Posted on May 15, 2020
Spencer Dean
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I just graduated whiskey AIT and I am a new private in an infantry battalion. I wanted to know if at most units is it like the schoolhouse where they make you take NPAs during like every training event where you sim as a casualty ? Because I am a normal nose breathing human, I HATE taking NPAs. Now that I’m out of AIT, am I finally to a point where I can just give NPAs rather than take them?
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SSG Clinic Ncoic
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Your infantrymen will never trust you if you don’t do it/ can’t do it to yourself. I never trained my boys or my junior medics to do procedures I was not comfortable doing/ demonstrating. When your willing to take it yourself, that shows them you are one of them.
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SGT(P) Medical Nco
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It will only take one inferior turbinate avulsion to knock that off. Benefit vs risk? Is it worth the risk just to show that you can “handle” it? Honestly, if someone in the medical field is willing to do immature acts just to show that you can, I’d rather not see patients with them. There isn’t a training benefit just to show an untrained person that you can do a procedure on yourself. Save your “lifesaving” ability to when you’re actually needed. People will respect that more.
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SFC Bryan Stetzer
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Something else I would mention is that the Army has largely moved away from "notional" and "for training purposes only" stuff. As much as possible, it's all "train like you fight". This is to avoid training scars (like the guys in the Battle of Mogadishu running out, under fire, to gather up the ropes). BLUF: procedures you'll need to do, you'll practice for real, especially something as common and simple as an NPA. And you'll practice them on each other. So suck it up cupcake, you'll be on the receiving end of more of them.
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