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The dawn of the 17 Oct 2018 heralded in the annual Countess of Wessex Cup, hosted this year by the Corps of Army Music (CAMUS).  A day when a team of eight nurses and healthcare assistants, representing the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC), would compete against the six other associated military units in challenge of the cup. 

Having met one another only the day before this diverse mix of regular and reserve QA's, from as far afield as Northern Ireland, quickly bonded over chicken, halloumi and hummus, which was with many thanks to the sponsorship and support of the QARANC Association.  Having forged the beginnings of a team, this group of women faced all of the challenges presented to them with spirit and enthusiasm. These were including, but not limited to; CBRN baking, 'deep-pool' assault course and rescue, dragon boat racing and of course no cup would be complete without a stretcher race.  Whilst not finishing with a cup, this team finished with new friends and experiences that they will not forget. 

The 2018 Inter-Nursing Services Tennis tournament was held at RAF Halton and was represented by four members from the Queen Alexanders Royal Army Nursing Corps

Capt Simon Roberts, Cpl Muthoni Ligale, LCpl Lauren Middlemiss and Pte Tevin Gama.

There was some fabulous tennis played by all throughout the day from both the RAF & Army. It was a very close tournament but the Army were victorious for the second year running.

We would also like to a say a very special thank you to the QARANC Association for their sponsorship and support.

The annual AMS Carol Service will be taking place at The Royal Memorial Chapel, Sandhurst on 5th Dec at 1830.

Open to AMS Regulars, Reserves & Association members and their families and friends. Supper is available afterwards.

Applications forms from your branch secretary or click to email

Applications are invited from interested members of the QARANC Association to serve on the Board of Trustees (The Board).  The initial appointment is for three years, and this may be extended annually by invitation for a further three years.  Trustee appointments are unpaid, but travel and other expenses may be claimed.  Trustees are expected to take an active role in Association matters.

The Board meets four times a year at Robertson House in Camberley.  each Trustee also serves on one of four subcommittees that advises on, and may carry out an aspect of the work for the Association.  All sub committees report to the Board of Trustees.

Media & Communications:  This subcommittee meets as required between board meetings and oversees the website, social media and production of the Gazette.  Members of this committee need relevant knowledge.

Membership & Marketing: This subcommittee meets as required between Board meetings.  Marketing experience is not required, but is helpful, as is a willingness to support the General Secretary on membership matters.

Heritage & Chattels: This subcommittee meets as required between Board meetings and focuses on heritage and Corps history as well as working with the chattels member to manage and care for Corps/Association chattels.  Members of this subcommittee are drawn from across the Association membership as well as from the Trustee and an interest in Corps history is required.

Finance & Grants:This subcommittee meets monthly to review and make decisions on grant applications and requests for benevolence.  Trustees also deal with urgent benevolence cases by telephone and/or email.  Relevant casework or charity sector experience is helpful.

There are two vacancies arising this year.  If you have tome to spare, want to take an active part in the Association's business and wish to make a difference, please apply to the General Secretary at RHQ (click here to email).  Applications should consist of a CV, and a covering letter outlining any relevant skills and experience that you would be able to offer.  All applicants must be full members of the QARANC Association.


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A Career in Army Nursing


The QARANC employs Officers and Soldiers in both the Regular and Reserve Army, as Registered Nurses, Student Nurses, and Health Care Assistants, and we are always looking for people. If you are interested in a career as a Nurse or Health Care Assistant which also offers other great opportunities then you are just the person we are looking for. A career in the QARANC is more than a job, you will have access to extensive training and development opportunities, not just related to your job, but personal development too. You will have the opportunity to use your skills in diverse settings – wherever the Army is employed health care professionals from the QARANC are there. Right now there are QARANC personnel working around the world, including Sierra Leone, Canada, Mali, Afghanistan, Germany, and Cyprus. Being in the QARANC you will have access to, and be expected to undertake adventurous training, and you will have access to free medical and dental care, as well as robust annual leave and pension package. For information contact a member of the QARANC recruiting team on: 01276 412741, 01276 412742 or 01276 412740 or visit

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