to do.

Cheers lads.
Come back and give us the nod when you have been getting some "trigger time" Tex !!, it's a right laugh being blown off a road/forced into an alley by small arms fire/holding your pals grid together whilst he p*sses claret all over your lap....as I have said before, if you want a pastime that has little effort and impresses your friends, try dogging !
Did I say it would be a laugh? Do I act like I think it's all a big game?
I want to fight for my country, I want to make a difference in my life, and I want to follow in my family's footsteps, and most of all, to make them proud.

You want to save your breath for blowing up your girlfriend mate
Some of you comments may come off that way. Nothing personal but that is my opinion.
 
#18
RetroMozza said:
reni_77 said:
RetroMozza said:
Whiskey_60 said:
RetroMozza said:
drain_sniffer said:
RMA's dont exist anymore - its RCMT

As a CMT on deployment, you will either be with one of the battle groups and out with the lads doing what they do, or you could be back in the rear manning the ambulances to transfer casualties from MERT to Hospital (no lesser job by any means)

You would not be a qualified paramedic after 4 years
That's what was swaying it for me... not any more!

I think I've made my mind up...

Infantry, with a view to specialising in combat medic, or recce soldier, or sniper...

I have A-levels and that, but I want to get out there and fight!

I'm sure your A-levels will help you come to terms with taking someones life or scraping parts of your mate out the back of a vehicle thats just been hit by an IED.
That wasn't my point. The point was that I could do pretty much any job in the army, and the careers officer has tried to put me in the int corps and all sorts, but I want to go out there and fight.

I'm 100% that right now I wouldn't be able to shoot somebody, or scrape bits of a mate out of a vehicle, but that's what training is all about; toughening up, physically and mentally.
Fair one, I was probably a bit quick off the mark, if I remember correctly my sole reason for joining was after seeing "An Ungentlemanly Act" about the Falklands War and promptly wetting myself and dry humping my action man figure, so I was in the same mindset, chances are if you get out to one of the Forward Operating Bases and are embedded with a rifle coy you will get out and about, if your keen to get on the ground then look at plotting your career path now, lean towards more hands on work and stick your hand up for any arduos courses.
Regardless of why you joined, the major question is:

In hindsight, could you possibly have done any other job?
Possibly but it is very difficult to steer a determined young lad off whatever course of action he has taken, whether good or bad, just see how you get on, by assumption I dont think your the type that is going to want to spend years on end in a garrison medical centre dealing with mostly low level pre meds and giving jabs to the masses, there is a lot of military career options for you to choose that will ultimately give you experience, just plough your recruiter for info. :D
 
#19
reni_77 said:
RetroMozza said:
reni_77 said:
RetroMozza said:
Whiskey_60 said:
RetroMozza said:
drain_sniffer said:
RMA's dont exist anymore - its RCMT

As a CMT on deployment, you will either be with one of the battle groups and out with the lads doing what they do, or you could be back in the rear manning the ambulances to transfer casualties from MERT to Hospital (no lesser job by any means)

You would not be a qualified paramedic after 4 years
That's what was swaying it for me... not any more!

I think I've made my mind up...

Infantry, with a view to specialising in combat medic, or recce soldier, or sniper...

I have A-levels and that, but I want to get out there and fight!

I'm sure your A-levels will help you come to terms with taking someones life or scraping parts of your mate out the back of a vehicle thats just been hit by an IED.
That wasn't my point. The point was that I could do pretty much any job in the army, and the careers officer has tried to put me in the int corps and all sorts, but I want to go out there and fight.

