A recent experience on Ex LOYAL LEDGER had me in shock, nay almost disgust!! A Medical Sub Unit (clearly to remain annonymous) Commander ordered his/her medics to stick to conventional (?what is current conventional practice?) practice on hours worked; susequently when an exercise casualty arrived at that location the medic on the scene claimed that he/she could not treat the casualty as he/she was off duty! It turned out that there were indeed at the time no medics available, as they had all exceeded their 'hours'. Aside from the obvious C2 issues concerning the management of personnel, shifts and hours worked, why the h*ell was this order given?! The CO of the BG in question then countermanded the original order; but the question stands as to why it was given in the first place?!! Naturally the confidence of the guys on the ground was effected by this - indeed the overall performance of the Medical Chain/system was called into question on this Ex. Not a rant, or an effort to berate the Medics at all, indeed I feel that the job that is done by Medics within the Army is v demanding and gets little praise or recognition, especially in light of current manning issues. I was just wondering if there are any Medics (esp some with rank/experience) who would like to comment on this and perhaps enlighten me.