Military PAs - page 2

I know this is a nurse site, but I have a question about what military PAs do and where they work when deployed. I've heard that they work very close to the front, is that true? And is it possible to... Read More

  1. by   Weebils-Wobble
    [PHP]While we're on this subject, I think we'll agree on this - whose bright idea was it to allow folks to FLY on civilian aircraft in uniform? These people were not attaches or anything - they were returning from basic (you know how they stand out!). You couldn't do that when I was in. Now THAT is definitely UNSAFE![/PHP]

    I was a 17y/o recruit once. I think I slept in my crakerjacks for a month once I earned them. Some of that could be attributed to ETOH abuse and not pride mind you but you could not have convinced me it was irrational.

    The counterterrorism briefings have come a long way. I'm certain that those recruits were going against SOP. I saw what looked like an entire company worth of soldiers in DBDUs in a civillian airport terminal. I couldn't believe they weren't out on the tarmack.
  2. by   mwbeah
    Quote from carolinapooh
    Speaking as prior military - you have to remember these folks are speaking civilianese, so I'd give them a bit more credit.

    There IS a front line in Iraq. Trust me - I get reports from over there all the time. My husband will be more than happy to tell you there IS indeed a front.

    Where PAs practice is NOT a matter of operational security. They don't want grid coordinates; the OP just wants to know what type of facilities they'd be in.

    So I'll make the attempt to answer.

    Tents in Iraq and Afghanistan, mostly. My father flew Medevac in Vietnam and Korea as a Navy corpsman so I would suppose that's a good possibility in Iraq and Afghanistan today. There are still several large military medical facilities - including hospitals (Wilford Hall in San Antonio at Lackland and the hospital at Ramstein Air Base come to mind) - where PAs are used. The guy I had as my PCP in OK was a PA. Many bases also still have base clinics (these ARE falling victim to BRAC closure, though, like the one at Altus did while I was there). You could be onboard ship if in the Navy or Marines.

    And there aren't just PAs in the Army. They're in all the branches - AF, Navy/Marines, Army, and Coast Guard.

    And I've been plenty of places in the military that weren't hazardous. (I say that because I feel as though the responding poster above made it sound as though you have to be in full Kevlar and low-crawling while you're moseying on over to the base exchange at your base in, say, California.) Being in the military gives you the POTENTIAL for being deployed to somewhere dangerous in a war zone - at any given time. Especially now. You HAVE to keep that in mind before you sign on the dotted line.

    When I was in, entrance into these programs - both ROTC and the service-run school (yes, there's a military PA program; trust me - I looked into it when I was in) - was VERY competitive. But by all means, don't let that stop you. PAs are generally officers, so I would call up a ROTC detachment in your area or at a university with a PA program you're interested in and ask them about health professions scholarships. Local recruiters are generally looking for enlisted bodies and may or may not know a lot about commissioning opportunities.

    Anyway, maybe that will help. Good luck!
    As an active duty veteran of OIF, I can tell you that the lines ARE NOT linear. The is no clear delineation of what is the "front" and what is not. It is called "4th Generation Warfare". If you want an explanation of that it is very easily googled. For example, the workers in the camps could be the same people who are performing terrorist operations against you. The bottom line is that it is tough to fight an enemy that could be ANYWHERE at anytime.

  3. by   mwbeah
    Quote from Weebils-Wobble
    There is nowhere "safe" for a uniformed member of the military.
    I will add one caveat, the insurgency looks for targets of opportunity to make a statement. The high value targets are ANY American (how soon we forget 9/11).