THINGS I'VE LEARNED AS AN ARMY DOCTOR THAT I WOULDN'T HAVE LEARNED AS A CIVILIAN DOCTOR
Just to name a few
- •How to kill people and save lives at the same timeThe irony
- •At least six different ways to drag or carry people twice my size to safety while getting shot at
- •How to wrangle a goatBelieve it or not, this was required as part of one of my training courses. Probably the weirdest thing I've done.
- •How to MacGyver paracord into: clothes lines, changing stalls, handcuffs/restraints, a ladder, splints, tourniquets, a stretcher, and more
- •How to make really secure makeshift tourniquets out of every day items, like a pen and torn fabric
- •How to apply a tourniquet to my own blown off arm in less than 10 seconds
- •How to apply a tourniquet to an injured battle buddy in less than 10 seconds
- •How to shoot a 9mm pistol, an M16 rifle, and an M4 rifle.
- •How to lead and run care during a MASCAL (massive casualty) situation
- •How to react during a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attack, proper medical protocols and decontamination procedures.
- •How to raid a house or building
- •How to dig a trench and sandbag a buildingWhen we got hit by two hurricanes during a field training exercise in Japan
- •How to MEDEVAC and AIREVAC patients to safety and further care
- •How to rappel and zip line.
- •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.
- •I'm sure there are tons more but these are the most memorable.