ARMED FORCES MEDICAL SERVICES
INTRODUCTION The Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) provides comprehensive healthcare to the Indian Armed Forces. Headed by the Director General Armed Forces Medical Service (DGAFMS), who is the medical advisor to the Ministry of Defence and the Chairman of the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC), the AFMS is the first truly ‘Triservice’component of the Indian Armed Forces. The AFMS includes officers of the Army Medical Corps (AMC), AMC (Non-Tech), the Army Dental Corps (ADC) and the Military Nursing Service (MNS). HISTORY The Army Medical Corps (AMC) is one of the oldest Corps of the Indian Armed Forces, tracing its origins to 1764 when the Medical Components Presidencies were amalgamated under a Surgeon General. The Indian Medical Department, the Indian Medical Services and the Indian Hospital Corps merged to form the Indian Army Medical Corps on 03 April 1943. The Government of India in 1948 integrated the medical services of the Indian Army, the Royal Indian Navy, and the Royal Indian Airforce into the Armed Forces Medical Service (AFMS) and placed the services under the Director General Armed Forces Services (DGAFMS) in the rank of Lieutenant General and equivalent. The DGAFMS is the cadre controlling authority for the AFMS.
International Review of the Armed Forces Medical Services
Revue Internationale des Services de Santé des Forces Armées