View Single Post
Old 28-06-2014, 02:23 PM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Inactive
Posts: 36,483
Likes: 237 (190 Posts)
Arrow In Arduis Fidelis

The Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) is a specialist corps in the British Army which provides medical services to all British Army personnel and their families in war and in peace. Together with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, the Royal Army Dental Corps and Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps, the RAMC forms the British Army's essential Army Medical Services..The RAMC does not carry a Regimental Colour or Queen's Colour, although it has a Regimental Flag, nor does it have battle honours, as elements of the corps have been present in almost every single war the army has fought. Because it is not a fighting arm (non-combatant), under the Geneva Conventions, members of the RAMC may only use their weapons for self-defence. For this reason, there are 2 traditions that the RAMC perform when on parade.Officers do not draw their swords - instead they hold their scabbard with their left hand while saluting with their right..Other Ranks do not fix bayonets..Medical services in the British armed services go as far back as the formation of the Standing Regular Army after the Restoration of Charles II in 1660. This was the first time a career was provided for a Medical Officer (MO), known as the Regimental Surgeon, both in peacetime and in war.. The Army was formed entirely on a regimental basis, and an MO with a Warrant Officer as his Assistant Surgeon was appointed to each regiment, which also provided a hospital.. The MO was also for the first time concerned in the continuing health of his troops, and not limited to just battlefield medicine..For over two years after 27 July 1887 there were no recruits to the Army Medical Department. A parliamentary committee reported in 1890 highlighting the doctors’ injustices. Yet all this was ignored by the Secretary of State for War. The British Medical Association, the Royal College of Physicians and others redoubled their protests.. Eventually, in 1898, officers and soldiers providing medical services were incorporated into a new body known by its present name, the Royal Army Medical Corps; its first Colonel-in-Chief was H.R.H the Duke of Connaught...The RAMC began to develop during the Boer War, but it was during the First World War that it reached its apogee both in size and experience. The RAMC itself lost 743 officers and 6130 soldiers killed in the war..Before the Second World War, RAMC recruits were required to be at least 5 feet 2 inches tall and could enlist up to 30 years of age. They initially enlisted for seven years with the colours and a further five years with the reserve, or 3 years and 9 years.. They trained for 6 months at the RAMC Depot, Crookham Camp, Aldershot, before proceeding to specialist trade training..2 Medical Regiment, Royal Army Medical Corps, is the task medical regiment of 7th Armoured Brigade. It was officially formed on 4 July 2008, following the amalgamation of (A)29 Squadron and (B)28 Squadron of 1 Close Support Medical Regiment. The Regiment is based at the Bergen-Hohne garrison situated in north west Germany as part of the British Forces Germany (BFG).. In March 2009, the Regiment was deployed to Afghanistan on Operation Herrick as the major component of the Joint Force Medical Group. The majority of the Regiment was deployed to Helmand Province, with detachments in Kandahar and Kabul. The Regiment returned to Hohne in October 2009. The Regiment also has a Force Support Squadron located at Fulwood Barracks in Preston, England...

In Greek mythology, the Rod of Asclepius (⚕; sometimes also spelled Asklepios or Aesculapius), also known as the asklepian, is a serpent-entwined rod wielded by the Greek god Asclepius, a deity associated with healing and medicine.. The symbol has continued to be used in modern times, where it is associated with medicine and health care, yet frequently confused with the staff of the god Hermes, the caduceus. Theories have been proposed about the Greek origin of the symbol and its implications..In honor of Asclepius, a particular type of non-venomous snake was often used in healing rituals, and these snakes – the Aesculapian Snakes – crawled around freely on the floor in dormitories where the sick and injured slept. These snakes were introduced at the founding of each new temple of Asclepius throughout the classical world. From about 300 BC onwards, the cult of Asclepius grew very popular and pilgrims flocked to his healing temples (Asclepieia) to be cured of their ills.. Ritual purification would be followed by offerings or sacrifices to the god (according to means), and the supplicant would then spend the night in the holiest part of the sanctuary – the abaton (or adyton). Any dreams or visions would be reported to a priest who would prescribe the appropriate therapy by a process of interpretation.. Some healing temples also used sacred dogs to lick the wounds of sick petitioners..Products deriving from the bodies of snakes were known to have medicinal properties in ancient times, and in ancient Greece, at least some were aware that snake venom that might be fatal if it entered the bloodstream could often be imbibed. Snake venom appears to have been 'prescribed' in some cases as a form of therapy..The Aesculapian snake (now Zamenis longissimus, previously Elaphe longissima), is a species of nonvenomous snake native to Europe, a member of the Colubrinae subfamily of the family Colubridae.. Growing up to 2 metres (6.6 ft) in total length (including tail), it counts among the largest European snakes, though not as massive as the 4-lined snake (Elaphe quatuorlineata) or the Montpellier snake (Malpolon monspessulanus).. The Aesculapian snake has been of cultural and historical significance for its role in ancient Greek and Roman mythology and derived symbolism..They are dark, long, slender, and typically bronzy in color, with smooth scales that give them a metallic sheen..Juveniles can easily be confused with juvenile grass snakes (Natrix natrix)..And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life..The original Hippocratic Oath began with the invocation ..."I swear by Apollo Physician and by Asclepius and by Hygieia and Panacea and by all the Gods" Of course you're afraid - anyone who says they're not are either lying or need to see a shrink..I wasn't afraid.. I was depressed.. You want to make the biggest hole possible to hide in - you'd get your spoon out and start digging if that would help. But then the training takes over... you psych yourself up, check all your pouches are closed, your pockets don't open and your magazines are on tight.. I pulled as hard as I could, which was difficult, due to the cold.. If the IraQis didn't kill us, the weather was going to..Under the Geneva Convention, I'm afraid I cannot answer that question...

Last edited by lightgiver; 28-06-2014 at 02:30 PM.
lightgiver is offline   Reply With Quote