Reserve CMT question

#1
Hi sorry if this is in the wrong section I was a little unsure where to post it. I'm thinking about joining the reserves as a CMT. Do they get attached to local reserve units or would you have to be part of a national RAMC unit?

Many thanks.
 
#2
It helps to have a background in the NHS/medical profession for a start, they form independant units and are attached to their parent brigade etc.

Best to pop over to your local TAC and have an informal chat and the PSAO will clarify any questions
 
#3
I popped into my local TA centre today and had a chat/tour. If I pick one of the units there, can I still apply to be a CMT even though none of them are RAMC?
 
#4
Jumping the gun a bit but... Make it known to the PSI, I'm guessing your local unit is Infantry, you have to first enlist and do all the paperwork, medical, be attested, phase 1, THAN do phase 2... and once your qualified as an Infantry soldier than you can discuss your options with the PSI... I'm guessing it shouldn't be a problem if their is demand for it and places on a course as enquiries can be made.

TAC's are actually open 9-5 run by full time staff so you can actually phone them too
 
#6
I popped into my local TA centre today and had a chat/tour. If I pick one of the units there, can I still apply to be a CMT even though none of them are RAMC?
Most units (eg: inf) are established for a number of RAMC CMT. Assuming those posts are distributed amongst the subunits you should be able to join your local infantry coy (for example) as an RAMC recruit. That route will eventually get you qualified as a CMT. The route can be pretty tortuous (years) and possibly more lengthy and difficult in a non-RAMC unit, so check it out properly first. Ideally, you can speak to the coy's existing CMTs and get the reality rather than the recruiter's 'spin'.

Oh and its an ARC and the Army Reserve these days and has been for a few years.
 
#7
Thanks a lot guys. They invited me to come back next Tuesday to see them again. Another question (I know, I know) if I was to join the Infantry unit as a RAMC recruit, would I have to pass the Infantry's fitness tests or RAMC?
 
#8
Jumping the gun a bit but... Make it known to the PSI, I'm guessing your local unit is Infantry, you have to first enlist and do all the paperwork, medical, be attested, phase 1, THAN do phase 2... and once your qualified as an Infantry soldier than you can discuss your options with the PSI... I'm guessing it shouldn't be a problem if their is demand for it and places on a course as enquiries can be made.

TAC's are actually open 9-5 run by full time staff so you can actually phone them too
Cap badge RMAs are long gone, if you join as an infantry soldier and qualify as an infantry soldier then you are an infantry soldier, not a medic.

For a CMT you would complete phase 1 and 2 (all arms) then do RAMC phase 3. You would not do CIC. This can all be done as a recruit to an inf coy in just the same as an RLC chef joining the coy would do all arms recruit training followed by special to arm training.
 
#10
Thanks a lot for answering. What do you mean by CIC and all arms training? Is that like the basic training i.e how to be a soldier? I thought phase 2 was trade training (sorry about all the questions!)
 
#11
My typo / error. To keep it simple, recruit training is all arms. Trade training is specialist. CIC is the infantry's trade training. Historically, CIC used to include Phase 1 and Phase 2 elements which sometimes causes confusion. As you have identified, you'd be joining an infantry unit as RAMC, which means you do RAMC recruit and trade training not the infantry equivalent.
 

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