Sandhurst hit by soaring Injury rate



Competition is fierce though, be the best or go home?
Or are they getting reckless with the folks going through to feed the shortages?

EDIT - ******** remark

"The number of officer cadets being injured at Sandhurst has soared due to more rigorous training for the Afghanistan front."

I'll read the article first next time :p
Probably better reporting...I think everyone is reporting more to AINC rather than just shrugging and cracking on.
such a large increase seems difficult to put down to simply better reporting, from 35 to 185 is a huge increase. I have heard it mentioned that Sandhurst is getting tougher, and i believe the pass rate has dropped at RMAS (i think there was a thread about it a while back).
"…And according to the latest statistics released through the Freedom of *Information Act, in the first three months of last year 80 recruits were hurt training for action in Helmand.

I wonder if Mr Journo can make a causal link?


Apart from the fact the article is crap, this is, in my opinion, nothing to be concerned about.

Training has to be hard to prepare people for the type of roles they could be expected to carry out in theatre. And the physio and rehab facilities at RMAS are top notch.

Also, OCDTs are often encouraged to go sick if they have what appears to be a minor injury because the course is so long they can't afford to let a niggle turn into something serious.
For once, the 'spokesman' sums it up nicely:

The MoD confirmed training has got more intense since 2008 “to reflect the reality of operations in Afghanistan”.

A spokesman added: “This has led to an increase in injuries but there has been no decrease in the numbers of officers passing out. Every step is taken to make training as safe as possible and excellent medical and rehabilitation facilities mean long-term injuries are minimal.”
Times have changed. When I was there, going sick was frowned upon unless you were dead.
On the more positive side, the number of cadets that have (allegedly) been injured by polo balls hurled by senior officers has dramatically reduced. :eye:
As I understand it, from people going through, minor injuries have to be reported (for fear of repercussions if not reported) and once reported have to be treated medically, if you are receiving medical treatment it is hard to progress. So...sign of the times? Seems the H&S has got to the process a bit but then the best judge of its effectiveness has to be 'what is the quality of the Officers being given Commissions' That surely is the main factor.
My bold ....

That's exactly what's happening where I am, the trainees are told that they must report sick for anything whatsoever. The doctor's are becoming like civvy GPs now and automatically bed them down for n number of days following which they have to go back again to be cleared by the doctor to continue training.

So a 'sprained eyelash' gets them a week off, just in case it's something more serious and the doctor can be sure he's not going to be sued later/thesystem isn't going to get sued when the trainee is subsequently binned as a medical risk.
Yes, because god forbid we look after people. I mean, in your day you did your training on 3 broken legs, right?


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pffft anything that takes more than 12 hours, ibuprofen and deep heat to clear up is going to have to be a carried injury no matter what treatment is on offer.
I hope this does not descend into another "in my day" thread. Its been done before, and i think we all realise its not true. training ebbs and flows, just like most things.

Training is getting physically harder, especially the weight bearing aspects and this is resulting in more injuries. Is it really that hard to believe?
Yes, because god forbid we look after people. I mean, in your day you did your training on 3 broken legs, right?
Calm down, princess. Where did I say that it was harder in my day? Where do I say that's it's not the right thing to do?

On the other hand, I can't remember anyone 'in my day' being binned from a course for failing to reach the course standard (after 3 attempts at passing the test) and then engaging a civvy lawyer to sue the system to be allowed another 3 attempts.
Better to be called a biff for a few days rather than lose your entire career by "manning up" and completely ****ing yourself over.
In my day ---------We had someone who tried contrast baths on a fracture, as thats what he did with his horses. When that rustic treatment failed he went up to the MRS.
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