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MEDICAL ASSISTANT (GENERAL SERVICE)

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    Average pay:
    RN and RM Officers and Ratings Rates of Pay 2009
    Age on entry:
    17-36
    Nationality:
    British, Irish, Commonwealth or British/ dual citizenship
    Qualifications:
    No specific qualifications are needed
    Gender:
    Medical Assistants can be men or women

    What's the benefit?

    • Six weeks paid leave a year, plus public holidays,
    • Pay in the RN and RM compares well with civilian life. As well as basic pay, we offer extra money for special skills, specialist service (in submarines and aircraft for example),
    • A good, non-contributory, pension scheme,
    • Job security,
    • Training opportunities - the Royal Navy is one of the largest training organisations in the UK,
    • Extra qualifications - everyone joining the Royal Navy studies for a Level 2 Apprenticeship appropriate to their specialisation and has the opportunity to study for extra qualifications regardless of their rank. Many training courses lead either wholly or in part to civilian recognised qualifications,
    • Sporting opportunities - you will all have free access to high-quality sports facilities in every shore establishment and in most ships,
    • Free Medical and Dental care,
    • Your accommodation at sea is free! and the Royal Navy also offers heavily subsidised accommodation when you are working and living ashore,
    • The Royal Navy offers competitive rates of pay, for more information contact
      08456 07 55 55 or your local Armed Forces Careers Office
    Job description

    Medical Assistants provide essential medical care in a demanding and sometimes dangerous environment. You will become an expert in advanced first aid and life saving in addition to your regular duties of medical care and administration and, of course, playing a full role as a member of a ship's company.

    We offer most people the security of a Full Career, which is 18 years or to age 40, whichever is later. Some people may have the opportunity to serve for longer, depending on their wishes and the needs of the Service. However, if you want to leave the Royal Navy, you can submit 12 months' notice two and a half years after the end end of your initial professional training. The exact length of this training period depends on the particular job you do and the level of training it requires. All new recruits have a right of discharge at 14 days notice after 4 weeks, within the first 6 months of service, regardless of career terms.

    On board

    Name: Alexis Jackson
    Age: 24

    What is the main difference joining the Royal Navy has made to your life?
    Financial stability is one important change. I've bought my own house and I have a lodger looking after it while I'm at sea.

    How else has life changed?
    Before joining the Royal Navy, I cared for the elderly. I loved every minute but I wasn't getting what I needed. The main surprise was fitness training. It was a struggle to meet the standard, but so satisfying when I did.

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