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U.S. Navy Corpsmen Undergo Tough Training to Save Lives


I GET THIS QUESTION ASKED A LOT AND I WOULD SAY IF I’M TRYING TO SUM UP WHAT THE JOB OF AN INDEPENDENT DUTY CORPSMAN IS, IT’S, UM… TO BE AN INDEPENDENT DUTY CORPSMAN IS BEING, LIKE, THE HIGHEST PERSON IN THE RATE. IDCS DEPLOY ON SHIPS, WITH NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE, WITH SMALL BOAT TEAMS , WITH EOD, WITH THE MARINES… THEY’RE REALLY LIKE A JACK-OF-ALL TRADES, TO BE HONEST. WHAT IT MEANS TO BE AN INDEPENDENT DUTY CORPSMAN IS THAT AT ONE POINT IN YOUR CAREER YOU WILL HAVE SOMEONE’S LIFE IN YOUR HANDS. THE TRAINING TO BE AN INDEPENDENT DUTY CORPSMAN IS QUITE BRUTAL. TODAY WE’RE AT STRATEGIC OPERATIONS, WHICH IS A HYPER-REALISTIC TRAUMA TRAINING FACILITY IN SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, THAT WE USE TO TRAIN IDC STUDENTS AT SURFACE WARFARE MEDICAL INSTITUTE. THIS TRAINING IS SO REALISTIC IT GIVES ME GOOSEBUMPS. I THINK FIRST OFF WHEN YOU COME IN HERE YOU SEE A BIG DESERT VILLAGE – YOU START WONDERING, “WHAT DID I GET MYSELF INTO?” AND THEN YOU WALK INTO THE DDG AREA AND BE LIKE, “HOLY COW, WE HAVE A SHIP IN HERE AS WELL!” AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY START HEARING EXPLOSIONS AND GUNFIRE AND THAT’S PART OF ACTUALLY TRAINING A STUDENT TO BE ABLE TO BLOCK OUT SOME OF THE SOUNDS AND FOCUS ON WHAT YOU’RE TRAINING FOR. WE’RE NOT TRAINING THEM TO BE A PATROL CORPSMEN, WE’RE NOT TRAINING THEM TO BE A MARINE – WHAT WE’RE DOING IS WE’RE TRAINING THEM TO BE AN ACTUAL LIFESAVER – AN INDEPENDENT DUTY CORPSMAN. REAL-LIFE EXPERIENCE IS ALWAYS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT, AND WE CAN’T COVER EVERYTHING AND WE CAN’T HAVE EVERYTHING PERFECT BUT WHAT WE’RE DOING IS WE’RE GETTING THEM EXPOSED TO AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, SO WHEN THEY ARE EXPOSED TO IT IN THE FLEET IN REAL LIFE THAT IT’S NOT SUCH A SHOCK AND THEY CAN MOVE ON AND DO WHAT THEY’RE TRAINED TO DO. IT’S DEFINITELY STRESSFUL, DEFINITELY REALISTIC WITH THE ACTUAL AMPUTEES, AND CUT SUITS, SO IT REALLY LOOKS LIKE THEY HAVE THEIR MISSING A LEG OR AN ARM, AND SO THAT WAS WAS REALLY REAL. IT WAS VERY STRESSFUL, BECAUSE YOU’RE TRYING TO REMEMBER EVERYTHING YOU WERE TAUGHT IN SCHOOL, EVERYTHING YOU WERE TAUGH IN CLASS, AND YOU’RE ACTUALLY APPLYING IT IN REAL LIFE. IT WAS PRETTY CRAZY OUT THERE. THE MORE SWEAT HERE IS THE LESS BLOOD WHEN WE’RE DEPLOYED, SO IF I CAN GET ALL OF THESE KINKS WORKED OUT NOW BEFORE THEY GET TO THE FLEET I’M JUST PROVIDING A BETTER PRODUCT FOR MY FRIENDS THAT ARE DEPLOYING RIGHT NOW AND TO BE HONEST TO RELIEVE THE SENIOR IDCS IN THE FLEET THAT NEED TO NEED TO BE RELIEVED. I THINK THIS TRAINING IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL FOR AN INDEPENDENT DUTY CORPSMAN OF THESE DAYS. I’M VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT TRAINING MY RELIEF AND VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT THIS TYPE OF TRAINING BECAUSE IT’S SO REALISTIC AND WILL SAVE LIVES IN THE FLEET.

Tony wyaad

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