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Royal Army Medical Command 1
Geneeskundig Commando Koninklijke Landmacht (GCKL)

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Unit Location Peace Strength War Strength
Staff and Staff Company
Royal Army Medical Command
Deventer 20/15/3/14 (52) 31/36/66/14 (147)
   
781 Medical Group 251/251/1297/42 (1841)
782 Medical Group 237/251/1128/27 (1643)
783 Medical Group 449/623/2390/66 (3528)
 
Royal Army Medical Command Peace Strength: 20/15/3/14 (52)
Royal Medical Command War Strength: 968/1161/4881/149 (7159)

Operational Role and Reorganisation 2


In wartime Royal Army Medical Command would primarily be responsible for
  • the higher-echelon medical treatment of wounded Royal Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force personnel either based in or evacuated to the Netherlands;
  • providing limited medical support to NATO forces passing through or stationed in the Netherlands;
  • medical materiel support to Royal Army and Royal Air Force units in the Netherlands;
  • lower-echelon medical support to territorial Royal Army units. 
Higher-echelon medical treatment basically comprised definitive, specialist treatment in mostly static hospital facilities well in the rear of the Combat Zone (i.e. in the Communications Zone).3 Both military and civilian hospitals would be employed; their capacity would be expanded and a number of military barracks would be converted into emergency hospitals.
   
In peacetime Royal Army Medical Command formed the Royal Army's territorial medical service.

   
Since its formation in 1976 the Command's wartime higher-echelon interservice role was almost permanently under study, which probably explains the organisation being marked as "provisional" in the official 1985 orders of battle. In 1988 
Royal Army Medical Command was converted into Armed Forces Medical Command (Geneeskundig Commando Krijgsmacht, GCK); this reorganisation included the transfer of the Command's materiel support capacity to National Logistic Command and the transfer of its lower-echelon medical capacity to National Territorial Command.4           

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1. Under functional command (onder functioneel bevel) of the Inspector of Royal Army Medical Services (Inspecteur Geneeskundige Dienst Koninklijke Landmacht, IGDKL). Onder functioneel bevel: a separate command relationship giving a commander or functionary a task-specific authority over a unit not under his command. VS 2-7200, 24. IGDKL fell under the Minister of Defence in peacetime and would come under Commander-in-Chief Land Forces on mobilisation.
2. Hoffenaar en Schoenmaker, Met de blik, 300. Anonymus, 5 Jaar, 20-22. 
3.NL-HaNA 2.13.182, inv. nr. 633, Structuurplan Geneeskundige Verzorging Krijgsmacht (oorlogstijd) d.d. 23 april 1985, Hoofdstuk VII. The lower-echelon medical support system of 1 (NL) Corps is outlined in 102 Medical Group, Operational Role.
4. Almost permanently under study: see for example NL-HaNA 2.13.110, inv. nrs. 103, 1425; and NL-HaNA 2.13.182, inv. nrs. 588, 614 and 633; comprising studies and plans from the period 1978-1985. Provisional: "voorshands interim organisatie". NIMH 430, inv. nr. 54 (Slagorde KL stand 1 juli 1985), Blad O. Ibid., inv. nr. 55 (Slagorde KL stand 23 december 1985), Blad O. For the reorganisation leading to Armed Forces Medical Command see for example NL-HaNA 2.13.182, inv. nrs. 711, 748 (1987-1988) and Feijen, Herstructurering, 312-313. Feijen notes that at that time (1989) the reorganisation was still "far from completed". Ibid., 308. See also 102 Medical Group, Reorganisation 1988-1992.