MEDICAL PLATOON (ECHELON I)
Initial medical treatment and evacuation rely primarily upon the medical platoon
(figure 1-3) organic to the combat maneuver battalion.
Figure 1-3. Example of a medical platoon.
a. Medical Platoon Mission. The medical platoon organic to the headquarters
and headquarters company (HHC) of the combat maneuver battalion provides medical
evacuation support for the battalion. The platoon's mission is to provide this support for
the subordinate elements of the battalion and also provide support to other elements
that do not have organic medical evacuation resources in the sector providing combat
support to their unit.
b. Headquarters Section. Headquarters section consists of a platoon leader and
a platoon sergeant. The platoon leader is a physician (medical corps) who serves as the
battalion surgeon and is also part of the treatment squad section. The platoon sergeant
is a medical noncommissioned officer (NCO). He can also act as the leader of a
treatment team if necessary.
c. Treatment Squad. The treatment squad consists of two treatment team
modules. One treatment team module consists of a physician (platoon commander) and
three medical specialists. The other treatment team consists of a physician assistant
(PA) and three medical specialists. Each treatment team has its own vehicle (an M577 in
heavy divisions) that serves as a mobile BAS. Both treatment teams may be located at
the same site or the teams can separate and establish separate treatment sites.