Medical specialisation within the RMR

tetrusboy

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Hi people,

does anyone know what the deal is with medical specialisation with in the RMR? I've heard of RM medical assistant and read the two sentences on the rm website. Is there an equivalent to the combat medical technician role of the army?

Any info. or first hand experience greatly appreciated.
 

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Unless you are already an RN Medical Assistant (MA) who has passed All-Arms Commando Course (ie: A Royal Navy Commando) or are a trained regular RM Commando with the Medical Assistant SQ, so far as I'm aware there are no RMR Commandos that currently undergo the 5 month full-time MA course at Keogh Barracks followed by the full-time 19 weeks qualifying on job training.

That said, maybe someone knows different but the official site states the following:

Specialist Qualifications

RMR Specialist Qualifications listed HERE

Having gained a few years experience as a General Duties Rifleman (GD) within their RMR Units. Marines, subject to suitability, will then be given the opportunity to attend Specialist Courses and gain a Specialist Qualification (SQ).

RMR Units have the responsibility of providing a pool of suitably trained volunteers for certain specialisation in order to augment the regular Corps if required. These specialisations are Landing Craft Coxswains, Assault Engineers, Heavy Weapons (Mortars) and Swimmer Canoeists.

Additional Qualifications

In addition to the Specialist Qualifications on offer, ranks are able to attend specific courses to gain a number of Additional Qualifications (AdQuals) to increase their employability with the Corps. Having gained certain AdQuals, ranks can join specialist organisations within the RMR. For example, a rank qualified as a Recce Leader would be in a position to join the RMR Brigade Patrol Troop.

The majority of courses are abridged versions of those undertaken by regulars, courses usually last two to four weeks. Four-week courses are divided up into separate two-week packages. As reservists progress through the ranks in the RMR, they can attend further courses in their chosen specialisation that are of a more advanced nature (e.g.. LC3 - Marine; LC2 - Corporal; LC1 - Sergeant). However, many reservists are given the opportunity to attend the full courses undertaken by regulars if they are able to make the time available.

Reservists continue to develop and practise their chosen specialisation or AdQual within their RMR Units. In addition members of the RMR are encouraged to work, exercise and operate with their specialist counterparts within the regular Corps whenever possible. There are constant opportunities for Full Time Reserve Service (FTRS) for specialists within the Regular Corps.
 

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Hi Ninja,

thanks for the speedy reply. Are civvie qualifications taken into account and some sort of cross over course offered? I know that from military to civvie techies the NHS offers short courses to ensure that geriatric/paediatric skills are revised and brought up to date.

Apologies for all the questions.
 

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It would be wrong for me to advise that this is available as the list of RMR SQ's does not linclude Medical Assistants (other than those who are qualified in the regular RN/RM previously).

There may well be the flexibility to "militarise" civilian paramedic qualifications or for ODA/ODP qualified individuals, in a foreshortened course, however my understanding is the military documentation aspects are the stumbling block rather than the "hands on" blood & snot bits.

When all's said & done, as it's a fairly specialised field, you would be best advised speaking to the Training Staff directly at your local RMR unit rather than the AFCO, who are not best placed to advise "in service" career development several years after starting RMR Recruit Training.
 

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Cheers Ninja, I will talk to the training team just thought i'd see if you could shed some light on the issue first. It's difficult when in the RMR becasue of the short contact time when not training at HQ.
 

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