Military nursing is something that offers benefits to any military service. The British caught onto the benefits in 1902 with the foundation of the Imperial Army Nursing Corps. The corps was founded under Queen Alexandra, who presided as president. In 1949, the British Army recognised the corp, and it was then renamed in order to be a part of the Royal Army. Specifically, it was renamed to Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps. Queen Alexandra remained president until she passed away in 1925 and she was preceded by Queen Mary.
Later on in 1909, a second branch was founded: The Territorial Force Nursing Service, or TFNS for short. TFNS was founded with the idea that it would make up for any shortcomings that The Royal Army encountered, specifically in emergency situations. The people who were a part of TFNS were civilian nurses. Later, in 1920, TFNS was changed to the Territorial Army Nursing Service or TANS instead of being a civilian establishment. In 1941, members were permitted pay and rank that was equal and identical to that of the Army.
In 1949 the armed forces finally adopted the female divisions as part of the official armed forces. With this adoption the forces took up the ranking system based around the armed forces, which made the chief matron a Senior Controller. However, in 1950 they reverted to normal Army ranks, though titles were still given for a professional attitude. In 1956 more ranks were adopted.
The nurses played a major role for the British army, insuring the health and well-being of the soldiers at war. These nurses, among others who have faithfully served their countries, have made an impeccable indent on military history and strides that have furthered medical advances to what we know today as modern medicine. Thanks to their efforts, health care is phenomenally improved.