The mission of the MNS is 'Excellence in Patient Care' both in peace and war which is being pursued with utmost zeal, fervor and zest.
Since the time of inception the Military Nursing Service has been a part and parcel of the country's war efforts. Nursing officers have played pivotal role in the care of sick and injured soldiers and their families across the length and breadth of India which includes serving with troops in armed conflicts and humanitarian endeavours in troubled states of J&K and North East sector, they also serve with combat troops deployed abroad in UN Missions and Foreign Friendly Missions in active war zone as Lebanon, Congo, South Sudan and Tazikistan. Military Nursing Service today ranks as one of the best Army Nursing Services of the world.
Military Nursing Service celebrated its 93rd Raising Day on October 1, 2018. On the occasion Maj Gen Annakutty Babu, Addl DGMNS laid the wreath and paid homage to the martyrs at Amar Jawan Jyothi at India Gate. Later, on the occasion, a coffee table book was released by Lt General Bipin Puri, DGAFMS, Lt Gen Rajvir Singh DGMS (Army) and Maj Gen Annakutty Babu, Addl DGMNS at the premises of the HQ of DGAFMS.
Military Nursing Service is only all women corps in the Armed Forces. The Military Nursing Service came into being on March 28,1888. On October 1, 1926, a permanent Nursing Service for the Indian troops was formed and was designated as the Indian Military Nursing Service (IMNS). The IMNS made a humble beginning and their work was universally acclaimed. On September 15, 1943, the IMNS officers became a part of the Indian Army and the members of service became Commissioned officers.
The organization is headed at the Army Head Quarters by Addl DGMNS in the Rank of Maj General. Enrolment into the Military Nursing Service is based on the selection which is done on merit at all India level. The candidates are enrolled at six Colleges of Nursing for Basic BSc (N) from various health sciences universities. On successful completion of the course, they are granted Permanent or Short Service Commission in the Military Nursing Service in the rank of Lieutenant.
Dedication and devotion to duty exhibited by number of officers of the Military Nursing Service has been recognized by the Government by bestowing various awards like Sena Medal, Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal and civil awards like National Florence Nightingale Award, Sarojini Award, Nalwa Medal from the International Red cross, Mahila Shiromani Award, Mahila Excellence Award.
Maj Gen Annakutty Babu received the Florence Nightingale award on May 12, 2018 and later award winners called on the President Shri Ram Nath Kovind at Rastrapati Bhavan. Earlier a cake cutting ceremony was organized on September 29, 2018 at MNS officers Mess, AH (R&R). Nursing officers rededicate themselves to render high quality, selfless nursing care to their patients by reading the Florence Nightingale Pledge. MNS officers have always played a very significant role as versatile and unique health care providers and have kept themselves abreast with the latest advancements in the field of nursing. Efficient and quality nursing care is rendered by them to mitigate the pain and suffering of humanity, to hasten their recovery. Maj General Kajal Chakravarthy, PM, (R&R) and other senior MNS officers graced the occasion.
A get together was organized in evening to celebrate the occasion at Army Hospital (R&R) Delhi Cantonment. Vice Chief of the Army staff, Lt Gen Devraj Anbu was the Chief Guest. Senior officers of the station from the tri-services and veteran MNS officers graced the occasion.