Environmental Health Officer

Army Medical Services

At a glance

  • Officer
  • Specialist
  • medical

Deserts, jungles, mountains: wherever our troops are, we need them fit and well. You’ll have the expert training to keep environmental risks to a minimum.

  • £31,305The minimum amount you’ll earn during training
  • £37,425Your pay after completing basic trade training
  • AgeFrom 17 years & 9 months to 33 years & 11 months
  • QualificationsSee qualification details

On operations, my job can be very challenging.

Keeping our troops safe and well wherever they are is a big job. As an Environmental Health Officer, you’ll use your expertise to advise commanders, both on operations and on bases, on everything from accommodation and sanitation, to food safety and pollution control. But unlike the civilian role, you’ll face new challenges applying your knowledge in harsh or hostile environments. You’ll need to think innovatively to solve problems – but thanks to first-class Army training, you’ll have all the skills required.

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

  • Work in challenging and hostile environments

  • Work independently and as part of a larger team

  • Advise commanders directly on environmental issues

  • Use innovative problem-solving skills

  • 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 33 years & 11 months

  • Qualifications:

    BSc or MSc in Environmental Health

    Membership of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health or member of the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (or working towards such professional qualification)

  • 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 Environmental Health Officer interview, you'll start training on the Commissioning Course Short at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. You are taught basic military, survival and weapon-handling skills to prepare you for Army life. On completion of the course you will 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 Environmental Health Officer. You will then be based in the UK for up to 12 months while you are sent on short placements with environmental health teams in preparation for your first assignment.

Qualifications you could get after training

All Environmental Health Officers can gain postgraduate qualifications throughout their career and you may also have the opportunity to study at MSc level.

Pay & benefits

You'll earn £31,305 during your year of training at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, before commissioning and becoming a Second Lieutenant, on £37,425 a year.

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

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