We get a lot of CMT recruits sent to our med centre on placement. Some are really good, keen to get stuck in and ask sensible questions and generally make you think there is hope for the RAMC yet. Sadly they are becoming very much the minority. Recently we RTU'd one recruit who just couldn't be bothered to come into work for two days and then this little scene occurred this morning: Medic Cpl: "Right Pte X the next patient that we are seeing needs his bloods taken. Your saw me do it with the last one, this time I'll talk you through it." Pte X (with arms crossed and sulky look on face): "I'm not taking blood" Cpl: "Why not?" Pte X: "Don't want to" Cpl: "Right lets get two things clear. Firstly you need to take blood whilst here on placement, it is one of the tasks you have to achieve. Secondly, I'm not asking I'm telling you what you will be doing." Pte X: " You can't tell me what to do" At this point the nurse stepped in and a little chat about attitude was commenced. I know I've moaned about this before but it just depresses me that new recruits to the RAMC seem to not only lack the enthusiasm you would expect but also have an attitude to boot. Is this just representative of the army as a whole or a problem with the Med Corp. For me part of the problem must surely be the fact that recruits no longer do basic training as an AMS platoon with AMS instructors where Corp pride was instilled from day one. Also I would like to think the instructors at Keogh (particualarly on Common Core) are not only entusiatic but amongst the best the AMS has to offer. When I went through common core (No13) I thought most of the instructors were pretty good and knowledable and I really enjoyed my Med Centre placement as a consequence. Where are we going wrong?