Army – Healthcare, Science and Chaplaincy Careers

Army – Healthcare, Science and Chaplaincy Careers


[MUSIC PLAYING] Choice– that’s what life in the
Army gives you. You’d be surprised by the amount
of job opportunities that exist and career paths you
can take in the Army, from aviation to administration,
combat and security, and all the types of trade jobs
you can imagine. There are also more than a dozen
roles in health care, science, and chaplaincy, roles
that will challenge you and take you out of your
comfort zone. Maintaining the oral health of
soldiers is an important part of keeping the Army healthy. And as the dentist or dental
assistant, you’ll find it’s much like working in the
civilian world, only the patients are in uniform. And you can apply your skills in
many unique and challenging environments, both on base
or on deployment. So in the next month, we’re
about to deploy with the US Navy to the Pacific regions to
provide dental care within the local communities. Medical officers work in areas
as diverse as primary care, trauma, rehabilitation,
and more. They, of course, work closely
with nursing officers who spend most of their time
managing their staff and running the wards within
our military hospitals. And as you’d expect, they also
spend a large amount of time nursing soldiers and officers. Pharmaceutical officers perform
the same kind of work they would if they were
in the civilian world. They look after medical
logistics, supervise pharmaceutical accounts, and
manage medical equipment. Physiotherapy is required for
soldiers and officers who need pre- and post-operative care,
rehabilitation, and sports medicine in hospitals. Psychologists also play an
important part in the Army. Psychologists will conduct
selection interviewing, post-operational screening,
and research. With greater experience and
skill development, they may also become involved in the
assessment and counselling of soldiers, critical incident
mental health support, clinical assessment and
intervention, occupational analysis, personnel management
advice, and the provision of support to deployed troops. Combat paramedics is a role in
the Army Reserve for qualified paramedics. They play a key role to ensure
the evacuation of casualties, resuscitation for the sick
and wounded, and provide essential, independent,
prehospital emergency care. Medical operators are often the
first person on the scene to treat sick or injured
soldiers. In the absence of a nurse or
doctor, they provide health care support in many challenging
situations. What I like most about
my job is the fact that I can help somebody. And in any situation, I’ll have
that sort of training that I’ll know what to
do and potentially save someone’s life. Ensuring potential occupational
health risks are assessed and controlled is vital
to preventing disease or injury to Army personnel in
the field and barracks. The Army employs soldiers in
preventative medicine to ensure these risks
are minimised. They work hand in hand
environmental health officers who are responsible for the
planning, development, and coordination of workplace health
strategies such as workplace health and safety and
pest control for the Army. Preventative medicine is a very
important role in Army. It allows us to deploy to
different areas and reduce the impact that certain dangers
have on us, for example, vector control to
reduce diseases. This involves killing mosquitoes
and controlling other vectors. We also do lots of water testing
to make sure that water is potable for
soldiers to drink. Scientific officers,
pathologists, aid medical practitioners in the diagnosis,
monitoring, and prevention of disease
through the analysis of biological specimens. In civilian life, you would
generally only work in one area, say, in the
blood banking. Whereas we get to work here in
haematology, biochemistry, immunohematology, and
microbiology. So it gives you that variety. And it’s great to be able to
have all of that knowledge rather than just a
specific area. Army chaplains are key to
providing spiritual support for soldiers and their families
in a variety of challenging places. Padres, you see, are very
much a listening ear. I think it’s important in the
first aspect that they have a listening ear. Sometimes, they just
feel very alone. And they do need to have someone
who’s going to listen to them and help them. In the Army, you’re always
helping people, from delivering medical assistance in
conflict-affected areas to giving pastoral support
on the front line. It’s a career with experiences
you won’t get anywhere else. Maybe it’s time to challenge
yourself. [MUSIC PLAYING]

Daniel Yohans

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