Air Force medic vs Navy Medic? - page 3

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  1. by   jeckrn
    Quote from amazony71
    please do not label an AF medic as a corpsman...the reason Hospital Corpsman of the navy are called "corpsman" is because we are apart of the Marine....CORPS. AF medical enlisted are medics, they have nothing to do with the marine corps.
    HM's are called "Corpsman" because it is short for Hospital Corpsman, it has nothing to do with being part of the Marines.

    "The imminent danger of combat in the Spanish-American War to spur Congress into action. Within a bill aimed at building the armed forces was a section to provide for the Navy’s long-needed Hospital Corps. It was approved by President William McKinley on 17 June 1898. From that date to the present, either generically or by rating title, medical Sailors have been called “hospital corpsmen.”"
    Last edit by jeckrn on Oct 18, '10
  2. by   GeorgiaBoy61
    Quote from TrinaRoschelle
    Does anyone know who has a better prgram?
    All of the services have excellent preparation for enlisted medical personnel, but the branches differ in how they employ their people, depending on the missions being carried out. I've known quite a few former navy corpsmen, and they are always very well-trained and sharp. Because a corpsman may be the sole medical provider in some situations, i.e., some ships at sea or as a Fleet Marine Force HM with the grunts, the navy trains them to a very high standard. Medical Corpsmen have a distinguished history, and great espirit d'corps if that sort of thing is important to you. AF medics, such as pararescueman, are justly renowned as superb medics. I can't comment on the "typical" enlisted airmen's medic training. One of my relatives is a retired USAF NCO (not a medic), and he speaks well of his time in that service. Do your homework, ask around, and remember that the recruiters will not always present the "bad" of their services, along with the good. The good ones will, so if you aren't getting the answers you want, don't give up... keep digging. Military bulletin boards such as may also be of help for general questions and concerns about the military. They have threads devoted to each of the branches as well as to medics. Best of luck with your decision.
  3. by   liftolot
    Im an air force medic first off, I believe that all branches of the military have good medical training. army is more combat related as it should be. air force and navy are close to the same. but the truth is when it comes to being a medic it depends on the person. i have seen good navy medics and bad navy medics and good airforce medics and bad airforce medics. its taking the extra step and training like crazy that make you a good medic. im in afghanistan for the 2nd time working for the marines and army in helmond province. i have no doctor to help me. the airforce and some army training has prepared me for this deployment. I have seen Army, Navy, and Airforce medics out here all doing the same thing. The Navy mostly runs the clinic or aid station on base and the army and airforce run the missions. the airforce medics run the long 10 to 15 day missions because 80% of the treatment we do is not from IED's or gun shots its your normal sick call stuff. but when all hell breaks loose air force medics can transisition into combat medics and treat under fire. but like I said it all depends on the person.
  4. by   Bgp0231
    1st off all what a great site I found, and 2nd I found the time to write a quick reply in between shifts. Okay where I currently am at and where I could have started might of or might not have gotten me a little further who knows. I joined the Navy in Aug 86, but right after graduation I became an EMT <-- this should of became my field while serving in the Navy but they say my asvab wasn't high enough. So I went in at a BT (Boiler Technician) where I stayed from 86-90. I could say it was uneventful and boring but we were called to duty to the Persian Gulf in 87-88 we arrived days after the USS Stark was hit with the exorcist missile, then USS Samuel B Roberts in Jan 88. So US Navy was a minor awakening, so after release from active duty in Sept 90 just 2 weeks later I joined the US Army reserve where I got assigned to Fort Devens under the 94th Arcom with a transportation unit 323rd if memory serves me correctly. After going to Gagetown NB for our 2 week training I was asked to do the medical training / CPR class <-- this is where my medical took off and story. A nurse who was covering the hospital unit and ambulance at the time wrote me a recommendation letter to attend nursing school for US Army. So off to Fort Sam Houston in Aug 91, where classroom work was a challenge and fun at same time. I met dozens and made friends with US Army and US Navy (Corpsmen) all interacted taught at same place, except for Corpsman which can do more advanced schooling for FMF which is at Camp Jejune, NC for those whom want to be combat medics for USMC a great honor. After the Persian Gulf War in Feb 91I went home to Bostonwhere I joined a reserve unit until I was honorably discharged in Oct 94. I still keep in touch with some corpsman still on active duty and once in blue moon some former soldiers from the gulf war.
  5. by   PMFB-RN
    FYI In California navy corpmen, and army medics can challenge the LVN NCLEX. That is what I did. I suppose air force medics could as well but I don't know that for sure.
    I then went to Wisconsin (cause I had heard they had changed their LPN to RN program and were military friendly) and did LPN to RN in two semesters.