NZ Medic thinking of changing to British Army

#1
Afternoon guys,

I'm a qualified medic in the Royal New Zealand Army Medical Corps. Recently I've been thinking about plans for the next few years, mainly whether I want to stay in the NZ army or look at overseas options.

The main reason for thinking about leaving is that I'm getting bored of all the sitting around.

While there are chances to go overseas (the three main trips are: Afghanistan, East Timor and the Solomon Islands) the vacancies on them are limited and, to be honest, the trips are pretty quiet.

One of the Sergeants at work is an ex-British Army medic (20+ years) and recommends changing over if I'm looking to do and see more.

How easy is it to change over? Can any currently serving UK medics shed some light on what day to day work is like? Decent working conditions? Lots of regimental BS to put up with? Lots of trips and travel?

Cheers,

-A.
 
#6
imedic said:
Afternoon guys,

I'm a qualified medic in the Royal New Zealand Army Medical Corps. Recently I've been thinking about plans for the next few years, mainly whether I want to stay in the NZ army or look at overseas options.

The main reason for thinking about leaving is that I'm getting bored of all the sitting around.

While there are chances to go overseas (the three main trips are: Afghanistan, East Timor and the Solomon Islands) the vacancies on them are limited and, to be honest, the trips are pretty quiet.

One of the Sergeants at work is an ex-British Army medic (20+ years) and recommends changing over if I'm looking to do and see more.

How easy is it to change over? Can any currently serving UK medics shed some light on what day to day work is like? Decent working conditions? Lots of regimental BS to put up with? Lots of trips and travel?

Cheers,

-A.
No idea who you should get in contact with. You might need to start from scratch again?? Loads of NZ lads spread throughout all of our Armed Forces.
I enjoy it as a CMT. I've been in 19 years and from what I can see the Corps is improving all the time. Higher pay for most of our ranks, Technician/Paramedic training and for the forseeable future plenty of tours ect... it's what we join up to do.
Dont know about the accom side of things? MOD has been under immense pressure to sort out Barrack life for returning troops. I live in a private hiring so no complaints from me :)
I've been to a long list of countries on both Ops and Ex with Adventure trg expeds in Nepal and Mongolia. Skiing in Norway X 3 and Bavaria X 2.
Also had plenty of shite times. They build your character. When you look back at those shite times, actually it wasn't too bad. Someone is usually worse off than you...
 
#7
Yeah, it sounds like I may have to do it all again - just received this email.

Thank you for your email.

Firstly, please be aware that we cannot enlist anyone who is currently serving in another country's defence force. A copy of your discharge certificate would be required in order to undertake recruit selection.

You would be required to undertake the same selection procedures as any other potential recruit and you would have to re-do basic training. I cannot advise you about medical courses, we do not have that information here, but it should be available at www.armyjobs.mod.uk

Overseas Cell
Gah, two years down the drain. That said, it wouldn't be too bad doing that stuff again - I quite enjoyed basic and my medical training.

The other requirements are:

Please be aware of the following eligibility criteria:

That a maximum of two applications to enlist are permitted. No further attempts will be allowed through the British Army Overseas Cell.

You MUST be British/British Dual National/Citizens of the Irish Republic or Commonwealth citizen to be able to join the British Army. Yes

You MUST be over 16 years of age, and apply before your 32nd Birthday. Yes

You MUST have a UK sponsor, who knows you and is willing to sponsor you. We will be contacting them for confirmation before your application can proceed. Not yet

You MUST have accommodation in the UK. Not yet

You MUST have enough money to pay for your own flight and to enable you to live in the UK for up to 6 months. Will start saving

You MUST have a minimum of 4 ½ years remaining on your passport. Yes

All applicants MUST have completed Secondary Education up to the age of 16; we will require verification of this. Yes

If you satisfy all of the above requirements and send all of the proof requested below your enquiry will be processed.

Please send the following information.

· Your full name (surname last),
· Your date of birth,
· Your Nationality
· Your full postal address, including country. We will not send mail C/O a third party or a business/college address.

· A photocopy of your passport to show your passport expiry date. If you are applying by e-mail you need to provide the issue and expiry date as we are unable to open attachments.
· Your UK Sponsor ' s full name, address and contact number.
· You MUST include any previous application number.

Please note: Due to the high levels of interest to this office, if you do not provide us with all of the requested information we will be unable to proceed with your application. In line with data protection, all incomplete applications and all related correspondence will be destroyed

Thank you
 
#9
Just had another chat with the recruiter - he recommends having at least £1000 per month saved up while my application would be processed. He said they usually take 4-5 months to sort.

This would mean I'd have to save up £5000 which is roughly $15,000 NZ dollars. That's a pretty big amount of money! (Not that I'm a cheapskate, but that's almost half of what I earn in a year. Can definitely be done but would take a while)

As for the required sponsorship - I may well be screwed. Not too sure if I know anyone over in the UK.

Kinda gets me thinking - apparently there's a large amount of Fijian chaps who've joined up. I've been to Fiji and I know that there's not many people there who could afford that amount of money, so how do they do it? And would they all have sponsors?

The recruiter also mentioned that enlistments for CMTs are being swamped at the moment so will probably take a long time to get processed/accepted.

It's all starting to look less and less likely...
 
#10
imedic said:
Just had another chat with the recruiter - he recommends having at least £1000 per month saved up while my application would be processed. He said they usually take 4-5 months to sort.

This would mean I'd have to save up £5000 which is roughly $15,000 NZ dollars. That's a pretty big amount of money! (Not that I'm a cheapskate, but that's almost half of what I earn in a year. Can definitely be done but would take a while)

As for the required sponsorship - I may well be screwed. Not too sure if I know anyone over in the UK.

Kinda gets me thinking - apparently there's a large amount of Fijian chaps who've joined up. I've been to Fiji and I know that there's not many people there who could afford that amount of money, so how do they do it? And would they all have sponsors?

The recruiter also mentioned that enlistments for CMTs are being swamped at the moment so will probably take a long time to get processed/accepted.

It's all starting to look less and less likely...
Maybe post your Qs on one of the other parts of this site... I can't believe that it's gonna be that hard. Don't be put off by a recruiter saying that there'll be a long waiting or it'll be hard to get into. They've got slots to fill (you'll end up as an ODP/QA if you listen to them :roll: )Tell em your not interested in anything else.
Do you not know any other Kiwis in the UK Armed Forces??

I'm sure someone will advise you on here... I've no idea ref recruiting sorry :? even less on CW recruiting. Must be a way though, like you said the Fijians manage it.... Keep us/me posted as to how you get on and keep persevering.
 
#11
We've just had the AMS roadshow and the CMT cadre is still under strength by 800. So im in agreement with Lamster. Ignore your recruiter and maybe call the Army Medical Directorete in Camberley. They would be able to give you best answer.
 
#12
Also the save £1000 a month sounds like utter b0ll0cks to me, just who is doing the recruiting ? Are we not at War and short of such skilled people?

imedic, keep us posted on what's happening, certainly your UK accommodation can be sorted and your airfare
 
#13
Quick update: Have gotten in touch with one of the chaps at the AMD. He's kindly offered to get in touch with some people to point me in the right direction.

Will post more as things develop.