With over 1600, and an authorized strength up to 2500, the Medical Reserve provides essential health services support to the Canadian Forces at units and clinics, at home and abroad. Many of these reservists have full-time careers outside the Canadian Forces (CF) in a wide range of civilian health care professions, including medicine, nursing and social work, while others are full-time students or members of other trades or professions. Reservists are typically employed in Primary Reserve units located in 14 cities across Canada or 1 Canadian Field Hospital (CFH) Detachment Ottawa or Edmonton or wherever there is a group of specialist staff.