Dear All,

I'm currently in the process of Officer recruitment with the reserves and I'm set on joining the RAMC as I currently work in the NHS. I currently work as a Biomedical Scientist (BMS) and was looking for a different role within the Army Reserves which has more managerial and administrative aspects to my day job, the role of Medical Support Officer (MSO) is shouting out to me.

After meeting with the unit I was told that I may join as a BMS/soldier and undergo Officer training when there is more scope for promotion with the MSO PID although there is an MSO PID vacant at the moment.
They said that as a soldier I would be able to do more 'green stuff' and soldiering based training, and also be able to take part in army sporting and shooting competitions. Am I correct in assuming that a Reserve Officer wouldn't be able to take part in such activities? Or would I still be able to choose to attend more 'soldier' based training activities ?

Furthermore, after meeting the unit I was told that as an Officer/MSO would I still be able to provide support in a Biomedical Scientist role if required, obviously provided that my CV, qualifications and professional registrations have been scrubbed.

I'd really appreciate your ideas, Thanks in advance.

Sam
 
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and also be able to take part in army sporting and shooting competitions. Am I correct in assuming that a Reserve Officer wouldn't be able to take part in such activities?
Not at all. You should be able to take part in all the fun AT etc. that your unit does. The only difference being that as an officer you will also be a bit more involved in organising those activities (which you will need quals for, which the Army will pay for you to get and pay you while training for them)
 
One of the problems with Reserve field hospitals and MSOs is that there are no posts (or PIDs) as they are known for newly commissioned officers, they are all for Captains for some reason.

As a DE you'd go in as a 2Lt so wouldn't be able to access the MSO PIDs and neither would there any other slots open to you as the rest are all professionally qualified slots.

As a result the soldier route is best route for you.
 
Thanks psychobabble,

I've spoken to my unit of choice and they currently do have a MSO PID available, however the the slots above that are occupied. I was told the chance for promotion currently isn't strong.

I'm more keen to get experience in a different role than to movie up the ranks right away. What are your thoughts?

Would soldier entry as soldier/BMS and late commission be possible?

Thanks
 
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Thanks psychobabble,

I've spoken to my unit of choice and they currently do have a MSO PID available, however the the slots above that are occupied. I was told the chance for promotion currently isn't strong.

I'm more keen to get experience in a different role than to movie up the ranks right away. What are your thoughts?

Would soldier entry as soldier/BMS and late commission be possible?

Thanks

They may have a slot available but it won't be as a Lt or 2Lt. They start at Captain. We have raised that as an issue as it's impossible to take a direct entry officer into a MSO slot They tend to go to ex regular Captains, late entry officers etc.

Yes it would be possible to commission later as a BMS as long as the unit has an available PID for you to go into.
 
MOSG are taking on DE MSOs. You can join them wherever you live in the UK.
 
Med Ops Support Group. Reduced commitment bit of the medical reserves that contains a lot of the more specialist roles in AMS. HQ in York but do training weekends all over. If they have PIDs at 2Lt it may well be worth a look, if you really want to go down that route.

I do think you'd be best going down the BMS soldier route and then commissioning internally though.
 

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