I'm 100% that right now I wouldn't be able to shoot somebody, or scrape bits of a mate out of a vehicle, but that's what training is all about; toughening up, physically and mentally.
Fair one, I was probably a bit quick off the mark, if I remember correctly my sole reason for joining was after seeing "An Ungentlemanly Act" about the Falklands War and promptly wetting myself and dry humping my action man figure, so I was in the same mindset, chances are if you get out to one of the Forward Operating Bases and are embedded with a rifle coy you will get out and about, if your keen to get on the ground then look at plotting your career path now, lean towards more hands on work and stick your hand up for any arduos courses.
Regardless of why you joined, the major question is:

In hindsight, could you possibly have done any other job?
Possibly but it is very difficult to steer a determined young lad off whatever course of action he has taken, whether good or bad, just see how you get on, by assumption I dont think your the type that is going to want to spend years on end in a garrison medical centre dealing with mostly low level pre meds and giving jabs to the masses, there is a lot of military career options for you to choose that will ultimately give you experience, just plough your recruiter for info. :D
No, sitting there all day giving jabs is not what i want to do - watching the clocks every five minutes would drive me mad..

I'm still quite unsure as to what exactly I want to do, all I know is I want to be on the front line, fighting. I liked the look of light infantry, doing recces, and I liked the idea of air assault infantry too.. not certain as to what I will be doing yet.

If that comes off as immature to some, like I want to be in a Call of Duty game or in a movie, then that's the way it comes across, that's not my intention.
 
#20
RetroMozza said:
reni_77 said:
RetroMozza said:
reni_77 said:
RetroMozza said:
Whiskey_60 said:
RetroMozza said:
drain_sniffer said:
RMA's dont exist anymore - its RCMT

As a CMT on deployment, you will either be with one of the battle groups and out with the lads doing what they do, or you could be back in the rear manning the ambulances to transfer casualties from MERT to Hospital (no lesser job by any means)

You would not be a qualified paramedic after 4 years
That's what was swaying it for me... not any more!

I think I've made my mind up...

Infantry, with a view to specialising in combat medic, or recce soldier, or sniper...

I have A-levels and that, but I want to get out there and fight!

I'm sure your A-levels will help you come to terms with taking someones life or scraping parts of your mate out the back of a vehicle thats just been hit by an IED.
That wasn't my point. The point was that I could do pretty much any job in the army, and the careers officer has tried to put me in the int corps and all sorts, but I want to go out there and fight.

I'm 100% that right now I wouldn't be able to shoot somebody, or scrape bits of a mate out of a vehicle, but that's what training is all about; toughening up, physically and mentally.
Fair one, I was probably a bit quick off the mark, if I remember correctly my sole reason for joining was after seeing "An Ungentlemanly Act" about the Falklands War and promptly wetting myself and dry humping my action man figure, so I was in the same mindset, chances are if you get out to one of the Forward Operating Bases and are embedded with a rifle coy you will get out and about, if your keen to get on the ground then look at plotting your career path now, lean towards more hands on work and stick your hand up for any arduos courses.
Regardless of why you joined, the major question is:

In hindsight, could you possibly have done any other job?
Possibly but it is very difficult to steer a determined young lad off whatever course of action he has taken, whether good or bad, just see how you get on, by assumption I dont think your the type that is going to want to spend years on end in a garrison medical centre dealing with mostly low level pre meds and giving jabs to the masses, there is a lot of military career options for you to choose that will ultimately give you experience, just plough your recruiter for info. :D
No, sitting there all day giving jabs is not what i want to do - watching the clocks every five minutes would drive me mad..

I'm still quite unsure as to what exactly I want to do, all I know is I want to be on the front line, fighting. I liked the look of light infantry, doing recces, and I liked the idea of air assault infantry too.. not certain as to what I will be doing yet.

If that comes off as immature to some, like I want to be in a Call of Duty game or in a movie, then that's the way it comes across, that's not my intention.
Chill mate,
A lot of people here have been in the thick of it, some last month and some from before I was born so its just a case of concentrating on the interim and leave the derring do until you come under contact it will be much more appreciated then trust me !
16 Air Assault is a bloody good choice mate, get stuck into your phase one then stick your hand up for P Company if you think your up for it, if its still the same layout they cant ordinarily refuse you if you volunteer although that might be different now,
 

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