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There is currently an employment vacancy at the Royal Hospital Chelsea for a Captain of Invalids. The cut-off date to apply is 26 April 2024.

In the link below is the Job Description, where this role is shown to be suited to a former DE or LE Commissioned Officer.

The other link below give more information on the role and how to apply.

https://www.chelsea-pensioners.co.uk/jobs/company-captain-captain-invalids
https://uk.linkedin.com/jobs/view/captain-of-invalids-welfare-officer-at-royal-hospital-chelsea-3884618453

Any queries or assistance in completing the online application form should be directed to: human.resource@chelsea-pensioners.org.uk

National Secretary
April 2024

10 April 2024

To the serving Regular and Reserve personnel, and to the Veteran communities, of the four Corps of the AMS,

The Army has been actively and deliberately considering the benefits of a possible amalgamation of the Royal Army Medical Corps, Royal Army Veterinary Corps, Royal Army Dental Corps and Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, collectively known as the Army Medical Services. This work is known as Project VICTORIA with the Assistant Chief of the General Staff as the Senior Responsible Officer. In 2022 the Executive Committee of the Army Board decided that the Royal Army Veterinary Corps would remain an independent Corps for legal and operational reasons. The focus then moved to the three human healthcare Corps. These discussions have involved senior serving members of each Corps and the respective Colonels Commandant and are at an advanced stage. However, no final decisions have been taken.

The most recent Westminster Abbey Turning of the Pages (TOP) Ceremony took place on Saturday 6 April 2024 and was undertaken by members of 214 Multi-Role Medical Regiment (214 MMR). Also in attendance was the Corps Col AMS, Rep Sgt Maj RAMC, and the Kent Branch Standard.

National Secretary
April 2024



'In the footsteps of a WWII army doctor’ is a memoir based on the diaries and letters of Kenneth Hulbert, who served in the Royal Army Medical Corps. Written by his daughter Anne, it covers dealing with casualties from the Battle of Britain, performing surgery on an ambulance train in Sudan, living through the Quit India riots in Poona, treating wounded soldiers from the Burma campaign and building a bamboo hospital in East Bengal (now Bangladesh) during the catastrophic Bengal famine of 1943 when three million died of starvation. The book describes some of the characters he met – the German pilot who was told that if the British operated on him he would never wake up (he survived), ‘Smiler’ the Sudanese waiter, the Italian prisoners of war who said, “We want to make love, not war” and the brave Gurkhas who never complained of pain. More than 40 years later his daughter retraced his steps, in Egypt, Sudan, India and Bangladesh, where she found the island where he had built the hospital in Cox’s Bazar.

In recent months, the behaviour of a few individuals towards others has fallen short of what is expected. I ask all of you, whether holding office or just members of the Association, to consider the following points when addressing others, either face to face or online:

  • Politeness is free; you will catch more flies with honey than vinegar.
  • We are all volunteers; consider that before a verbal attack or an aggressive email.
  • Harassment leading to resignation is counterproductive. Volunteers are hard to find.
  • Membership eligibility is laid down in the Association Rules, not at Branch level.
  • In any interface with other organisations, you represent the RAMC Association; any ill-considered behaviour brings the Association into disrepute.
  • Consider how you would feel if you received an aggressive email or harsh words.
  • Don’t react in anger, but with a considered response.
  • Pause and think before you press “send”. If in doubt, sleep on it.

I draw everyone’s attention to the Safeguarding and Personal Conduct Guidance document. It has been distributed to all Branches and is readily accessible on the Association website.

I am disappointed to have to make these observations to an Association established to maintain camaraderie between individuals who have served with the RAMC. Its current objectives include fostering esprit de corps and comradeship. A few individuals need reminding to behave in that spirit of comradeship. To get a point across it is not necessary to be aggressive or adopt a harassing or bullying tone. Most of you seem to be able to follow this, but a minority are fouling our nest by using unnecessary and inappropriate language and attitudes.

Col (Retd) Ken Millar
National Chair
RAMC Association
4 Apr 2024

The RAMC Association

William Boog LeishmanIn 1925, the RAMC Association was formed to further the camaraderie of WW1 Corps veterans with Sir William Leishman being the first President. There are now some 25 branches around UK with a predominantly veteran membership although most serving Corps members also are members centrally. The Association has traditionally been supported by Corps Funds and especially for the expenses of the branch standards and standard bearers.