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We are just settling into new order and new structure not just here at HQ Army Medical Services but across the Army as a whole following the recent Army Command Review; what was the Army Medical Directorate (AMD) now ceases to exist and has been dissolved into the HQ AMS and the 2* Directorates at Army Headquarters. We no longer have a Director General of the Army Medical Services (DGAMS) so there has been a period of “turbulence” whilst we settle into the new command structures.

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I, as the first Army Medical Services Command Sergeant Major (AMS Comd SM) work directly to the AMS Corps Colonel; also, we now have a “Command Sergeant Major” network throughout the Army which is headed up by the newly appointed Army Sergeant Major (Army SM) WO1 Glenn Haughton; the concept is still in its infancy but is proving to be invaluable as it ensures that the soldiers of today are represented at every level of Command all the way up to CGS’s level to whom the Army SM works to

Our AMS units have been extremely busy since the end of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan; I get around all the units of the

AMS and in general the soldiers are thriving on the unique opportunities on offer throughout both the AMS and wider Army. We have some fantastic, bright, talented young soldiers who are ensuring the Army Medical Services are seen in a positive light across the Army and wider defence.

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 28 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.