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The Canadian Forces Medical Service (CFMS) provides medical support for the Canadian Forces (CF) both at home and abroad. It is also a personnel branch of the CF. The CFMS along with the Canadian Forces Dental Service (CFDS) form the Canadian Forces Health Services Group (CF H Svcs Gp).

Motto and march

Militi Succurrimus (We hasten to aid the soldiers) is the official branch motto. "The Farmer's Boy" is the branch march. This march was selected by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (mother of Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II).

Roles and identification

Medical personnel of the CF H Svcs Gp provide operational (deployed) and operational readiness (in-garrison) medical care to entitled personnel.
Queen Mother's Banner


Uniforms

CFMS personnel wear the same uniforms as other members of the CF with unique identifiers depending on which distinctive environmental uniform (DEU) they are assigned (Navy, Army, Air). Regardless of environment, all officer and non-commissioned members (NCMs) wear the same cap badge. The only difference between the cap badges is that the staff of Æsculapius on NCM badge comprises a gold serpent on a gold staff whereas on the officer badge comprises a silver serpent on a gold staff.

Naval medical officers wear scarlet distinction cloth between the braids of their rank, while other health care officer classifications (non-physicians) wear a dull cherry distinction cloth. NCMs wear a trade badge on their jackets.

All army health care officer classifications and non-commissioned members wear a "Medical" shoulder bar on the service dress jacket, and a tab bearing either the title "MEDICAL" or a unit identifier (e.g. "15 FD AMB") on slip-ons for other uniforms. NCMs below the rank of warrant officer wear a trade badge on the sleeve of the service dress jacket.

All air force medical branch officers and non-commissioned members wear a distinctive metal badge over their name tag on both their dress uniform jacket and short-sleeve order of dress.

History

It has its origins in the Dominion government's 1885 response to the North-West Rebellion, with the appointment of Canada's first surgeon general, Doctor Darby Bergin of Cornwall, Ontariomarker, and the mobilization of two field hospitals.

It suffered significant budgetary cutbacks after the 1994 Broadbent Report following the end of the Cold War, with three of its six military hospitals being closed.

More of the CFMS History can be found at the CF Health Services web site. Former Colonel in Chief was Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (mother of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II). The current Colonel in Chief is Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal (daughter of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince Phillip)

Training

School of Operational Medicine (SOM)

The School of Operational Medicine (SOM) in Toronto, Ontariomarker forms a part of the Canadian Forces Environmental Medicine Establishment. In turn the Canadian Forces Environmental Medicine Establishment is the military component of the Defence Research and Development Canada. The School of Operational Medicine (SOM) conducts all Flight Surgeon training. In addition, it offers courses at various levels in Diving Medicine, to Physicians, Medical Technicians and Physician Assistants.

Canadian Forces School of Survival and Aeromedical Training

The Canadian Forces School of Survival and Aeromedical Training (CFSSAT) in Winnipeg, Manitobamarker provides initial and continuation training for all CF aircrew. The training covers diverse topics including life support equipment and human factors, search and evasion as well as disorientation and night vision.

Order of precedence

External links



References

  1. http://www.rockymountainrangers.ca/?p=eductraining



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