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Medical Officer Reserve
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Medical Officer Reserve

Play an essential role on the frontline of the medical profession, supporting vital naval operations, all over the world.

CiviliansHumanitarian aidHealthcare
  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Surface Fleet
  • Royal Naval Reserve
  • Officer level

At a glance

Use your medical skills to support vital Royal Navy operations, performing in challenging environments, all over the world. From primary care in conflict zones, to leadership in a tri-service hospital, you’ll be on the frontline of the medical profession.
As a Medical Officer in the Royal Navy Reserve I am able to support military and humanitarian operations worldwide. It’s a challenging and rewarding environment in which to practise and increase my knowledge.


Royal Navy Reserve Medical Officer

Role details

What you’ll do

Being a Medical Officer (Reserve) means using your skills to support vital Royal Navy operations, all over the world. You’ll encounter some of the most challenging environments imaginable, so you you’ll develop both personally and professionally. You don’t need any Royal Navy experience, just the desire to practise where you’re needed most, experiencing and doing things few medical professionals can imagine.

Your role

  • Deliver world class healthcare as part of a highly skilled and motivated team.
  • Provide vital support to maritime and wider military operations across the globe.
  • Provide support in a range of challenging conditions at sea, on land or in the air. Adapt to a variety of platforms including state of the art warships such as the new Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier.
  • With experience, take on the challenge of responsibility for the delivery of clinical care by leading a team of clinicians.
  • Travel the world as part of the front line medical services team.

Pay & benefits

  • Daily rates of pay equivalent to those of full-time personnel
  • Annual tax-free bounty subject to meeting the minimum training commitment
  • Paid leave in proportion to the number of training days attended
  • Automatic membership of the non-contributory Armed Forces Pension Scheme
  • Expenses and allowances when undergoing training
  • Access to sports and fitness facilities
  • Opportunities for adventurous training (AT)

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • The opportunity to undergo formal management training on reserve staff and command courses
  • Attain NHS accredited qualifications through military service that transpose directly to your civilian medical occupation e.g. Military Operational Surgical Training (MOST) and Battlefield Advanced Trauma Life Support (BATLS) and underwater medicine course

Skills you'll develop

  • Your medical skills will be broadened and enhanced with direct benefit to your civilian practice
  • You will be trained and developed by an organisation recognised for its ability to turn out world class leaders


  • You must be aged 21 and up to 55, (or 56 if you're serving or an ex-regular), when you start training
  • 5 GCSEs grades C/4, which must include English Language and Mathematics
  • A medical degree (MBBS or equivalent)
  • General Medical Council (GMC) registration, with no restrictions
  • A registered consultant with one of the following specialist qualifications would be considered: Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetist, Intensivist, General Surgery, Trauma Orthopedic.
  • Candidates on a medical specialisation training pathway will also be considered
  • You must be a British or Irish national, a Commonwealth citizen,  or a Dual National. Dual nationality restrictions do apply
  • You need to be within the healthy range for Body Mass Index (BMI) 
  • Pass the Naval Swimming Test

Skills & Interests

Joining Process

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