The Army Reserve’s national pre-hospital emergency care unit recruits Reservists throughout the UK and trains them to deploy on operations and exercises worldwide.
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1 April 2005
The Regiment provides a number of capabilities in relation to medical evacuation:
- Forward Medical Evacuation Teams: To retrieve casualties from the point of injury and to treat and evacuate them rearwards.
- Medical Emergency Response Teams (MERT): To provide niche consultant-led capabilities as a specialist form of forward medical evacuation.
- Tactical Medical Evacuation Teams: To evacuate casualties, including those requiring high dependency in-transit care, from a medical treatment facility rewards.
- To be prepared to generate a range of other mounted and dismounted medical teams, such as Pre-Hospital Treatment Teams, who could for example be tasked to reinforce a Regimental Aid Post.
With no weekly drill night, all training is conducted over weekends throughout the UK and during two-week exercises at home or abroad. The minimum annual commitment is just 19 days.
In addition to supporting exercises worldwide, since the formation of the Regiment in 2005 our Reservists have deployed on:
- Operation GRITROCK (Sierra Leone)
- Operation HERRICK (Afghanistan)
- Operation TELIC (Iraq)
- Operation TOSCA (Cyprus)
- Operation TRENTON (South Sudan)
335 Medical Evacuation Regiment provides the British Army with a dedicated medical evacuation capability to support the UK and our allies on operations and exercises around the world.
As a specialist Army Reserve unit, the Regiment recruits throughout the UK. The majority of the Regiment’s Reservists work within the NHS, often for ambulance services, and receive military and medical training to prepare them to deploy around the world as an individual augmentee or as part of a formed unit. The Regiment has deployed personnel on every major offensive, peacekeeping and humanitarian operation since its formation in 2005.
Part of 2nd Medical Brigade, the Regiment has a Headquarters and three task Squadrons. It is paired with three units from the Regular Army, the Armoured Medical Regiments, who exist to support the Armoured Infantry Brigades of 3rd (United Kingdom) Division.
The Regiment is currently recruiting Reservists and particularly those with training, experience or an interest in pre-hospital emergency care. We also recruit medical, nursing and paramedic students.
Professionally Qualified Officer Entry
- Medical Officer (particularly general practice, emergency medicine, intensive care and anaesthetics)
Professionally Qualified Soldier Entry
- Nurse (particularly critical care and emergency care)
Soldier Entry (no special qualifications required)
- Combat Medical Technician (particularly emergency medical technicians)
- Driver (particularly professional drivers)
- Human Resource Specialist (particularly human resources or finance workers)
With incentives including a golden hello worth up to £10,000, humanitarian and disaster relief courses at universities throughout the UK and overseas, the opportunity to train to become a paramedic, achieve a nursing specialism ore complete the Diploma in Immediate Medical Care, there has never been a better time to join 335 Medical Evacuation Regiment.
The Regiment has a long and proud history that can be traced back to the ambulance trains used for medical evacuation during the Boer War of 1899 to 1902.
Ambulance trains were used with great effect to evacuate casualties from Europe to the UK, with Dover alone receiving 1.2million casualties on 8,000 ambulance trains.
Ambulance trains were then used in Second World War and the Korean War, and then retained throughout the Cold War.
With the demise of the trains themselves, on 1 April 2005 the Ambulance Train Group (Volunteers) became 335 Medical Evacuation Regiment.
In 2013 one of the Regiment’s paramedics received the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service (QCVS) as a result of action in Afghanistan.