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Old 03-05-2009, 06:45 AM
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Default New Army Reserve Mom - Combat Medic

Hi! I'm Mike's mom...Stumbled across the forum while searching for anything I can on exactly what a Combat Medic does and how the training is....it's great to see everyone interact like this!

Anyway...my soon to be 20 yr old just graduated from BCT at Ft. Benning and has been at Ft Sam Houston a week tomorrow - AIT for Combat Medic. He's discouraged and apprehensive because he's consumed with all the medical training they cram within the first 6 weeks. He gets frustrated easily. Any advice I can offer besides "Hang in there and keep your sights on why you joined?"

Thanks and I hope to learn lot of things from ya'll!!!
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Old 03-05-2009, 07:08 AM
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"Hang in there and keep your sights on why you joined?"
That's about as good as any advice.

He's technically not a Combat Medic. His 68W MOS is listed as "Health Care Specialist". He could work in a hospital, an aid station or anywhere. He could also go along with the Infantry in combat & tend to the wounded & injured. Once he proves himself to the men he cares for he'll be called "Doc", a title that carries a lot of prestige.

Sometime during his career he might have the opportunity to be schooled in the M6 MOS enhancer. That'll make him a Practical Nurse.

In any event he can be a Paramedic or EMT when he leaves the Army.
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Old 03-05-2009, 07:35 AM
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Thanks! That's what I gathered from the information I've read. I just think he's feeling he's in over his head. I hope he's stays with it and makes a career of it.
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Old 03-05-2009, 07:43 AM
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I am a retired Soldier(retired Nov. of 08) I was a 68WM6 for 15 years of my enlistment and a instructor at Ft. Sam. The health care specialist training is extremely challenging and intense, however he can get through it. As a Instructor I found that most students that struggled with the training usually had a problem with focusing on the tasks at hand. It is very important that he takes every opportunity to study andd get additional help from the staff. Instructors are charged with making sure that every student in attendance passes the course. Once he graduates he will find that he has made an excellent choice for a career. I wouldnt take a million bucks for the times I had as a Medic for the Army. I was stationed in many different units ( a medic can go anywhere) annd was able to take full advantage of the training that other MOS's get. The medic,( if he is good) will be respected by all in his unit. The title "Doc" is not just given out, he has to earn it. You are doing what you can to help him. Continue to encourage and support him.
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Old 03-05-2009, 09:34 AM
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reconmedik & MSG Glenn - thank you so much for the words of encouragement. I will definitely pass this information along to encourage him as well.

Thank you all for your service to our country.
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Old 03-06-2009, 10:39 AM
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hey, i stumbled across this post and figured i would throw my 2 cents in--

Maybe my view of things is slightly distorted, but being an Medic in a combat unit (more specifically, INFANTRY unit), is quite possibly the toughest yet most rewarding (and best!) job in the Army. Doc is a title earned, one i strived for, and respond to with pride. But being a line medic, there is no room for incompetence or lack of caring. If you want to know what a "line medic" does, well, he does everything that his peers do, plus take care of everything from the sniffles to STD's to severe trauma. In my platoon in Iraq, I stayed with the platoon sergeant, and followed behind the platoon as they pushed forward, until someone was injured at which point i started to treat the casualty. What does a non- line medic do? Well, because we really are glorified EMT's with a lot of extra skills, they are at the extreme bottom of the "totem pole" and end up doing a lot of moving boxes, taking vital signs, filing paperwork, and general janitorial work. I have never worked in a MEDDAC unit (clinic-type environment) but thats what ive seen so far.
If he is in the Army Reserves, well i dont know. There arent any infantry units in the Army Reserve, and the reserves are mostly support, so it really depends on his unit.

I had an awesome time at AIT; we had drill sergeants when i went through in 2005, i hear they got rid of them in AIT now. Either way, as long as he sticks in it, and remembers that he needs to learn everything he can, he will be alright. because someday, 44 infantryman may rely on him to bring them home to their wives and kids.

glad to know he joined as a medic... not sure if that answeres your question, but feel free to email me if it didnt
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Old 03-06-2009, 11:08 AM
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It really depends on what unit he goes to. Army reserves have very few combat units, so he will most likely end up in a clinical setting, and since he will be a cherry medic (and all 68W10's are glorified EMT's), he will end up doing a lot of non medical tasks. for instance: a lot of moving boxes, paper filing, taking vital signs, etc.

if he ends up in a combat unit, and is competent enough to earn the title Doc, then he will most likely be a "jack of all trades" sort of thing. But his primary responsibility will still be the health (physical and mental) of his platoon.

you are already doing an amazing thing; you are trying to educate yourself on what he is going through.
The best advice for him is to learn everything he can, because someday, he may responsible for bringing a group of guys home to their mothers.


email me, ill answer whatever questions you have.
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Old 03-06-2009, 01:37 PM
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I have to tell you....ya'll are an AMAZING group of guys (& girls!). Stryker - your response had me in tears and even more determined to keep my son encouraged and help him out in any way I can. I appreciate each and every one of you!!!!
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