Quote from DanznRN
We di not receive "combat training" as you asked. The Geneva Convention does not allow medical personel to actively participate in combat. And technically if you were captured, provided the enemy abides by the convention, you are supposed to be returned to your side or put in a position where you could be utilized to treat wounded. Now, we do receive some weapons training only as a means of self-defense. Most officers are issued a 9mm or .45 in the field to protect yourself, but we receive no formal combat training. That's is why we have the Marines.
however the military nurse when deployed on land or flying over non friendly territory stil requires basic soldiering, survival and fieldcraft skills...
you are not going to be a trained infantryman - this is not your role - although there are always routes and ways to improve your general military skills.
The Geneva Convention is academic in most of the modern wars where the enemy combatants are not soliders belonging to a recognised military or militia - probably the last wars where the geneva convention had a shread of relevance would have been the Falklands or possibly the first edition of the Gulf (with Shrub senior and Maggie rather than Shrub junior and Bliar)
weapons training is primarily for self defence , the defence of your patients or facility - but this doesn't mean that you should be unfamiliar with the common IW systems - from the point of view as a (former) UK reservist ( and currently seriously considering going reg) we were required to be familair with both the L85 family and the 9mm browning and many of those who had deployed were sufficiently familiar with common emnemy IWs to be able to safely handle them , unload and render them out of use