Combat Medical Technician

Army Medical Services

At a glance

  • Soldier
  • medical

Saving lives on the front line takes courage and incredible drive. We give you support and training – the rest is up to you…

  • £18,687The minimum amount you’ll earn during training
  • £23,496Your pay after completing basic trade training
  • AgeFrom 16 years & 6 months to 35 years & 6 months
  • QualificationsGCSEs
Medics training

I received constant encouragement from more qualified medical personnel.

Could you work on the front line, saving soldiers’ lives? Stay calm in the heat of battle and give emergency treatment? Get casualties off the battlefield as quickly and safely as possible? It isn’t easy. But if you’re brave and determined, we’ll give you the training you need, a great career and the chance to gain qualifications. Plus, you get to join our amazing team in the Army Medical Services (AMS). You’ll work under the expert guidance of doctors in medical centres, or in the difficult working conditions of frontline bases.

The Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) is responsible for maintaining the health of servicemen and women. The Corps is represented wherever British Soldiers are deployed, providing medical support to operations, exercises and Adventurous Training expeditions all over the world.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Give first aid on the battlefield

  • Provide medical training to the Army

  • Supply medical support on all kinds of operations and exercises

  • Help with medical evacuations in hostile conditions

  • Provide health education to the Army

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Combat Medical Technician

Regular (full time)

Entry requirements

  • Age:

    From 16 years & 6 months to 35 years & 6 months

  • Qualifications:

    GCSE Grade A*–C/9-4 in at least English Language and Maths

  • Basic physical fitness assessment:

    • Mid Thigh Pull 50kg

    • Medicine Ball Throw 2.7m

    • MSFT (beep test) level 6.6

    More information about the fitness test

Training for the role

Step 1
Initial military training teaches you how to be a soldier. This covers everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle. This 14-week course takes place at either Pirbright in Surrey or Winchester, Hampshire.

Step 2 
You’ll then learn how to be a Combat Medical Technician at the Defence School of Healthcare Training, Birmingham, during trade training. This takes 22 weeks. When you finish, you’ll be a Class 2 Combat Medical Technician, with a level 3 Diploma and Care Certificate. Trade training includes theory and practical modules, as well as clinical placements in Defence Primary Healthcare medical centres.

Qualifications you could get after training

  • Apprenticeship in Senior Healthcare Support Worker

  • Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support upon completion of the apprenticeship, awarded by CandG

Pay & benefits

Earn £18,687 a year during training. When you have completed 26 weeks' service or finished basic trade training – whichever comes first – your pay will rise to £23,496.

How to Apply

Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre, you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.

More about the joining process

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