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wnhan said:Hi all,
I was browsing the CAF subreddit and I read the following comment from someone who was in BMOQ:
"I saw exactly the same thing happen on my BMOQ last month, with no repercussions for the instructors. The staff also told us "if you get injured and ask to go to MIR, it's possible you'll miss a critical lesson and fail the course - so think *hard* before making an MIR request". And then they didn't give us access to basic first aid supplies, so people were using socks and elastic bands in place of bandaids because the alternative was MIR...Basic at Vimy need to be sorted out, because right now it's a disaster." - Reddit User
The following was my response to the Reddit commenter:
"This situation seems very extreme and is very offensive from an occupational health and safety perspective. I am about to go to BMOQ at the end of August and this comment has raised some serious concerns within me. It is in my humble opinion, very detrimental to deny soldiers in basic training with access to basic medical supplies such as band aids. I find it appalling that someone who is in need of ONE simple bandaid would need to go to MIR and be reprimanded for preventing further physical damage. Basic medical supplies should be readily available in order to prevent soldiers from going to seek real MIR assistance/services. So what did people do with cuts? Let it get infected? Cover it with socks and hope for the best? This makes absolutely no sense. Please confirm that you are not over exaggerating and/or simply venting due to frustration/stress. I will be inquiring about this situation with my local CFRC concerning access to basic supplies such as bandaids during BMOQ. Let us know please!" - wnhan
Put simply, was my comment out of line? Is the above situation true that they don't give basic medical supplies like bandaids to recruits? If anyone has greater insight, please let me know because I am very nervous now about going to BMOQ.
‘Not sure what the full situation was having not been there. But something is very much amiss. Every platoon has someone who carries a medkit with them at all times during the entire duration of the course. The individual responsible might change during, but the kit is always there and it’s always kept fully stocked. I’m talking about BMQ, but I don’t see BMOQ being any different. Someone else will have to confirm that though.
Edit to add: Just chatted with recent grad. Every pl at CFLRS has someone carrying a medkit at all times in all locations for the duration of course, which includes the field.