Nurse training with the army

#1
I'm considering training to be a nurse with the army down in Birmingham. At the moment i'm not sure weather to train in civvy street on a fast track graduate degree, then join the army as an officer on completion, (see previous post) or weather to do all my nurse training with the army, and join now?

I've been in the TA for the past 4 years (a UOTC, and presently 205 field hospital where i'm a CMT) and know i wanna make the army a career.

Does anyone have any thoughts on the pro's and cons of nurse training in the army compared with that on civvy street?

Thanks :wink:
 
#2
Sarah, im also TA although AGC and a while back I looked into nurse training in the army. If i hadnt bought a house and was offered a scholarship to do my training in civvy street, I wouldnt hesitate to do it in the army. It is absolute pants in civvy street. If you have no ties you would be nuts not to apply to the army!
 
#3
You will not be able to commission on qualification, you need two years post reg to go for commission. Advantage of training in the Army is you get paid a wage and not a bursery, so you are financially better off. There is a scheme were you do your training and then commission as a second lt, but not to sure on the details about that one and i havent come across many people who have joined on that route - so i can't tell you anymore about it. Hope the above is useful, and good luck

S-D
 
#7
there are both Pros and Cons of the Civvie vs Military approach. If you do your training in the Army, qualify and then are promoted Cpl, read the posts of others who are at that stage now. if you wanted to commission the old LE commission route for Nurses has gone (and what a bad idea DANS :roll: ), so you'd have to do the full RCB!

Why not PM a few of the nurse posters on here (not me I might add, BMS me :wink: ) and I am sure they would be more than happy to answer your questions
 
#8
As a nurse who trained in the Army I agree with Dui-lai on the whole pros and cons bit. One thing to bear in mind is that it's often easier to commision from civvie street than from the ranks. God knows why as surely the previous military experience is a bonus?

And also think about commisioning in the TA first - sometimes you do it during your training. A friend of mine spent her TA training evenings writing her assignments in the mess and getting paid for it. Then with a TA commision you should find getting a regular one easier.
 
#9
A serious word of advice.

Dont do it.
Dont believe the propoganda. It is a seriously flawed organisation bouyed up by a few good souls God bless em!

Stick with the TA. best of both worlds !

not that Im bitter or anything ;)
 
#14
primroseandblue said:
I cannot believe anywhere could be better on the town than Gosport. No, I won't have it. :!: See y'all in Emm-oires tonight saddos
Thanks for the warning :wink: Got to put in my blue rinse tonight, so no Emm-oires for me :roll:
 
#15
I've been in the TA for the past 4 years (a UOTC, and presently 205 field hospital where i'm a CMT) and know i wanna make the army a career.


Why in gods name would you prefer to reduce yourself in qualification??
Most people know that a CMT is far more qualled up than a Nursey type, set your sights higher.

standing by..
 
#17
medman82 said:
I've been in the TA for the past 4 years (a UOTC, and presently 205 field hospital where i'm a CMT) and know i wanna make the army a career.


Why in gods name would you prefer to reduce yourself in qualification??
Most people know that a CMT is far more qualled up than a Nursey type, set your sights higher.

standing by..
You just love winding nurses up don't you :twisted:
 
#19
.

Dont go for the bait.................................




................too late....................... :)


Speaking as both a CMT 1 & RGN I've found that my tent putting up, leaf sweeping, snow clearing skills have been invaluable to me through my working life.

Of course it is the RGN bit that pays the bills :wink:
 
#20
Sluice_dweller said:
Most people know that a CMT is far more qualled up than a Nursey type, set your sights higher.
When did CMT's start going to university for 3 years? and why if CMT's so good, are they all winging and bitching about the state of the CEG.

S-D
I dangle a lightly baited hook then sit back and wait. Nurse baiting should be an AMS sport, not as illegal as badger baiting but they are both grey and hairy. (in the main)
 

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