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I am delighted to have been given the privilege of being appointed as our Association Chair, and I accept the challenge! As you know, there has been much work done by my predecessor, and I hope - with your help and suggestions - to build on his efforts. As he pointed out when he took on this appointment, we remain an ageing organisation. Inevitably, this will lead to a shrinking membership unless more can be done to attract the younger population and try to bring as many as possible into the fold. In addition, it seems that there are many of us who, apart from connecting through different social media outlets and other organisations (official and unofficial) perhaps make less use than they might of the more formal RAMC Association Branch structure. Our ability to assist our veterans requires further co-ordination and appropriate signposting if the right help at the right time is to be made available. We, in the Association, need to work in concert with all the other RAMC “clubs”, seeking their views to move towards providing, together, the best support and fellowship possible to all RAMC veterans.

Most of what we do is rightly focussed on our Branches. The Regional structure is there to help with co-ordination to ensure that we deliver the same levels of support and Fellowship across the board and to streamline the structure by sharing good ideas and avoiding repetition of the bad ones! The Executive Committee performs a similar co-ordinating function and acts as the link with the RAMC Charity. It is perhaps useful to underline that the Executive Committee depends on input from Branches (through Regional representatives if appropriate) if it is to work in your favour.

I took over this post on November 1st this year. My first duties included attendance at the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey and heading the March Past of our contingent in Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday. These occasions allowed me to meet with Association members I had not met before (as well as some I already knew) and underlined for me the importance of these major, central events. My exhortation to those marching on Remembrance Sunday was “Thank you all for coming - next year, bring a friend!”. We all have local Remembrance events, and these are important occasions. But attendance at the Cenotaph parade is a great national experience, and one which in my view should be on every veteran’s bucket list. Please consider it as a possibility in future.

May I take this occasion to wish every one of you, and those dear to you, the best possible Christmas and an exceptional 2023.

In Arduis Fidelis.
Ken Millar