Army Medical Services

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The Army Medical Services (AMS) is the organisation responsible for administering the four separate corps that deliver medical, veterinary, dental and nursing services in the British Army. These are:


The Army Medical Services are administered by Headquarters Army Medical Directorate at Andover under the command of the Director General Army Medical Services (DGAMS), currently Major General Ewan Carmichael. DGAMS reports to the Army's Adjutant General.

Role of the AMS[edit]

Cap Badges of the four medical/nursing corps

The role of the AMS is to contribute to the conservation of fighting strength and morale of the Army. The AMS is responsible for advising commanders on the maintenance of health and prevention of disease in the Army in peace and, in addition, the collection, medical classification, evacuation and treatment of the sick and wounded in war.

Secondary health care, dental treatment, medical training, and the supply of medical and dental equipment and pharmaceuticals are provided on a tri-service basis by Defence Agencies in which members of the AMS are employed.

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