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Qualified radiographer recruitment

#1
I'd be most grateful for any information from Rads already serving. I am a qualified Rad and have been wanting to join up for a while now but always been suckered back to the NHS god knows why?! Just wanted to know what the situation is currently with Radiographer staffing levels in the army at the moment?

Before I get told to use the search function and to go to my local Army recruitment centre etc no relevant/current info and the recruitment centre's give you numbers of people to contact which I am in the process of getting and doing :) Just wanted some informal info in the mean time.

Thanks!
 
#5
I'm currently working as locum radiographer in london. Mainly wanted to know if the army is currently saturated with radiographers and if they have got enough at the moment. Then also wanted to know what rank you go in at after basic training. Don't throw knives at me but I was looking on the RAF's careers site to compare and they say "start your professional work at the rank of Corporal with the opportunity to be promoted to Sergeant 2 years later." Does the same apply for army?

I've been following the debate about Rads and officer entry.. tin of worms :)

Thanks!
 
#6
Karabiner said:
The cadre is on timed promotion to Sgt, however I can't remember the last time anyone tested the system and joined as an OR already qualified.
really? Your memory can't be that bad surely xx It hasn't been that long.
 
#7
kimmy84 said:
Don't throw knives at me but I was looking on the RAF's careers site to compare and they say "start your professional work at the rank of Corporal with the opportunity to be promoted to Sergeant 2 years later." Does the same apply for army?

Thanks!
I had to wait 5 years as a Cpl & then with various course loading/unit problems, it was nearly 6 before I picked up my Sgt. I think things have been speeded up a bit, but now of course you have the added problem of newly qualified Radiogs coming out of uni with their Sgts. If you've been qualified a while, that might be interesting.
 
#8
So you are saying newly qualified Radiographers can have a higher ranking than someone with more experience in the actual job role? Strange!

I cant believe there is so much difference between the Army, RAF and Navy with regards to promotion etc!
 
#9
kimmy84 said:
So you are saying newly qualified Radiographers can have a higher ranking than someone with more experience in the actual job role? Strange!

I cant believe there is so much difference between the Army, RAF and Navy with regards to promotion etc!
Yes, that happens all the time because people get promoted on their time served, not time qualified. CPOs can train & retain rank so they come straight out higher ranking than almost all the Army radiographers (bar 4).

Army radiographers are the slowest promoted & they've just made it worse by extending the time between ranks (sgt - ssgt, ssgt - WO). It's an interesting situation, but then throw the TA in & it all goes t!ts up cause they are almost all commissioned.
 
#10
gado said:
Yes, that happens all the time because people get promoted on their time served, not time qualified. CPOs can train & retain rank so they come straight out higher ranking than almost all the Army radiographers (bar 4).

Army radiographers are the slowest promoted & they've just made it worse by extending the time between ranks (sgt - ssgt, ssgt - WO). It's an interesting situation, but then throw the TA in & it all goes t!ts up cause they are almost all commissioned.
It's still got to be better than being a Bandsman (bring on the board next month!!).

Tubs
 
#11
Cool, another bandsman. At this rate, the cadre is gonna be able to provide a band of their own. Bring on the Band of the Radiographers :) What do you play?

The last one was pretty hot, so I hope you live up to reputation :p
 
#12
gado said:
Cool, another bandsman. At this rate, the cadre is gonna be able to provide a band of their own. Bring on the Band of the Radiographers :) What do you play?

The last one was pretty hot, so I hope you live up to reputation :p
I know the ex-bandsman of which you speak. I wouldn't call him hot but, despite most peoples idea of bandsmen, I don't fancy men.

I'm a tuba player and I'm fat, ugly and married! :D

Tubs
 
#13
Perfect, you should fit right in then :)
 
#15
Sorry Boss, I was referring to myself (minus the married part), but if the hat fits . . . . . . . . :)
 
#16
kimmy84 said:
I'm currently working as locum radiographer in london. Mainly wanted to know if the army is currently saturated with radiographers and if they have got enough at the moment. Then also wanted to know what rank you go in at after basic training. Don't throw knives at me but I was looking on the RAF's careers site to compare and they say "start your professional work at the rank of Corporal with the opportunity to be promoted to Sergeant 2 years later." Does the same apply for army?

I've been following the debate about Rads and officer entry.. tin of worms :)

Thanks!
Im in the same boat kimmi, just DON'T JOIN THE RAF AS A RADIOGRAPHER currently they have 1 operational radiographer in the RAF reserves and when you see the full picture you see why!

I think i'm going to go back to the TA as a PQO, does anyone know much about this route?? I was in a 2 years ago however give up my officer training back then to finish my training. Ive now had a 2 yrs and i ready for the challenge again!
 
#18
Tubbyboy said:
gado said:
Cool, another bandsman. At this rate, the cadre is gonna be able to provide a band of their own. Bring on the Band of the Radiographers :) What do you play?

The last one was pretty hot, so I hope you live up to reputation :p
I know the ex-bandsman of which you speak. I wouldn't call him hot but, despite most peoples idea of bandsmen, I don't fancy men.

I'm a tuba player and I'm fat, ugly and married! :D
And also destined to remain a bandsman for at least another year :(

Congratulations to those who were selected.

Tubs
 
#19
How many places were there this year? Shame tubs, i know that you've been interested for a fair while in transferring over now. Good luck if you sit it again next year.

Is anyone able to pm me the board results on who sat the board this year? Just after knowing if any of my buddies sat it who said that they were looking into it.

Thanks...
D_M
 
#20
Duff_Man said:
How many places were there this year? Shame tubs, i know that you've been interested for a fair while in transferring over now. Good luck if you sit it again next year.
Cheers. There were 12 of us chasing 2 places so I wasn't massively hopeful anyway...

Tubs
 

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