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Andy P12 Jun 2017 1:59 p.m. PST

The current orbat for the Danes has a first aider in each section. Does anybody know what training these guys have. Are the comparable to a combat medic or is their training more basic.
Trying to work out the level of medical care a Danish section has compared to other nations.

PCS Dane13 Jun 2017 4:07 a.m. PST

Hi Andy,

Both types of infantry have a First Aider in their section structure. However, it is a secondary function.

They are trained better than the average soldier (Who typically have a 'civilian'-type course and a Tactical first aid course), including a special 'medic'-light course.

They will have had training in applying drop ect., but will typically have a smaller range of abilities than the medics working the ambulances, as they have access to fewer resources and types of equipment.

Their job is to apply life saving first aid and stabilize wounded for evacuation.

I have no idea what training US combat medics have, but I think you should think of these guys as riflemen first, first aiders with extended skills second.

Andy P16 Jun 2017 6:33 a.m. PST

Hi PCS:

So they are capable of casualty stabilization then, and carry the necessary equipment above and beyond the standard field dressing(1st aid kit)that the other soldiers carry?

That is good to know, so basically they are a "Combat" medic.

Regards

Andy

Lion in the Stars16 Jun 2017 2:13 p.m. PST

They're probably equivalent to the US combat lifesaver, whose job is to keep the casualty alive until the medic can get there.

Ironically, the CLS is the guy lugging the huge "medic pack", the actual medic's pack looks just like a basic soldier's assault pack (but is full of medical supplies, because the rest of the platoon carries the stuff that would normally be in the platoon medic's assault pack).

Andy P19 Jun 2017 8:39 a.m. PST

Lion.

How many CLS are they in a US rifle platoon, i am assuming 1 per squad?

Lion in the Stars20 Jun 2017 11:09 p.m. PST

IIRC there's one per squad, one of the basic riflemen.

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