Hello, thank you for spending time on reading this question. I've read other forums, websites but I still have some questions and would like to hear from you guys. I plan on going for BMT first, then get a scholarship, then serve bond.
1) If I go BMT and realised that the military life is not suitable for me, can I still back out? (yea, I know this qns might offend some ppl out there, but I want to spend my time serving in an area suitable for me, and so yea)
2) If i wanna get a scholarship, is this the sequence? (BTW, do I go SCS if i wanna be a Combat Medic?)
BMT -> Get the scholarship -> OCS/SCS -> Study U -> 6 year bond
3) After the 6 year bond, can I still continue?
4) Last but not least, are there any females out there in combat medic? And, is there any factor/experience to consider/share about life as a combat medic? If I have slight fear of blood, is it advisable for me to become one?
Thanks in advance! :D
Here's my direct unofficial answers to your questions.
1. I guess you can - provided you have not taken any scholarship payments for your tuition fees, etc. You will have to pay back everything you have taken from MINDEF.
2. What's your current education level ? It depends on whether you sign and get sponsored polytechnic education, or you are hoping to get scholarship to further a degree course.
Do note that they have very strict and narrow list for courses they will award scholarship for.
3. Regulars can continue indefinitely until their retirement age, provided their work is delivered at least satisfactorily. (ie. if you are charged for offences, lazy bum, etc. you may get condemned and not get renewed, or even early discharge;aka fired).
4. Combat medics are basically battlefield medics. They are trained to a high degree of proficiency and first and foremost expected to be combat fit (ie. you need to pass IPPT/SOC and combat medic course, physically fit to carry stretcher, etc.). There are a handful of female combat medics.
Afraid of blood, then very difficult. I guess it will be difficult even to be a civilian nurse...what more a combat medic. In wartime and even peacetime training, they are expected to be relied on to treat casualties, including trauma casualties from accidents, gunshots, broken limbs, etc. If you are afraid of blood....I don't know how you can cope.
Also they have to be certified regularly to handle CPR, IV drip, etc.
How about you consider another vocation?