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Medical Reservists train in Germany

27 September 2017

The last 10 days have seen Reservists from 335 Medical Evacuation Regiment undertake a demanding training exercise alongside one of their paired regiments - 1 Armoured Medical Regiment (1AMR) - in Germany.

Exercise Serpent Run provided the reservists, many of whom come from NHS backgrounds, with key training opportunities to enhance their skills across a wide spectrum of core medical and military skills.  

The exercise began with members of 335 Medical Evacuation Regiment delivering a number of clinical training courses in Intermediate Life support and In-Transit care for soldiers from both regiments before the reservists progressed  to practicing core military skills delivered by 1AMR. Here their performance was assessed in various progressively complex tactical scenarios such as battlefield drills involving treating simulated casualties, fieldcraft and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear awareness training.

After witnessing some of the training Commanding Officer of 1 AMR, Lieutenant Colonel Victoria Moorhouse spoke of the obvious benefits of having the two regiments train together:   

“At the moment we have members of 335 Medical Evacuation Regiment training with us here in Germany. Their role is very important; they are a nationally recruited unit who bring with them NHS specialists with very important pre-hospital care, experience and training.   

We are taking from 335 Medical Evacuation Regiment their deep clinical knowledge and experiences and at the same time we are sharing our military training and operational experiences with them.”

Views that Lieutenant Colonel Bill Allen, Commanding Officer 335 Medical Evacuation Regiment was quick to endorse: “This exercise has been hugely successful, with our soldiers learning an awful lot from 1AMR especially being able to familiarise themselves with the armoured capability.  

Everyone is a soldier first and while as a Regiment we have a strong clinical capability having the opportunity for our soldiers to get out in the field and develop their military training is incredibly important - particularly using their expertise in austere environments.

I have also been hugely impressed by the number of individuals who, while junior in terms of a military perspective, have stepped up and taken control of situations due in part to the experience and skills set they bring to the Regiment from their civilian professions.”

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