Against field postings for QAs?

#1
Why are so many QA's so desperate to avoid field postings? I was talking to one who was horrified at being posted to a Medical regt never having left an MDHU. What's the drama guys? Get out there and join the rest of the AMS and see what the army is really about!
 
#2
I was first female QA to get posted to 24 Airmobile Field Ambulance back in 1988. Beat working in a hospital hands down, what I joined the Army for.
 
#3
Flambo said:
. What's the drama guys? Get out there and join the rest of the AMS and see what the army is really about!
AMS & real Army is the same sentence, you don't see that very often

Im sure 1 or 2 QA's may have a general idea of what the Army is about without having to join a field unit.
 
#4
Let them see what real life is like,instead of laughing at the poor b88stid going to the STC passed their Wards-(wasn't me,honest)
 
#5
Flambo said:
Why are so many QA's so desperate to avoid field postings?
PT
Exercises
Tentage
Guard Duties
Dull meaningless drudgery of day to day life in a field unit when not deployed
 
#7
There is always the old whinge about clinical competence being affected. Rubbish if you ask me. Senior QAs in these units should be ensuring that the SGPL is being adhered to or pass it up if it is not. I am thoroughly enjoying being away from the MDHUs and the AMS in general and I suspect it will make me a more rounded QA (and I don't just mean around the waist/arrse as this is seldom a problem in our Corps)
 
#9
Flambo said:
Get out there and join the rest of the AMS and see what the army is really about!
Nice to see you returned from your latest exploits safe and sound Flambo..!!

I think nurses are comfortable working in MDHU's as it is a safe environment for them. I never got posted to a field unit/med regt but have been deployed with them on a few occasions. It certainly hasn't done my career any harm. But I would cetainly recommend to any of my junior soldiers to look beyond the MDHU's and even beyond the AMS in general..!! There are plenty of Infantry regts with LSN's for Nurses as you well know.
 
#10
Best thing about a field unit when not deployed? No whinging patients!! :D
 
#11
Karabiner said:
Flambo said:
Why are so many QA's so desperate to avoid field postings? I was talking to one who was horrified at being posted to a Medical regt never having left an MDHU. What's the drama guys? Get out there and join the rest of the AMS and see what the army is really about!
I suspect that you are talking about a small minority. In my 33 years of Army nursing I have spoken to many many nurses most of whom cannot wait to get to a field unit as it is what they say they joined for. It is also worth considering that a substantial number of nurses deploy on operations from MDHUs, surely it doesn't get much more real?
Ah, we are talking Field units, not that cosy soft hash of a cross over between the NHS and the army that is your typical civvy led MDHU!
 
#13
The majority of the Nurses Cpl- Capt posted into 3 + 5 Med Regt have found their way into the Medical Centre..

All they have done since being posted into the Regiment is whinge that they shouldnt be there, that there job is in MDHU's etc etc..


On the other side there are some cracking Nurses that love fieldcraft and adapting to routine Regimental Life (sweeping leaves,tentage, Naafi breaks) also are assets to their respective RAP's...
 
#14
Markintime said:
Filbert Fox said:
Flambo said:
Why are so many QA's so desperate to avoid field postings?
PT
Exercises
Tentage
Guard Duties
Dull meaningless drudgery of day to day life in a field unit when not deployed
Oi! Those leaves don't sweep themselves you know.
of course not!

Slightly off topic but anyone remember the muster parades on Monday and Friday mornings at the CMH? JR Males only!!! Basically consisted of getting up early (another reason not to go to field units!), getting inspected by the duty SNCO followed by a litter sweep outside the front of the hospital and down the whole of Gun Hill.
 
#15
Filbert Fox said:
Markintime said:
Filbert Fox said:
Flambo said:
Why are so many QA's so desperate to avoid field postings?
PT
Exercises
Tentage
Guard Duties
Dull meaningless drudgery of day to day life in a field unit when not deployed
Oi! Those leaves don't sweep themselves you know.
of course not!

Slightly off topic but anyone remember the muster parades on Monday and Friday mornings at the CMH? JR Males only!!! Basically consisted of getting up early (another reason not to go to field units!), getting inspected by the duty SNCO followed by a litter sweep outside the front of the hospital and down the whole of Gun Hill.
Only too well, especially after a Thursday night NAAFI drinking session, I remember one time (summer 1984) being found by cleaner still in toilets in the NAAFI half hour before parade. Still don't know how I passed that inspection.
 
#16
Longlostlabtech said:
Filbert Fox said:
Markintime said:
Filbert Fox said:
Flambo said:
Why are so many QA's so desperate to avoid field postings?
PT
Exercises
Tentage
Guard Duties
Dull meaningless drudgery of day to day life in a field unit when not deployed
Oi! Those leaves don't sweep themselves you know.
of course not!

Slightly off topic but anyone remember the muster parades on Monday and Friday mornings at the CMH? JR Males only!!! Basically consisted of getting up early (another reason not to go to field units!), getting inspected by the duty SNCO followed by a litter sweep outside the front of the hospital and down the whole of Gun Hill.
Only too well, especially after a Thursday night NAAFI drinking session, I remember one time (summer 1984) being found by cleaner still in toilets in the NAAFI half hour before parade. Still don't know how I passed that inspection.
Enough guys, I get upset when I think back to what we used to be able to offer our Servicemen with our Military Hospitals. Selly Oak may be a centre of surgical excellence but it is not a Military Hospital and you can paint the whole place green and black with red lead floors and it still wont be.
 
#17
Ive no idea either!
 
#18
Flambo said:
Ah, we are talking Field units, not that cosy soft hash of a cross over between the NHS and the army that is your typical civvy led MDHU!
:? the art of gibberish, alive & well in Field units.
 
#20
So 2 yrs in 16 Fld Amd has given me no idea what its like. Its what drove me to a career change from MA to SEN
 

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