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As a former Medic for the Army, I can tell you this. 68W training is no joke. Back when I went thru the training in '94, EMT National Registry was pretty much optional (as you needed a certain GPA to qualify to take it), now it's mandatory. If you don't pass that test, you get sent to a different MOS. STUDY STUDY STUDY. Life in Whiskey Land is not a piece of cake down at FT Sam. You will feel as though life is just the same as, if not worse than, life in Basic Training. But keep this in mind....when (not IF, as I have faith in you) you pass that course and if you have the distinct pleasure of serving in a Line Unit, when you prove your worth, there is NOTHING better than earning the title "Doc." SOLDIER MEDIC!!!!!
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As a 2015 graduate I can tell you it will be hard. You will be looked upon with pity by the airmen and sailors as you endure the most unprecedented mental and physical conditioning. You will get up at 0400 every morning to PT. You will be tasked with calling cadence and smoked if unresponsive. You will run, run, and run some more. But you will have opportunities. Slots for airborne and 75th Ranger Regiment come open and the requests for volunteers are made. I regret not taking it as I was in the top 10% for PT score. But anyway, you will be charged with keeping your barracks as spotless as can be, EVERYDAY. No Food. No Drinks. If you violate this, then you will have the entire company pulled out and smoked; this is especially true in your first phase. Don't be that guy. Do not fraternize with the females, seriously. Many got pregnant in my cycle; some tried to go AWOL. It's just dumb. The most challenging will be time management to study for your EMT. Find a battle buddy if necessary and study you a$$ off as time is working against you. Good Luck. Also, if your tired in class (which you will be - trust me), do pushups and hydrate.
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SPC (Join to see) - Bravo 232 - 4th Platoon - July 2015.
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SPC Healthcare Specialist (Combat Medic)
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Nice, I was Delta 232 1st Platoon. August-Nov 2015 SGT (Join to see) -
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Get yourself note cards and make flash cards. There is a good bit of time arriving for a formation and waiting. ANY time you have, even if it's just 2 min after chow waiting for formation, pull those cards out and work on them. Details and skills develop from knowing the basic information. Have sets of cards for every chapter, every piece of paper you are given, If something does not make sense ASK, don't try to fake it, learn your stuff. When you eventually get the opportunity to relax on the weekends, take it, but do so moderately. Getting through the EMT portion is a big step, but that is the easy part. Train hard, because there is nothing worse than a guy who barely made it through and then later has to doubt his treatments of a soldier who dies. Train hard so you know you did the best possible job possible on every patient regardless of the outcome.
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Bulldogs!
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Best time of your life. Don't be a wimp, and stay humble. Volunteer for Airborne school.
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