We need every soldier and officer to be fit and well, so that we have an active, capable Army. That means protecting our troops’ health and wellbeing, wherever they are in the world. As an Environmental Health Technician, you advise commanders on environmental health, occupational hygiene, preventing disease and environmental protection. Whenever troops are deployed, you go out beforehand on reconnaissance missions to check out the location and risks. It’s important work – but don’t worry – you’ll get the highest standard of training.
You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle. Your initial training will be at either Pirbright or Winchester and last for 14 weeks.
Then you’ll begin practical training at the Defence School of Healthcare Education. At the same time, you’ll do a BSc (Hons) degree in Environmental Health from Leeds Beckett University. You will gain a NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health and a BPCA Certificate in Pest Control over three years.
Age: 17 years 9 months - 35 years 6 monthsQualifications: 104 UCAS points from 2 A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies. GCSE Grade A–C/9-4 in at least English Language, Maths and two sciences. For full entry criteria information, please visit the Leeds Beckett University WebsiteFitness:
All Environmental Health Technicians can gain postgraduate qualification throughout their career and you may also have the opportunity to study at MSc level.
Learn about rank progression here.
“As part of my training I undertook a 10-month placement with the Environmental Health team in Cyprus. I had the chance to put my theoretical knowledge to practical use in food hygiene, pest control, occupational health and safety and disease investigation. I deployed to Jordan in 2014 on an Environmental Health reconnaissance mission supporting an infantry unit. My responsibilities included advising senior commanders on issues regarding food hygiene, water safety, the placement of camps, disease risks, pests and vectors, climatic injuries and waste disposal methods – information that’s needed to protect the health and well-being of a deployed force.” – LCpl Eachtu
Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre, you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.