Posted on Jun 26, 2018
Austin Oakes
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What do I need to do as a recruit in the NG (going active duty and going to MEPS in September) to become a 68W, and to become a line doc? What preparations do I need to make before going to boot/AIT to help better my chances of becoming a line doc? What do I need to have for a GT, ST, and Core scores for it to be possible? What am I going to expect from MEPS/Boot/AIT for job placement on the line?
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SSG Clinic Ncoic
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1) Stop thinking that you are gonna be a line doc. There is a chance you will be a line medic but "Doc" is earned.
2) Learn to lift heavy shit and run until it hurts. If your casualty is 300lbs with kit and you can barely move 150lbs, you have failed.
3) Stay Humble, stay nimble, and stay ahead of the game. If your on the line you have to do their job better than them and your job better than everyone.

Now a question for you, why the obsession with line medic and not the title of Combat Medic?
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Austin Oakes
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My choice of wording was off. I've been talking with current service family members about choosing a job and they see how I really like the Combat Medic job. I got the passion to help my brothers and sisters out when they need it the most. I've loved science and anatomy since I was a wee kid. I should've chosen Combat Medic instead of line doc for my wording. My apologies. But yes I just want to know what I should prep myself for if I were to take a State Cert EMT course (scholarship) would I be able to accel to whiskey phase. But as I've been scrolling I need to get my NREMT.
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SPC Brian Mason
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Most importantly, get in shape. Change your diet and water intake NOW and forever.
Grunts may do a lot of heavy lifting and carry more ammo, but a lot of what we do is also physically demanding.
If you have time, take and complete a BLS course. You'll have an advantage on people who don't have any medial experience.
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1. Your recruiter can tell you what the current ASVAB requirements are for 68Ws. That also assumes there are slots open - usually though medics have slots open.
2. As NG you may get the opportunity to go to an NG combat arms unit but when you are at MEPS they will tell you what units have slots. Don’t get butt hurt if your 68W slot is with an area support medical company - needs of the army. Take whats available - you can always move around later when youve been in for a little while.
3. When you are in AIT, make sure you study and take your studies somewhat seriously. And when you graduate - keep learning - don’t be that guy who thinks cuz he just graduated AIT thats the end all of the compendia of combat and military medicine.
4. Medics work everywhere in the army - take advantage of that. There is alot to be learned working sick call, in an FST, in a field hospital, ER, etc. I deployed in a Role 2 and was teaching “line” medics stuff cuz i was seeing more medically and trauma speaking than they were. They volunteered to work in my role 2 cuz we actualky did stuff on a refular basis! Being on the line is sexy and all but you wont get better at being a medic if you don’t move around. And honestly, 99% of the time being a line medic is primary care and bullsh** - trust me on that.

I love being a medic and you will too, just dont pidgeon hole yourself into a dead end by not being flexible.
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CPL Tj Wicksell
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And by bullshit**, he means examining mens genitals! And a good mix of malingerers.
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