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Old 03-09-2009, 08:15 PM
tunafinatic tunafinatic is offline
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Default Just Enlisted--68W Questions?

I was curious if anyone had any feedback about a Health Care Specialist. Is it wierd to be a guy in this field? Good, Bad, what are some of the daily duties in oversea situations?

I know its a little bit late to ask now that I've been sworn in and all but I was kind of rushed into a decision and I cant seem to find a good explanation of basic job duties. I also had the options of diver and water treatment specialist if anyone knows about them as well. I plan on going to med school so I thought that 68W sounded like a good start but I'd love some feedback.
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Old 03-09-2009, 08:23 PM
shorty32 shorty32 is offline
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68w not a bad choice i know of alot of guy's in that field plus with college and all you got alot of possibilities for other job's tried to go 68w myself but ended up a 88m
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Old 03-09-2009, 08:24 PM
shorty32 shorty32 is offline
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where you from tuna
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Old 03-09-2009, 08:44 PM
tunafinatic tunafinatic is offline
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West Chester Pa...I got a 94 on my asvabs but dont qualify for tsecret clearance so most of the great jobs I should of had are off the table.
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:38 AM
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68W is officially known as Health Care Specialists but most refer to it as Combat Medic. As a male there's a good chance you might go out with Infantry or other Combat Arms. There are Rangers who hold the 68W MOS. It's definitely not just a "female" MOS.

If you get into a Combat Arms unit & after you've proven yourself you'll be called "Doc" by others in your unit & that title holds very much prestige.

Good luck in BCT & AIT.
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:42 AM
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Default Good mos

I spent 15 years as a 68w and loved it!! It used to be called a 94B combat medic. The army changed the MOS designator and description to health care specialist to appeal to those who have an allergy to the word Combat. LOL Anyway the MOS is a good one. You can be assigned anywhere and if you do well enough in AIT you might be given the opportunity to attend M6 School which is the Army Licensed Practical Nurse Course. I went to this course and it was extremely challenging. 53 weeks long and you will be tested about every 3 days. Massive amounts of learning and you still have to fulfill your Soldier duties too P.T. etc..
I have been stationed in everything from Infantry to Cavalry to Intel to a Hospital. If medicine is interesting to you then you should enjoy this MOS alot.
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Old 03-12-2009, 02:06 AM
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you will end up in one of 4 places;

hospital (taking vitals and wiping ***)

MEDDAC unit ( a clinic doing paperwork)

BSB/RSS (support battalion working in a level ii clinic, either driving an ambulance or on trauma team)

combat ("line") unit (working with the infantry, getting shot at and blown up)

in my experience, if you go to a support unit prior to doing some time "on the line with the boys" running around with an aid bag, youll build bad habits, become a true pog, and well nevermind...
SPC Joshua M. Lord
3rd Platoon, Killer Troop
2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment

"Before God, Before Mom, they call for a Medic"
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