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Soldier careers

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

There are six jobs for soldiers in the RAMC which provide variety, excitement and unrivalled opportunities for both career and personal development.

Follow the links on the right-hand side of this page to find out more.

Jobs available for soldiers

Operating Department Practitioner

[Operating Department Practitioner] As a military Operating Department Practitioner (ODP), you will work in operating theatres in all three specialities – anaesthetics, surgical and recovery, assisting the anaesthetists and surgeons performing operations. It is considered a speciality in the RAMC and you can be posted to Field Hospitals, 16 Medical Regiment in Colchester and Defence Medical Groups (DMG) hospitals.

On deployments, ODP’s are utilised for their airway management skills and start with the patient in the Emergency Department. They then follow them through to theatre where they assist in performing life-saving damage control surgery to ensure that the patient is stable enough for onward movement.

Phase 2 takes two years to complete, currently held at the Defence School of Health Care Studies at Birmingham City University.

At the end of the course students are awarded a Diploma in Higher Education (Dip HE) in Operating Department Practice.

Radiographer

Radiographers provide specialist diagnostic imaging services to medical teams worldwide in order to assist with the effective treatment of both casualties and routine patients. This includes providing diagnostic imagery including Computer Tomography (CT), ultrasound and plain x-rays in theatres, Intensive Care Units, wards and the Emergency Department.


Phase 2 training takes three years to complete, currently held at the Defence School of Health Care Studies at Birmingham City University and leads to the graduate being awarded a BSc (Hons) in Diagnostic Radiography.

Pharmacy Technician

As a pharmacy technician, you would work under the supervision of a qualified pharmacist, preparing and supplying items of medicine that make up a prescription. You would be employed in a medical centre, field hospital or one of the Defence Medical Groups (DMG) Hospitals.

Pharmacy technicians need to be good communicators and be able to work in an organised, methodical way.


Phase 2 training takes two and a half years to complete and takes place at the Defence Centre of Health and Education Training in Lichfield. On successful completion of your training you will be awarded a BTEC NC in applied sciences (Pharmaceutical) /Level 3 (NVQ) Diploma in Pharmacy Service Skills.

Biomedical Scientist

Biomedical Scientists provide comprehensive medical laboratory services in haematology, transfusion, clinical chemistry and microbiology to assist Medical Officers and clinical teams worldwide in deployed and non-deployed environments.

They also perform a key role in screening for diseases, identifying those caused by bacteria and viruses and monitoring the effects of medication and other treatments.


Phase 2 training takes three and a half years to complete and this takes place at the Defence School of Health Care Studies at Birmingham City University and leads to the graduate being awarded a BSc (Hons) with the institution of Biomedical Science.

Environmental Health Technician

The Environmental Health Technicians (EHT) role is to provide health force protection both on and off operations in order to enhance and maintain military capability.  They advise commanders on all aspects of environmental health, occupational hygiene, disease prevention, environmental protection and also conduct reconnaissance missions overseas before military deployments.


Phase 2 training takes three years and takes place at the Defence Centre of Health and Education Training in Lichfield. After completing training, you will have achieved the BSc (Hons) Degree in Environmental Health Sciences from Leeds Beckett University, NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health and a BPCA Certificate in Pest Control.

Combat Medical Technician

A Combat Medical Technician (CMT) is a soldier who has received specialist training in field medicine. CMTs are deployed throughout the world, supporting the British Army whenever they go into combat as well as providing support in natural disaster areas. CMTs receive phase 1, basic training the same as any British Army soldier.

Phase 2 training is done at the Defence Centre of Health and Education Training in Lichfield. The defence medic course consists of theory, practical medical modules and clinical placements in medical centres, hospitals and attachments to the ambulance trust. It takes fifty weeks to complete and on completion you will get a level 4 Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) qualification.

As a CMT you will be providing medical support for soldiers both in barracks and on operations.

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