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The Role of a Royal Navy General Duties Medical Officer in Helicopter Assault Force Operations: A Reflective Article
  1. Surg Lt JE Ritson, Royal Navy General Duties Medical Officer1 and
  2. C Wall2
  1. 1C/O Department of General Practice, RCDM, ICT Centre, Vincent Drive, Birmingham, B15 2SQ jonathanritson{at}
  2. 2Defence Lecturer in General Practice, RCDM, Birmingham


Royal Navy General Duties Medical Officers (RN GDMOs) are employed in land operations in Afghanistan in much the same way as British Army GDMOs. In this article the author explores how time with a Royal Marine Commando unit and completion of Commando training in parallel to thorough medical training are beneficial for the roles a RN GDMO is expected to undertake in Helicopter Assault Force Operations.

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