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Jimbo
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posted 10 September 2021 18:09      Profile for Jimbo   Email Jimbo   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Much of the talk here is centred around the combat arms, and I was wondering about some of the other branches. Specifically the medics... Is anyone here a medic?

When I went to the recruiters about joining the reserves, they couldn't tell me a whole lot about medical training; like here, they were more interested in pushing me towards one of the combat arms. Odd; I would have thought that medics would be one the more vital branches- soldiers can't fight if they're injured.

So, anyone want to take a shot at it? What sort of training, do they get? Is it different than the combat arms (QL2/3)? Whaddya say?

Thanks, Jimbo.


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posted 10 September 2021 19:04      Profile for Roko     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
One of my friends is joning the reserves as a medic, although I'm not sure of the details.... Unfortunatley, he's not on this bbs..


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posted 13 September 2021 10:20      Profile for ender   Email ender   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
One of my good friends is in the reserves as a medic.

I seriously wouldn't reccomend it. Medics do a lot of sitting in trucks waiting for someone to get injured, especially those in a medical company. They don't really get to do much. And as a reserve medic, you arn't qualified to go on tour as a medic unless you are civvi nurse or something. If you want a more active role, don't go for medic.
If you do go medic, I strongly reccomend to go for a medic attached to a unit (ie. Infantry) as opposed to a medical company. A little more interesting there.


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Rob D
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posted 13 September 2021 12:41      Profile for Rob D     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hi there. I'm a medic in a non-medical (armoured) unit. Being in a non-med unit is a LOT more fun than doing the "tent up, tent down" think as a private or corporal in a med coy. You get to find out about a bunch of combat stuff (the Cougars, armoured tactics, recce patrols, radio, etc. in my case), and you're also somewhat of a "specialist" in the unit, with a definite responisibilty. Also, you will get a chance to do injury and illness treatment in the field, along with other stuff, not just hanging around in a truck waiting to get called in (not that I like to have people get hurt, but I think you know what I mean). The downside is that you will not get as much regular/planned-out continuation training as you would in a med coy (although you should be able to drop in for som training with the local med coy on occasion).

You might have heard talk about how medics will not be attached to field units, but will instead be farmed out "as needed" from med coys to field units on exercise. I'm not sure what the official plan is, but I sure hope that doesn't happen because a) I now have a reasonable appreciation for what an armoured unit does, how they go about doing their work, what their typical hazards and injury scenarios are, etc., b) I like my unit and the guys and gals I'm with, and c) The people in the unit know me and respect me for my role and skills.

Best of luck with whatever path you choose...

Rob [Canadian]


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posted 13 September 2021 12:48      Profile for Rob D     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I also forgot to mention that I get to wear a nice black beret... One of my reason for wanting to be in an armoured unit is that my mom's brother was killed at Le Mesnil Patry (11 June 44), those of you wearing Black Hats will know what I mean...

Rob


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posted 20 September 2021 15:47      Profile for ender   Email ender   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
acebar---sorry)
I think it's better for a medic to be attached to a unit because that way they are part of the team, you know them and they know you. It's also important for the medic to know things like Spr. Bloggins is allergic to bee stings. Also, I don't trust the med coy medics but I do trust the ones attached to the unit. And the attached medic learns the skills that are nessesary to move with the regiment ie. patrolling skills. The med coy medics patrolling skills are probably not up to snuff for going out with an infantry platoon.

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Brad Sallows
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posted 21 September 2021 20:26      Profile for Brad Sallows   Email Brad Sallows   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
>Also, I don't trust the med coy medics but I do trust the ones attached to the unit.

Why?



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posted 23 September 2021 15:39      Profile for RCA     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Not to discourage anyone, but right now the medical branch is not sure whether they are coming or going. Unit medic's and medical company's chains of command are nor sorted out (they may not even end up belonging to CBGs) and their trg (as with so many CSS) to the point of needing multi-years to get back on track. Someone is empire building and the *** -in-the-grass types are going to suffer.

Having said that anyone with a desire to MA, stick it out. It is just going to take time. How much is anyone's guess.

For those with TI, strong rumours have it that CFRETS shortcomings have finally been noticed and a major shake up is in the works. Maybe the CSS side of the house will gets act together and start trg again. Unfortunately again, this doesn't apply to the medical branch.

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