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Posted: Sun 20 Aug, 2017 3:45 pm
by Adam_Russell
Hi, i am joining harrogate September next year and i had a question.
Obviously, you have to be in education until you are 16 so if i go to harrogate, do my basic training then go and do a 52 week course with the medical corps, would all of this time count as my apprentaship?
Also, once i have completed my training, as a combat medical tetnition, will i get posted to an infantry regiment as a medic in a section or a doctor in a field hospital?

Thanks, Adam


Posted: Sat 16 Sep, 2017 10:27 am
by Tab
You wont get posted to a Regiment until you are old enough, and when you are old enough you will go where you are sent.


Posted: Fri 26 Jan, 2018 12:20 pm
by Corev
Harrogate is the Army's Foundation College, so while you are there you are in education. You will remain in education during your 50-weeks specialist trade training at the Defence School of Healthcare Education.

Even if you don't join Harrogate until the later intake in March, this still counts as being in education during that academic year.

Your first posting as a CMT when you qualify as a Level 4 Emergency Medical Technician will probably be with an Army Medical Services unit (so a Field Hospital or Medical Regiment). However, as Tab says, you will go where the Army needs you, so you might go straight to any unit in the Army.

If you do go to a combat unit like an infantry battalion, you would not be put in an infantry section, but would work for the Regimental Medical Officer (RMO) as part of their medical team. In time you might get attached to patrols, but in conventional operations you will most likely support the Regimental Aid Post (RAP), or a Company Aid Post (CAP) or support the casualty evacuation chain as an ambulance crew.