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Ah Borden, so many terrible memories of nasty shack rats.size 6 OPA swallowing, [Big Grin] female Ptes
I agree that the whole restructure makes medical training more accessible (in theory, and only in the Regular Force), in practice, it simply helps to alienate the medical personal from the combat arms... or as Infanteer puts it; the pointy end. You‘ll end up with a bunch of medics who are knowledgeable about medical skills, but who could spend the duration of their career in the reserves without ever actually laying hands on a REAL person who‘s REALLY injured.
And no wonder they‘re losing personnel, with this decision alone, their numbers will probably dwindle even further than they could have imagined. Maybe that will kick them in the arse enough to re-start the trade of combat/field/troop medic, but I‘m not holding my breath. Maybe if they want to retain their trained soldiers, they might want to stop screwing them around at every possible avenue. I‘ve been facing the brunt of their incompetance for 4 years now, and I‘m amazed that I haven‘t left sooner, and that so many have stayed.