Posted on Aug 24, 2020
SPC Healthcare Specialist (Combat Medic)
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MSgt Equipment Operator
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Navy medics can specialize in a variety of medical skills from diving, aviation and clinical to Special Operations. Navy Corpsmen can serve aboard ships, clinics, and also go into the Marine Corps as a unit medic or as Spec Ops medic.

The Special Amphibious RECON Corpsman (SARC) attends the Special Operations Combat Medic (SARC) course which is the “short course” of the 18D training — 22 weeks. Later in their careers, many SARC and SEAL and SWCC medics will attend the second half of the 18D training.

Just as a SEAL would be sniper trained or communications trained, SEALs will also get extra training to become a medic. However, when a unit does not have a combat medic, an 18D from Army Special Forces or Air Force PJs will be added to the group and perform mission essential tasks as the unit’s medic when needed.
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SSG Detailed Recruiter
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Speak with your Navy recruiter regarding all of your enlistment matters. They will know best. I'm saying this as a current Army recruiter. Do them a favor and take your questions to them and allow them to help you through your process.
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PO1 Robert Chalmers
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As a regular Corpsman you probably can. I did it, but it was over 20 years ago. But if you want to serve as a Fleet Marine Force Corpsman, (aka field medic) you'll probably have to go to the FMF course. I was granted an exception back in the late 90's because I had gotten the EFMB as a medic, and the Combat Medic Badge in Desert Storm. Your best bet is talking with a recruiter and see what hoops you might have to jump through.
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