TRAINING YOU’LL RECEIVE
Your career will start with Initial Officer Training at the RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire. You will follow a challenging 24-week course designed to develop your leadership and management skills. The course includes fitness development, military training and academic study as well as practical outdoor leadership challenges.
Phase 2 training for the RAF Medical Support Officer 1 is through completion of the Initial Medical Support Officer Course during the first year of your first tour as a junior officer. Initial Medical Support Officer Course is based initially at the Defence College of Healthcare Education and Training near Lichfield, with distributed learning placements at several other units. The course introduces the 5 pillars of the Medical Support Officer Branch (Operations, Logistics, Training, Primary and Secondary Healthcare Management and Administration); it will provide you with an understanding of healthcare in its widest sense and how health services are provided in a military context.
Over a period of approximately 10 weeks, you will be detached to HQ Air Command, HQ Surgeon General and HQ Tactical Medical Wing. On completion of this course, various Phase 3 training courses will be provided to support your initial postings/roles. Most personnel should expect to complete the Medical Readiness Training course provided by HQ Tactical Medical Wing at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. Phase 2 and (initial) Phase 3 training will be completed over an 18-month period and will collectively provide a comprehensive introduction to RAF Medical Services and Defence Medical Services, as well starting to develop the knowledge and skills that you will require to enjoy a successful career as a Medical Support Officer.