Seven newly commissioned officers have joined the ranks of London’s Army medics at 256 (City of London) Field Hospital.
They Passed Out from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on Saturday, 1 April having successfully completed the Professionally Qualified Officer Course.
Families and friends joined senior officers, including Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Reserve & Cadets) Major General Ranald Monro (pictured in middle photo below), to congratulate the newly commissioned officers.
Among those proudly on parade was Major Saif Ramman-Azzawi, a plastic surgeon who specialises in limb reconstruction.
Having been inspired by his parents to pursue a life dedicated to the service of others, Major Ramman-Azzawi says joining the Army Reserve was an obvious choice:
“Being from a Muslim background and given the events developing on a global scale with the threat of fundamentalism, I felt an ethical and moral obligation to join the Army and take part in defending this great country, and safeguard our way of life from all threats.
“Being the eldest of 5 brothers all of whom are either serving or aspiring to serve in the armed forces, I believe the Army to be an extension of my bigger family and I love the comradery and friendship with the people in the army, particularly the work ethic and the mutual support.”
Also on parade was former Regular soldier 2nd Lieutenant Munish Chauhan who’s time as a Combat Medic inspired him to train as an NHS doctor and join the Army Reserve. He’s looking forward to the wide range of opportunities his unit offers.
“256 Field Hospital provides medical professionals to other units on deployment, which means I may find an opportunity to deploy on overseas operational/exercise tours in the near future. The unit is also very keen on sports such as skiing, cycling and orienteering so there are a lot of new skills to learn for everyone.”