Posted on Dec 10, 2018
Cailey Randolf
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I am trying to enlist as a combat medic. I scored a 55 on the ASVAB, but didn't qualify for medic. I missed the general technical point requirement by one.
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CPO Nate S.
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Cailey Randolf RECOMMENDATION: Get an ASVAB Study Guide and Study, Study, Study!!! What are you going to do in the field with Marines or aboard ship - make excuses. Sight something "technical".

I already don't trust you as you want to make "excuses". For that matter a US Marine Cpl Jim Canning does not trust you!!! You can bet if you do make it to and through HM basic, then to and through HM-FMF school and show up at his command as an HM he will spread the word of this thread to his fell Marines. Then what? You can have superior medical skills, but if you are not TRUSTED no one gives a damn! I had an HM like you once! Not a good situation!!!

As a RETIRED US NAVY CHIEF HOSPITAL CORPSMAN, your trust and honor are the tools of most value to you!!! If your MARINES or SAILORS believe you to make excuses they will not trust you. If you want the title "Doc" earn it!!!

I have been retried from MY NAVY over 20 years and every day I seek to keep earning the title bestowed by those who gave their lives. I owe that to them! I recommend you read a few Medal of Honor Citations about those medics (Navy Corpsmen) that paid a price my friend I don't think you are willing to pay!

- https://www.med.navy.mil/bumed/nmhistory/Pages/Medal-of-Honor.aspx
- http://www.militarywives.com/index.php/comrades-in-arms-mainmenu-382/corpsmen-mainmenu-389/medal-of-honor-corpsmen-mainmenu-390

Seer these into you mind! Know their stories. I remember the Hall of Honor in San Diego, where I attended Corps School (aka Hospitalman Basic). I got my ass chewed for being late to class because I was engrossed in reading each MoH Citation on the wall. The ass chewing was worth it!!!

My words may seem harsh to you! But, you will have LIFE and DEATH in your hands! If you cannot handle this - chose a different way to serve!



Sincerely,

Nate Szejniuk
HMC (SW/AW), USN (Ret),
HM-8432 (Operational Preventive Medicine Specialist)
HM-8404 (aka Fleet Marine Forces Operational Healthcare Specialist)

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Cailey Randolf
Cailey Randolf
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Thank you for advice and piece of mind.
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CPO Nate S.
CPO Nate S.
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Cailey Randolf - You are most welcome! If you'd like to video chat I am open to that. Just drop me a private message with your email if inclined. If you have gmail that would allow us chat via Google Hangouts if you like.

Again, people will be counting on you as a future "Doc". When you choose to serve you may be 100% technically proficient, but if you do ANYTHING to violate trust you marines, you sailors and most of your fell medical team members will not care. The health and care of everyone you encounter will question you. First, decide what being TRUSTWORTHY means to YOU and WHY? When you have that answer you will be GOOD to GO!!!

Now seer this ledge into your mind - https://fmfcmf.org/corpsman-pledge/. If you are prepared to meet this standard 24/7/365 then you know what you have to do!!! Good luck, and if I can offer you further advice and support please DON'T HESITATE to reach out!
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SSgt Keith Stanton
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You need to look in the mirror and ask yourself this question with all the honesty and character you posses: Do I have the requisite level of education and general knowledge to create a base to build upon and am I really smart enough to fully understand and absorb the training to become a medic? All of us, if we are men or woman of character, can answer that question to ourselves. If you cannot say unequivocally yes, than serve your nation in some different MOS
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SGM Bill Frazer
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Maybe, but wait- you want to be a medic, using all kind of upcoming tech changes in the medical field, and you couldn't pass the general tech test? Why should anyone want to trust their life to you? Think maybe your dreams/wants are unsustainable?
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Maj Marty Hogan
Maj Marty Hogan
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SGM Bill Frazer I will scare you once again. The guy that scores the lowest passing score in med school. They call him or her doctor. The ASVAB is a barometer to see aptitude. I will however agree with everything you said and sometimes truth on logic is there for a reason. I cant recall the cut off, but 55 cant be far away.
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SSgt Boyd Herrst
SSgt Boyd Herrst
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He needs to study and go back and take that test again SGM Frazier !
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SGM Bill Frazer
SGM Bill Frazer
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Sorry Boyd, I'm not a fan of re-do's, yes he can take it again, but that doesn't mean he will pass it. Dreams are great and should be strived for but it doesn't mean that one can hack it in the real world.
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SGM Bill Frazer
SGM Bill Frazer
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Understand Sir, but Dr- get years more training, and they have malpractice insurance, we don't and when our medics screw the pooch, we die, there is seldom a 2nd opinion on the battlefield.
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