Posts in Operational
What are the similarities and differences between assessments, diagnostics, and treatment in a combat scenario versus a civilian scenario?

The biggest differences between combat and civilian is that our first job is to eliminate the threat then treat. Additionally, you only have the med equipment that you carry on your back so you need to get creative and be decisive in what you really need to bring with you.

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I’m looking into working for AFSOC as an IDMT-Paramedic and switching to the Army for the Ranger Medic program. Any advice to pass down?

I have worked with both, and if you want to see more action as far as combat is concerned then I would recommend going the ranger route. IDMTs definitely get lots more medical training though, so if you are looking for that then go for it. Another thing to consider is that being in the Army compared to AF is a different beast, you will be treated much more like an adult in the AF. Just my 2 cents.

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My question has to do with the pipeline, and living with your family. It would be ten months of training before they get moved along with me?

It wouldn't be exactly 10 months but you will have to go through:

6wks of BMT

8 wks of SW prep

4 wks A&S

4 wks Predive

6 wks of Dive school

Then you are able to PCS to Kirtland NM where your family can move in with you. For more info about family in the pipeline/operational see my youtube video here.

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What do PJs do after the military? I’m not sure what I would do and worried it will be difficult to find a job.

Lots of PJs go the officer route and specialize just like I am doing into an MD or PA program. Or you can do contracting, get a degree in whatever you like with the military paying for your education. Another option for you could just be to go the Guard or Reserve route where you would have to take a hiatus from your job while you are in training but will be able to work a normal civilian job once you are done with training.

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I know military members don’t make much money and I’m afraid my wife and I will struggle without my current job salary. Any suggestions?

I understand your concerns and I will start by saying that this job is definitely not for everyone, as cliche as is sounds. To answer your first question, I don't know how much you make now, but as a PJ you will get a bonus for enlisting which is around 10000 as well as a reenlistment bonus every time you enlist which ranges from 25000 to 90000 depending on your commitment. You will also get an extra 750 per month in special duty pays as well as whatever per diem you may make from TDYs Deployments etc. Keeping all this in mind you just have to remember that this is still military service, so there is sacrifice involved.

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My son quit selection. What job field would you feel would be best to try to reclassify so he can come back and try Selection again?

As for him quitting, he will most likely have another chance if he were to reclassify and come back in a couple years. From my experience as an instructor, the younger candidates are more prone to making impulsive decisions and I have seen it time and time again when the student will have a moment of weakness. I always tell the students who quit that it does not define the person you are if you don’t let it. Take the time you need to get over it, then learn from it and get back on the horse. If he has the option I would recommend him to try out for SERE then go back to PJ when he is ready.

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How did you get through the different types of injuries that you saw? I keep wondering if I can handle the different types of injuries that I would come across.

I always would think of the injuries as a more mechanical issue than just a person screaming and in pain. In the moment you need to do what you have to do in order to save the person’s life. So you have to put aside feelings for that time in order to get things done. After you finish the moment, you will need to speak with someone and make sure you don't let that experience seep in too deep and create a problem. At the end of the day, you just gotta make it happen.

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