There are many who envy the life of the EHT's in the Field Hygene Teams.
The independant lifestyle, out on the road all the time, frequently left to their own devices and the occasional missed meals allowance, seems to have touched a raw nerve with FINCO. I seem to remember many years back you were not quite so vocal about the Special Medical Investigation Unit when it was based in MPH
Of course, if the rest of you roughty tufty soldiers could concentrate a bit more on keeping your unit lines a bit more hygenic, instead of whinging, we would be able to save may of the Environmental Health Technician slots and reallocate them to front line healthcare roles.
Until the rest of you start to clean up your act we are going to need FHTs for some time to come. IMHO The Ratcatchers have one of the most disgusting and thankless tasks in the Army.
Remember it is a "real" shitty job and someone's got to do it.
[Why do members of the Corps turn into right tw*ts when they deploy with a FHT?]
Having been on both sides of the divide here, I think I am qualified to pass comment on this one. I used to be in a section that was forever referred to as a cowboy section. Yes it used to wind us up to a degree, however, whenever one of the team went on course to Ashford or wherever, they were always up to date with ITDs etc. Professionally, everyone in the team was good or they were not allowed to do the job. Yes there were a few people in the team who thought they were a bit special, but at the end of the day all they had done was complete a course that anyone in the Corps can attempt and stand a fairly decent chance of passing. I think, there is a certain amount of jealousy creeps in however, from people outside the team because they think their own job is less sexy. Later on in my career, I was posted to a mainstream section. Now it did seem that the guys from the more specialised sections were a bit cliquey, but at the end of the day they are a team working close together. It must be said though, that there will always be individuals who are a little cavalier in their outlook and dont do themselves or their teams any favours. It may upset some people but some of our reservist friends feature highly in this area.[/quote]
It must be said though, that there will always be individuals who are a little cavalier in their outlook and dont do themselves or their teams any favours. It may upset some people but some of our reservist friends feature highly in this area.
I am presently working in an FHT Unit and I must just say that surely the people who are known as knobs were knobs before they joined the unit. There are those few who get the entire lot of us tarred with the same brush. It doesn't take a single course to turn somebody into stuck up primadona that some of you seem to think we are. As said we are a close knit unit who have a job to do, the same as the rest of you. Obviously those people who do call us as knobs have never worked within an FHT, and maybe are not inclined to do so. We have chosen our career paths, you have chosen yours. If you want to see what we do, do the courses and find out. It is easy to stand on the sidelines and hurl abuse at us, but why not try it before you pass judgement. You will find there are very few FHT Operators that you will not get on with. Even then it is down to your professionalism and integrity to get along with those you don't like. The ball is in your court. Remember that all the different jobs we do in Corps are important, and FHT is only one facet. Next year I will probably be in another non-FHT unit but you will not hear me bad mouthing the FHTs, or any other INT job for that matter.
I've also been part of the greatness that is the FHT and I have never met such a professional bunch of people. I think that people may mix up getting the job done without all the BS as being arrogant and coyboyish.
I would much rather work in this environment for all my career than de surrounded with jobsworths just looking for things to bollock you for because they feel the need to justify their existences.
Wherever you go you will find nobbers though that shouldn't detach from the fact that sometimes even these nobbers are damn good at what they do!