Army Medical Services

At a glance

  • Officer
  • Specialist
  • medical

Play a vital role in keeping Army personnel fighting fit. Enjoy an immensely fulfilling job that comes with travel, adrenaline and a sense of pride.

  • The minimum amount you’ll earn during training
  • £66,913Your pay after completing basic trade training
  • AgeFrom 17 years & 9 months to 36 years & 11 months
  • QualificationsSee qualification details

The best aspect of being an Army Doctor is the variety of the work.

Treating casualties on the front line, caring for soldiers in barracks, providing medical cover at Army sports events... There’s no doubt that life as an Army Doctor is varied. You’re likely to spend the first few years as a Regimental Medical Officer with a combat unit or as a General Duties Medical Officer with a medical regiment. You’ll get outstanding training to prepare you for the injuries and illnesses you'll encounter in military life. There’ll be the chance to get new qualifications, have valuable experiences, and take part in sports and Adventurous Training. It’s like no civilian role out there.

The Royal Army Medical Corps 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

  • Provide frontline medical support at every level of care

  • Work in challenging and hostile environments

  • Build and maintain your clinical skills in NHS hospitals

  • Enjoy opportunities for postgraduate training

  • Enjoy a wide range of sports and an excellent social life

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Regular (full time)

Entry requirements

  • Age:

    From 17 years & 9 months to 36 years & 11 months

  • Qualifications:

    Degree in Medicine. Full registration with the UK General Medical Council (GMC), you could also be at the point of completing your medical training. Age criteria differ (up to a maximum of 55 years) depending on qualifications and experience. Please give us a call to find out which specialties we are currently recruiting and the specific criteria.

    An Army doctor who undertakes specialist training in general practice or a hospital speciality must fulfil Royal College requirements to be awarded the Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training.

    Specialists can apply up to the age of 55

  • Basic physical fitness assessment:

    • Mid Thigh Pull 50kg

    • Medicine Ball Throw 2.7m

    • MSFT (beep test) level 5.8

    More information about the fitness test

Training for the role

Step 1
Having successfully completed the Army Officer Selection process and Army Doctor interview, you'll be awarded a place on the Commissioning Course Short at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. You are taught basic military, survival and weapon-handling skills, which are designed to prepare you for military life. On completion of the course you'll be awarded a commission into the Army Medical Services.

Step 2
You attend the 14-week Army Medical Services Entry Officers' Course, which provides you with the specific knowledge required to begin your career as an Army Doctor.

STUDENT - Following graduation, you will be required to complete foundation training years 1 and 2 at one of the Defence Medical Group Units (Frimley Park, Northallerton, Portsmouth, Plymouth or the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham).

Qualifications you could get after training

Medical qualifications dependent on your specialism (GP, Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics and Resuscitation, General Surgery, General Medicine, Psychiatry, Pathology, Radiology, Rheumatology and Rehabilitation, Occupational Medicine or Public Health).

Pay & benefits

Once you have completed your military training, you will be on a minimum salary of £66,913. This will go up once you're fully qualified.

Student bursary (up to £75,000):

Open to candidates who will graduate with an Army-endorsed medical degree and intend to join the Royal Army Medical Corps for a minimum period of 4 years as a commissioned Medical Officer

Paid in annual instalments of £10,000 during your final three years of university then a lump sum of £45,000 on successful completion of Officer training

You will also be paid an Army salary during your two years of foundation period employment

How to apply

Student bursary - For those studying towards a Degree in Medicine on a course that will result in full registration with the UK General Medical Council (GMC). Apply while you are still at university, before the end of January. You should apply not later than your first year to qualify for the full amount; the Army reserves the right to award bursaries of 1,2 or 3 years. You must pass the Army Officer Selection Board for professionally qualified officers and the Arm Selection Board for the Royal Army Medical Corps to qualify. You must also start initial Officer training at Sandhurst before your 37th birthday, unless a medical specialist.

How to Apply

If you've got your qualifications, then apply online. Your application will be passed to our specialist team, who will help guide you through the process towards joining in this role. You'll need to pass a specialist skills interview to check that your skills are in line with our needs.

More about the joining process