Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps

The Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps (SLMC) (Sinhala: ශ්‍රී ලංකා යුද හමුදා වෛද්‍ය බලකාය Shri Lanka Yuddha Hamuda Vayidya Balakaya) is a specialist corps in the Sri Lanka Army which specializes in military medicine and provides medical services to all army personnel and their families in war and in peace. It is made up of 4 regular units and one volunteer unit. Headquartered in Colombo, formally at army headquarters. The corps Cap badge depicting the Rod of Asclepius. General officers and senior officers of the SLMC wear gorget patches of maroon rather than of scarlet worn by other officers of similar rank.[1]

Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps
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Cap badge of the Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps
Active1881 - present day
Country Sri Lanka
Branch Sri Lanka Army
TypeMedical corps
RoleCombat Support-Military Medicine
Size5 Units
Regimental CentreWerahera
EngagementsWorld War I
World War II
1971 Insurrection
Insurrection 1987-89
Sri Lankan Civil War
Centre CommandantBrigadier TM Hettiarachchi, RSP
Major General Dr. Chelliah Thurairaja, USP, SLMC


The origins of the corps dates back to 29 July 1881 when stretcher beater company was raised as a part of the Ceylon Light Infantry Volunteers, which evolved into the Ceylon Volunteer Medical Corps (CVMC) of the Ceylon Defence Force serving in both world wars. With Ceylon gaining self rule in 1948 and the formation of the Ceylon Army in 1949, the CVMC became a part of the Ceylon Army Volunteer Force with Lt. Col. Sydney Jayawardene was the first Commanding Officer. In October 1950 the Ceylon Army Medical Corps (CAMC) was formed in the regular force of the Ceylon Army, with 3 medical officers, and 20 other ranks drawn from the wartime CVMC, under the command of Major H. C. Serasinghe. The CAMC established a10 bed Medical Reception Station (MRS) at the General Military Hospital, Colombo operated by the Royal Army Medical Corps, which was later upgraded to a 50 bed service hospital in 1952. In 1961 a MRS were setup at the Army Training Centre, Diyatalawa. The first Regiment, CAMC was formed in 1965 and the CVMC became the 2nd (Volunteer) Regiment, CAMC with its personal serving during the 1971 JVP insurrection. The corps was renamed once again in 1972 as the Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps when Sri Lanka became a republic. With the on set of the Sri Lankan Civil War military base hospitals were established at the Palaly Military Base and at the Panagoda Cantonment in 1985. The Directorate of Army Medical Service was established in 1985. In 1997, a military base hospital was established in Anuradhapura. With civil war intensifying in the 1980's and 1990's the SLMC was expanded and deployed support combat operations and the high number of casualties.[2]


Since all three armed forces and the police maintain their medical services with their own hospitals, the corp is only responsible for maintaining and operating army medical facilities mainly focused on treatment of battle casualties. Apart from medical reception stations in almost all military stations these include;

Military Hospitals
Base Hospitals in


Regular ArmyEdit

  • 1st Regiment, Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps (Regimental HQ SLAMC, Werahera)
  • 3rd Regiment, Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps (Anuradhapura)
  • 4th Regiment, Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps (Jaffna)
  • 5th Regiment, Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps (Habarana)


Training CentresEdit

  • Sri Lanka Army Military School Of Nursing


Officer Careers:

Soldier Trades:

Notable membersEdit

Order of precedenceEdit

Preceded by Order of Precedence Succeeded by

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Dress Regulation PDF - Part I" (PDF). Sri Lanka Army. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Silent saviours". Sunday Times. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
  3. ^ Major General C. Thurairaja was a sporting superstar Archived 2011-06-29 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "The Island-Features". Retrieved 6 February 2015.

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