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    I've heard snippets of info about work as an army pharmacist. It's probably a long shot but is there anyone who has worked in the armed forces or who can tell me more about work in the army ??
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    Re: Army Pharmacy ??

    There have been articles in the PJ on this, so may be worth a hunt through the website.
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      I looked at this as an avenue to explore, but wasnt content with the whole package. It looks good on the CV but it's not full time, the pay is extremly low, and basicly requires alot of effort and hassle for mimimal gain.

      What happens is that most likely the job would be with the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) which is a non-fighting arm of the TA, and the position is called pharmacy officer, for which you have to be between 18 and 35, and possess a MPharm degree.

      When you join it is as a normal soldier, and over two weekends they assess whether your'e suitable for the officers' course, if you pass this you have to go on a four weeks officers course at the Sandhurst academy, to be trained to become an officer, they teach you things about leadership, logistics, weapons, map-reading etc... if you pass this you become a Professionaly Qualified Officer (PQO), after this you are commited to attend a certain number of training weekends each year.

      With most TA units (none specialist) you train for about 3 hours one night a week. About one weekend a month and also 2 week training camps per year, the camp may be in the UK or overseas after basic training. The weekend transport leaves the TA centre at about 1800hrs on a Friday night, you return by lunchtime on the Sunday. The training nights are paid at 25% of a full days pay. The weekend is normally equal to 2 days pay. daily pay is £59.24 for a PQO and increases as you move up in rank. also you get a bonus for meeting your minimum commitment, which is £400 in the first year, so from all this the yearly income comes to about 3.5k.

      and thats really it, you can still hold down a normal job, until you are called upon by the army to go on duty.
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        Thanks a lot for the info guys
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          Re: Army Pharmacy ??

          Originally posted by SolomonQ View Post
          I looked at this as an avenue to explore, but wasnt content with the whole package. It looks good on the CV but it's not full time, the pay is extremly low, and basicly requires alot of effort and hassle for mimimal gain.

          What happens is that most likely the job would be with the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) which is a non-fighting arm of the TA, and the position is called pharmacy officer, for which you have to be between 18 and 35, and possess a MPharm degree.

          When you join it is as a normal soldier, and over two weekends they assess whether your'e suitable for the officers' course, if you pass this you have to go on a four weeks officers course at the Sandhurst academy, to be trained to become an officer, they teach you things about leadership, logistics, weapons, map-reading etc... if you pass this you become a Professionaly Qualified Officer (PQO), after this you are commited to attend a certain number of training weekends each year.

          With most TA units (none specialist) you train for about 3 hours one night a week. About one weekend a month and also 2 week training camps per year, the camp may be in the UK or overseas after basic training. The weekend transport leaves the TA centre at about 1800hrs on a Friday night, you return by lunchtime on the Sunday. The training nights are paid at 25% of a full days pay. The weekend is normally equal to 2 days pay. daily pay is £59.24 for a PQO and increases as you move up in rank. also you get a bonus for meeting your minimum commitment, which is £400 in the first year, so from all this the yearly income comes to about 3.5k.

          and thats really it, you can still hold down a normal job, until you are called upon by the army to go on duty.
          That's correct information for the TA. There are also 11 full time posts with the army for phamacists.

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            Re: Army Pharmacy ??

            Originally posted by ferretmanabu View Post
            That's correct information for the TA. There are also 11 full time posts with the army for phamacists.
            Those are never advertised, so I assume they are all already taken by people who don't wish to leave them, whenever you hear about army pharmacy positions they are always with the TA.
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