Inf or RAMC

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  1. I'm in a bit of a fix and I'm wondering if you lot can help me out.

    I'm currently at medical school, and I am certain about embarking on a career in the army. There are a number of attractions to being an army doctor, but I'm actually having my doubts about medicine altogether.

    The alternative is to join as an infantry officer, which does have its attractions. However, I'm very concious that I have a good awareness of the downsides to medicine (having spoken to more than a few doctors who hate it) whilst I'm not sure that I'm aware of all the downsides to being an infantry officer.

    So, in the interests of making a fully informed decision, can you lot (particularly those who are infantry) tell me the worst aspects of the job. It sounds like an odd question, but any sensible answers will be really helpful to me. thanks
  2. I should add that I'm on a six year course leading to a batchelors degree after three years, not the usual five year course. If I decide to leave the medical career path, it will be ath this three year point.
  3. had someone in the last intake who was a qualified vet but decided to sack that off and commission into the engrs. halfway through the course changed mind and went to the vet corp after all. Moral of the story is that you can always change your mind. I'd say finish the medical training then make a decision thus giving yourself more options
  4. Why not stay medical, do pilots course, become SAM (senior aviation medicine) will then need to purchase a huge rake for all your money!!
  5. Whats an SAM, and do they really let MO's do the full pilots course?
  6. Yes I know...letting medics do the course? Senior Aviation Medicine (SAM) they are the specialist when regarding Aviation Medicine. Each Regiment in the AAC has then (and they are on a shed load of dosh (more than the CO))
  7. If I go into medicine, I'm more up for the surgical side of things. Besides, medical officers earn a fair amount whatever they do. Thanks for the replies so far.

    If I join at 24 (after clinical school) will it then be too late to join the infantry?
  8. that sounds like a s**t hot plan
  9. No.
  10. If it's not too late to become an infantry officer at 24 then I'll complete clinical school and leave my options open. Thanks for the help guys.
  11. There is a regulation on the QRs stating that any medically qualified officer HAS to be capbadged RAMC.

    At least that true in the TA (couldn't find the appropriate reference in regular QRs):


    c. Qualified medical practitioners and dentists are eligible only for appointments as medical officers in the RAMC
    or in the RADC respectively."

    Whether or not that is enforced, I do not know, but you will have a hard time persuading them to ignore the medical qualification and let you go infantry.

    Better plan (I suspect): get your medical degree, get through the PQO recruitment process, and apply to be a GDMO of an infantry unit. You'll be far enough forward at the RAP to feel the heat.

  12. I'll bite,

    so your thinking about being a Doctor, you've not even qualified yet your still looking toward Inf, perhaps you ought to question your personal drving forces.

    Personally; I don't think you either/or; Cadets boring?
  13. Dr or Inf?? if this is real here are my thoughts...

    A year at RMAS after Med School will almost certainly put you off of the life of the Infanteer for the rest of your Army career.

    Why do you think the aforementioned vet retraced his path?

    It all sounds very romantic but don't be fooled - look beyond the age that you can no longer do CFTs and you're knees are shot away...

    The best advice I've seen here is the Av Med route - Pilot and Dr = an interesting time.

    Have fun whichever way you go.

  14. I know of someone who was in the same position. He was fully qualified as a doctor and had done 4 para as a tom. He rocked up to our platoon in jan and just cracked on like one of the gus. I don't know how he got so far but he had managed to get onto the reg rmas course. Three weeks later he was off, having had the coy cmmdr and above work on him. He reappeared in october with three pips on his chest and then did tarts and vics and was fully commissioned before we had finished seniors. If I recall correctly he had spent the period in between having a look see at the army and helping out with various bits and pieces.
  15. Stay with medicine but while you're at Uni join the local TA infantry unit. If you like it that much then sure bin the Medical Degree and join the Regulars.
    By that stage you will have had a good few years as a TA infantryman/Officer.