I believe over 40,000 troops will be deploying and as that will nearly 50% of the Army, then HWF will be on the menu.And while it's true that we are badly undermanned in some key trades, the undermanning figures often look worse than they are because the requirement is based on large-scale, everything-we've-got warfighting, which is not what is happening.
The medical services are regularly knocked in peacetime, but would you fancy fighting a war without them? And has there ever been a war or conflict where they've let you down? Ask anyone who was treated in the 'Red and Green Life Machine' in the Falklands. And ask yourself why the RAMC has more Victoria Crosses than any other organisation, including two of the three nutters who won it twice!
I think you'll find the 'coal face' soldiers making that always work. Going that little bit futher!I was also making the point that despite ongoing problems, historically the DMS rarely failed to provide adequate deployable medical capability, which at the end of the day is the primary reason they are there.
We may have the right numbers but are they in the right place? There's not much point having fully manned tables waiting in a Fd Hosp if life and limbs have been lost early in the chain due to shortfalls in CS... Lets hope those Med Estimates were based on something a bit more informed than the usual quality of OA...,
In any forthcoming operations in the middle east, soldiers WILL be treated to a standard they deserve. The med support to the operation is that which PJHQ's Medical Estimate and casualty figures state is required. Where there are not enough regular specialists, reservists are being deployed who are every bit as well trained and qualified. The end capability is the same.