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Medical Officer Cadet

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Royal Navy

Holywood, United Kingdom

Sir Jonathon Band

$5 to $25 million (USD)


Published 1686 days ago

The role at a glance
6 weeks

Of paid holiday every year

Tuition fees paid

Financial support through medical school


Starting salary during medical school as a cadet


Medical and dental care


Earn at least this amount after two years as a qualified Medical Officer


All around the world

What you’ll do

The Medical branch of the Royal Navy is full of dedicated healthcare professionals who support people in the UK and all over the world. And a Medical Officer Cadetship is designed to support the development of the next generation of military practitioners, giving them the skills they will need to tackle uniquely challenging environments, all over the world.

Your journey will start at university, where you’ll be able to apply to finish your studies in the Royal Navy, earning a salary and having the final three years’ fees paid for by us (not including any intercalation year). You'll complete your foundation years within military Joint Hospital Group Unit and go on to serve on board ships, submarines and shore establishments as a General Duties Medical Officer (GDMO), primarily responsible for the provision of first-class health care to our personnel.

Medical Officer Cadet, Medical Branch

I’ve learned a lot, both through my medical training at university, and within the Royal Navy where I’ve seen things I never imagined and provided primary and emergency care to personnel around the world.


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Your role
Following medical school you will complete your foundation training in one of the Joint Hospital Group's (JHG) NHS hospitals, you will complete clinical rotations, including primary care and emergency care before undertaking your officer training at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.
Flexibility is essential. You could be on the battlefield advancing the treatment of trauma victims, or specialising in major disciplines, from surgery to anaesthetics
Be part of a world-class medical service that’s respected far beyond the Armed Forces

What you’ll get
Skills for life
Qualifications you'll gain
Funding opportunities to continue personal and professional development and education
After spending time as a General Duties Medical Officer, the Royal Navy will offer to fund selected specialisms, subjective to service requirement
Skills you'll develop
How to be a leader and apply your medical knowledge in challenging conditions
Opportunities to specialise in major disciplines
Pay and benefits
A salary of at least £66,900 as a FY2 Medical Officer
Final three years of medical school fees paid for by us
Six weeks of paid holiday every year
Free medical and dental care
Sports and adventurous training opportunities

Career progression

Study at university, learn military skills, weekends at BRNC


Join a trust foundation program, rotate around specialties


Join Britannia Royal Naval College for 10 weeks of officer training


Become Lt Cdr, start working towards your chosen specialism

What you'll need
Aged 18 to 36
Cadetships are available for your final three years at a UK medical school (not including your intercalation year)
5 grades A*-C (9-4) Including grade 6 (B) or above in English Language and Maths
You must be a United Kingdom citizen or British Dual National. Dual Nationality restrictions do apply
You must have lived in the UK for 5 years continuously prior to application
A Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18 and 28
Pass the Naval Swimming Test

Skills and interests
Ambitious and passionate about medicine
A confident leader
Always calm under pressure
Have a spirit of adventure

Starting your career
Joining process
Initial training
Professional training

Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, the joining process is as follows:

Submit an application

Once you’ve registered your interest and have satisfied the basic eligibility criteria, you will be sent an online application form. Your recruiter will then check for cadetship availability prior to proceeding

NB: Applications should be submitted in the first year of university and the full application process must be completed in time for the Cadetship Selection Board which takes place towards the end of the second year of university.

Defence Aptitude Assessment (DAA)

You’ll be tested on: Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning, Work Rate, Spatial Reasoning, Electrical Comprehension and Mechanical Comprehension.
To prepare, you can practise the DAA


A formal interview to talk through your suitability for the role

Medical and eye tests

These are quite comprehensive and must be completed by one of our Ministry of Defence-approved doctors

Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT)

This involves completing a 2.4km run on a treadmill within a certain time, at a fitness centre near you

Admiralty Interview Board

This stage is unique to officers and takes place in two parts. A Pre Recorded Interview (PRI) is an online assessment which assesses your motivation to join the Royal Navy as an officer and your awareness of the Royal Navy. The Group Planning Exercise (GPE) is the second stage of the AIB and is an online competency based assessment which will take place on a separate day to the PRI. It will be conducted in a virtual group environment and you will be assessed on your contribution to the team based on your individual performance

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