My question is, can RN's be combat medics or do you have to be a doctor? Im a junior in high school right now and when I graduate I plan on going to college to become an RN, while in school I am going to join the ROTC then Army after I graduate. I am sure I am going to be a nurse in the army, but thats the thing isnt just saying nurse in the army broad? are there many sub group kind of things while being an army nurse? All I know is that I dont want to end up stationed at some hospital in the middle of Georgia, I want to be overseas, I guess get more into the action. The way I feel about it is that I know I dont have the courage to be a solider so I feel that I can help by fixing them when they need help so they can either go back or go home alive. any info would be aprreciated!
Feb 25, '10
I was an Air Force medic and worked along side many Army Medics. You don't have to be an RN or LPN to be a medic. The Army has its own training program that will provide you with the required skills. I am not sure if this is still the case, but once you have finished tech school, you could apply for LPN boards. Here is a link for more info on the Combat Medic MOS http://usmilitary.about.com/od/enlistedjobs/a/68w.htm
Feb 25, '10
Wow, Combat Medic? That's testosterone talking.
You need some career counseling.
The job performed by medics are different from that of nurses. If you want to be in a field unit or combat unit then you won't do it as an RN. If you go ROTC and a BSN program they will certainly enroll you in the Army Nursing Corps. Medics are enlisted... RNs are commissioned officers.
You can be attached to some field hospitals, M.A.S.H. or a F.A.S.T. Team but don't look for much in the way of fun/excitement. Nursing is nursing, medics are front-line.
Nursing pays more.
Good luck with your choice.
Feb 25, '10
I know a former combat medic who did two terms in Afghanistan while her husband cared for the 2 kids at home. She learned it all in the Army. Now she is is an RN charge nurse in a local ER. Nothing scares her.
Feb 25, '10
There are a lot of different routes to take.
If you sign up with nothing but a High School Diploma as a "Personal Health Care Specialist" (there is the new PC term for Medic) then you will go into training to complete an EMT-B certification. From there you go on to learn a lot of stuff that most civilian EMT-B's aren't allowed to do, I.V.'s, chest decompressions, ect.
If you do go in with a High School diploma I strongly suggest holding out until you can get a M6 ASI (Advanced Skill Identifier) in your contract, which will make you an LVN/LPN.
I don't know exactly what it is you're looking to do when you say Combat Medic - so I'll ask you, what is it you want to get out of the military itself? What do you expect to be doing as a Combat Medic?
If you're an adrenaline junky, and you think you're tough enough for it - you can get a OPT 40 contract which guarantee's you a shot at Ranger school. Although I hear OPT 40's are very very very hard to get these days. At the very least get an OPT 4 to guarantee airborne.
There is also the 18X contract, but to be honest with you it's just a way to get guys into Infantry. If you're going to be Special Forces - you'll get chosen from it throughout training, it's not something you can just accomplish because you got it in your contract.
From an Officer point of view, if you plan on going ROTC. You would want to get a BSN, and then you'd most likely be placed in the Nursing Corps.
Just keep in mind, unless you carry an actual MD in your title - everyone in the medical field gets deployed.
The only medics in general who actually see a lot of combat are Ranger Medics and Green Beanies.As an Officer in the sand box, your job is more of a management type position than it is leg work.
Most medics are encouraged to stay within base - usually you're forced to because there is way too much work to do anyway. Sooner or later just about everyone has to go clearing houses, though.
On a side note, the Navy Corpsman receive a lot more practical training than Army Medics do - it may be something you want to look into.
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