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Army Medical Services
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Army Medical Services provides medical services to all Army personnel and treats the injured on the battlefield through our various echelons of medical care. SAF Medical Training Institute (SMTI) trains Medical Officers and medics for the SAF, equipping them with necessary medical knowledge and skills to enhance casualty survival. 

Army Medical Services aims to be A World Class Army Medical Service that is Ready in Peace, Resilient in War and Respected by All. We will provide excellent and comprehensive healthcare to our servicemen, and optimise their combat performance over the full spectrum of operations. 

Our Vocation

Army Medical Services was formed in support of the Army’s desire to be Ready in Peace, Decisive in War and Respected by All. Personnel in Army Medical Services contribute their own expertise to support the 5 Core Businesses of Army Medical Services.

Combat Medical Support
The Army Medical Support System has undergone a paradigm shift in the delivery of medical care to our soldiers. The 3rd Generation Medical Support System saw the modernisation of equipment and capabilities of the Combat Medic, Combat Ambulance, Battalion Casualty Station (BCS), Medical Company, Mobile Surgical Team and Combat Support Hospital.

The Combat Support Hospitals (1 CSH, 2 CSH, 3 CSH & 8 CSH) in HQ AMS support our Army by providing resuscitative surgery to casualties before further evacuation to the base hospitals. 

Medical Training
Medical simulation was introduced as a training pedagogy in 2005 by SAF Medical Training Institute (SMTI). Despite using high-fidelity human patient simulators, there were limitations in training realism and team-based training. To overcome these limitations, the state-of-the-art Medical Skills Training and Simulation Centre (MSTC) was opened in 2012.

In 2010, Army Medical Services spearheaded the initiative to proliferate Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to all NSFs and equip all SAF camps with AEDs to enhance the timeliness and effectiveness of first aid during a medical emergency. Following that, in Oct 15, SMTI orchestrated a 6-party MOU involving the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Nanyang Polytechnic School (NYP), SIM University (UniSIM) and the Justice Institute British Columbia (JIBC) to cement the collaboration between employers of paramedics and education institutions.

Medical Operations
The Army Medical Services has participated in various Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) efforts in the SAF since 1970. AMS has provided medical relief and medical support in both local and overseas missions. 




Medical Relief to Victims of Cyclone Disaster, East Pakistan


Provision of Medical Care to Refugees from Vietnam at Bedok Jetty and East Coast Park, Singapore


Medical Relief to Victims of Earthquake Disaster, Bali, Indonesia


Medical Support for Rescued Victims of Hotel New World Collapse


Medical Relief to Victims of Earthquake Disaster, Baguio City, Philippines


Medical Support for UN Forces in Gulf War, King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


Medical Support to Military Observers in Minugua, Guatemala


Medical Relief to Victims of Earthquake Disaster, Taiwan


Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Work, East Timor


Medical Relief to Victims of Earthquake Disaster, Bengkulu, Indonesia


Medical Relief to Victims of Tsunami Disaster, Indonesia (Banda Aceh, Meulaboh) & Thailand (Phuket)


International Reconstruction Efforts in Afghanistan


Medical Relief to Victims of Earthquake Disaster, Indonesia (Padang)


Medical Relief to Victims of Earthquake, Nepal (Gokarna)


Soldier Performance
Since 1989, the Soldier Performance Centre (SPC) has been involved in specialist research in the fields of human performance and conditioning. In recent years, these specialist research areas include heat injury prevention, military training-related injury prevention and occupational health hazards prevention. Notably, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the Singapore Armed Forces and Changi General Hospital on 28 Nov 2011 to co-develop guidelines that aid in the diagnosis and treatment of our servicemen with joint and muscle conditions.

In Dec 2017, SPC integrated with Army Fitness Centre and Soldier System Integration Lab and established the Centre of Excellence for Soldier Performance (CESP) under 9 Division/HQ Infantry. HQ AMS will continue to provide professional input on projects related to soldier performance.

Healthcare Services
The mission of the Medical Centres is to care for the health of our servicemen, delivering the highest quality patient-centric care to sustain and enhance force health in peacetime and war. HQ AMS will work together with Military Medicine Institute (MMI) to provide professional oversight of the Army Medical Centres.

Military Equipment

Army Medical Services has four variants of ambulances to support the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) in fulfilling a full spectrum of operations. These variants are the Multi-role Utility Vehicle (MUV) – Support Ambulance, Cross-Country Combat Ambulance, Terrex Ambulance and Bronco Ambulance.

Battalion Casualty Station (BCS)
Army Medical Services has three variants of the Battalion Casualty Station to support the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) in fulfilling a full spectrum of operations. The variants of the BCS are for Infantry, Motorised Infantry and Armour operations.

Surgical Capability
Our surgical capabilities are brought closer to our injured servicemen in the field through the Mobile Surgical Team (MST) and Combat Support Hospital (CSH). They leverage on advances in medical technologies, which are equipped with life-saving capabilities that can overcome the challenges of treating casualties in the battlefield.



The military medical services in Singapore began in 1901 when the Ambulance and Bearer Section of the Singapore Volunteer Artillery (SVA) was formed, comprising of volunteer medical officers to provide medical aid. It was only in 1967 that the SAF Medical Services was officially created with the establishment of the Senior Medical Officer (SMO) Department. 

To deal with the increasing intricacies and complexity of the SAF, Headquarters Medical Services was introduced on 1 June 1972. Subsequently, Senior Medical Office (SMO) Army was formed in 1988. The office of the Chief Army Medical Officer (CARMO) formed in 1993 was redesignated as HQ Army Medical Services (HQ AMS) in 1995 and accorded with the title of Senior Specialist Staff Officer (SSSO) HQ in 1996.

The medical services continued to progress over the years to meet the needs of the SAF, and in 2006, the School of Military Medicine (SMM) was restructured into SAF Medical Training Institute (SMTI) and came under the command of HQ AMS. 

Life First
Your medical training will be pivotal in real-world situations, where your specialised knowledge and skills will determine life-changing outcomes. Improved technological and medical capabilities will enable you to respond to the ever-changing war and peacetime requirements. From developing preventive health measures to providing disaster relief assistance, you will be the vital support that others can count on.