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Field/Combat Medics

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Work Environment

Field/combat medics usually work in hospitals and clinics on land or aboard ships. Medical emergency technicians may give emergency medical treatment in the field.

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  • Average Military Salary



Some Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are trained to provide medical care in an operational or combat environment. These EMTs, sometimes called field/combat medics, provide frontline trauma and medical care to deployed personnel. They care for those suffering from disease as well as those injured in combat. In addition to being prepared to work in combat, these health professionals are often trained in health concerns related to specific conditions, such as those encountered during diving or flight operations.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Job training for field/combat medics consists of classroom and on-the job instruction, including practice in providing patient care.

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions
  • Interest in helping others

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