Posted on Feb 26, 2020
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For a 70B, what is the difference between a Field Medical Assistant and a Medical Operations Officer?
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Realistically, its the same job with two different titles under the combat arms. You will fill a Field Medical Assistant slot when you are with an Artillery unit as they typically are only assigned a PA to their unit. Medical Operations Officer or MEDO are slots filled within Maneuver combat arms (I.E. Cav, Armor, and Infanty). MEDO's work with a Doctor and a PA usually. Size of the medical assets are also different but you are still planning the medical coverage for your unit as well as coordinating with adjacent units for any medical coverage as well as working with your BDE MEDO as well as Role II whether it is a Brigade support Medical Company or an Area Support Medical Company.
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Thank you for the response! Could you expand on what you said for the size of the medical assets for each position? I would be interested in hearing the difference between the two in this regard.
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The best explanation will be found on FMSWeb as it allows you to look at the equipment and manning allotments for your specific unit. Based off of my experiences with a self propelled artillery unit as well as a light infantry unit; your allotments of medics and providers for the Artillery unit will be no more than twenty medics with the use of one PA. These slots include medics for your batteries, the FSC, as well as to run your BAS. The light infantry unit will typically allot for 34-40 medics as well as your PA and Profis doctor (unless you are ARNG, then you will have an assigned doctor). These medics are to fill your infantry companies, BAS, as well as FSC that is assigned to you. I am not as familiar with CAV or Armor so I will not be able to provide specifics; but you can examine FMSWeb for that.
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1LT(P) (Join to see) Thank you for the response, Sir. I appreciate all of the information!
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