THINGS I'VE LEARNED AS AN ARMY DOCTOR THAT I WOULDN'T HAVE LEARNED AS A CIVILIAN DOCTOR

Just to name a few
  1. How to kill people and save lives at the same time
    The irony
  2. At least six different ways to drag or carry people twice my size to safety while getting shot at
  3. How to wrangle a goat
    Believe it or not, this was required as part of one of my training courses. Probably the weirdest thing I've done.
  4. How to MacGyver paracord into: clothes lines, changing stalls, handcuffs/restraints, a ladder, splints, tourniquets, a stretcher, and more
  5. How to make really secure makeshift tourniquets out of every day items, like a pen and torn fabric
  6. How to apply a tourniquet to my own blown off arm in less than 10 seconds
  7. How to apply a tourniquet to an injured battle buddy in less than 10 seconds
  8. How to shoot a 9mm pistol, an M16 rifle, and an M4 rifle.
  9. How to lead and run care during a MASCAL (massive casualty) situation
  10. How to react during a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attack, proper medical protocols and decontamination procedures.
  11. How to raid a house or building
  12. How to dig a trench and sandbag a building
    When we got hit by two hurricanes during a field training exercise in Japan
  13. How to MEDEVAC and AIREVAC patients to safety and further care
  14. How to rappel and zip line.
  15. Other regular army stuff, like how to do all sorts of silly exercises, how to march properly, stand in formation, salute, and many more customs and courtesies.
  16. I'm sure there are tons more but these are the most memorable.