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    Hi guys, i'm an ex bootneck currently doing the maritime security, and I've been considering rejoining and going down the medic route for some time now. Specialising as an MA is something I had always planned to do but didn't, I would like to know whether its possible for me to do the open university paramedic course if I was to rejoin as an RM medical assistant? I know this is a work sponsored degree so hopefully it is something I could do through the marines?
    I've had a quick look at paramedic science courses at uni, although with me being a typical mong and having not done any sciences or anything relevant at school, I highly doubt I could secure myself a place at uni and do it as a civvy.
    I'm not even that concerned with what service I rejoin if it would lead to me getting degree level qualified eventually. Do the army ever put people through university courses to achieve this? any advice at all would be greatly appreciated guys, I will be going in to the AFCO to have a chat too but i'm sure i'll get more knowledge from you guys here who have already done it.

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    I think the RAF medical branch use the university paramedic route.
    Give them a call.
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    Quote Originally Posted by harryfakename View Post
    ... I will be going in to the AFCO to have a chat too but i'm sure i'll get more knowledge from you guys here who have already done it.
    Firstly bear in mind they are having a recruitment drive at the moment so will probably tell you whatever you want to hear. Secondly, bear in mind you will now be talking to a Capita employee not a member of the armed forces. Also, I believe the current procedure now is that you apply to join on line and only then, will you be called in for an interview. There is no more popping in for a chat. It is possible that since the system changed they decided it wasn't working and changed it back but things may not be as you expect.

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    Bristolmedic: thanks, I've had a little look at their website so far and there does seem to be something about possible opportunities regarding becoming a registered paramedic with them, it mentioned something about signing up for an initial 9 years though! i'll look into it further.

    littlewoman: thanks, i'm quite lucky I guess in that they're not a bad bunch at my local afco, ive been in many times to chat with them and have been going in recently anyway when signing up for the reserves. the downside is that they don't really know anything about whats going on and had no clue regarding my open uni question. I think my best bet is maybe just visit my old unit and see a few of the medics and the folks at the education center if no one here knows?

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    Ha ha Harry... 'Royal'

    The heading finished here: "advice needed regarding rejoining and going down"

    I was ready to offer some advice mate

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    carl: haha, don't worry, it will probably end up being changed soon to "advice needed regarding rejoining and going down the armoury to shoot myself" if I find out I've got to join the RAF for the next 9 years to get qualified.

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    A up Harry,
    Im ex-booty paramedic as of two years ago. The corp wont sponsor you, you'll need to fund it yourself if you re-join. You can get it through the MA/corp route but youll have to join, do your MA course (1.5 year course), gain medical experience at a unit before going poole but they have only a few guys a year on it (this is how i got mine).

    Other options can be Ronin SA, pay to get out there and get your techs done. Once you gain your 750 hours in the uk on the ambulance service, then go get your paras either with ronin or back in the uk.

    Or go to a uk paramedic uni for two years and get the qual that way. Ive got mates (again ex-bootys) that have gone down both these routes if you want ill put you in touch with them? They will be able to tell you more ie costs, pre-entry exams etc.

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    oggy: thanks for the reply mate, was exactly what I was needing. I assumed i'd have to pay for the open uni course myself which is no problem providing I can actually do it as an MA. with the long training and 3 year return of service if I went medic, I guess the time it takes wouldn't be too much of an issue anyway.
    I was looking at ronin, seems like a great course and i'd get my fpos advanced and ambulance tech, but then there's no guarantee I can get a tech job where I live when back. i'm away to see an advisor regarding uni just to see if I could do it that way, but I think it would mean college first to get my sciences.
    I think the corps medic route sounds like my best option then and its something I always wanted to do anyway. thanks again mate and i'll shoot you a pm if any more questions pop up!

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    No worries mate, enjoy keogh or leconsfield where you do you MA training.

    Which ever route you go you can get a zero hour contract with the local amb service easy enough to get your hours up.

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