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Officer careers

Officer careers in the RAMC are all varied and challenging, and provide the opportunity to work in austere environments.

There are four jobs for Officers in the RAMC. In order to Commission into the corps, you must complete a Commissioning course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) whether that be as a Direct Entrant (44-week course) or as a Professionally Qualified Officer (ten-week course).

If you are interested in a career as an Officer within the Royal Army Medical Corps, contact us by following the Army Jobs link in the right-hand column.

Jobs available for officers

Medical Support Officer (MSO)

Medical Support Officers (MSOs) in the RAMC provide the command and control function within the AMS.  MSOs are not vocational medics and do not require any specialist medical qualifications.  Instead they are trained to provide a specific leadership, healthcare management and medical planning role in order to ensure casualties on the battlefield are evacuated and receive the best medical treatment as soon as possible.

MSOs must be robust and confident in their decision-making, have good communication skills and be capable of operating under pressure efficiently. They must be able to form an effective working relationship with a variety of ranks from Private to Lieutenant Colonel.


Doctors provide medical cover to soldiers in a variety of environments around the world. They provide routine primary healthcare ensuring that soldiers are fit for deployment on operations, immediate first aid, life-saving trauma care to injured soldier on operations, and long-term medical care from the hospital environment.

In addition to providing medical care to soldiers in everyday life and on operations, there is a requirement for the provision of medical cover to sporting events and exercises.

Medical Bursary

Competition for Medical Bursary is fierce, and if you are thinking about applying for one, the ideal time for you to contact the RAMC Recruiting Officer is during your last year studying for your A Levels, or once you are settled into your first year at University.

Once you have applied for the bursary you will be invited to attend several interviews to ensure your suitability for the Army and the RAMC.


[RAMC Pharmacist] Pharmacy Officers are employed in military pharmacies, medical centres and field hospitals as a member of the pharmacy team providing vital pharmaceutical care to military patients and advice to clinical teams on the use of medication. This is a vital role in providing medical care to soldiers.

As a pharmacist you have to have good communication skills as you are constantly giving advice to patients, developing and maintaining professional relationships with nurses and doctors.  You are often relied upon to give advice on the storage and handling of medications in austere and hostile environments.

Pharmacy Officers need to be able to use their initiative and work both independently and as part of a team.


A Physiotherapy Officer is a qualified physiotherapist who can be found providing rehabilitation for injured soldiers and civilians both on and off operations.

A Physiotherapy Officer can expect to deploy on operations fairly regularly, either to a field hospital or a forward operating base (FOB). When not deployed on operations they can be found working in one of the Defence Medical Groups (DMG) hospitals, one of the Regional Rehabilitation Units (RRU) or the highly publicised Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) Headley Court.

A Physiotherapy Officer must be imaginative and able to use their initiative when treating patients in difficult environments.

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