5-17. MEDICAL CLEARING COMPANY (TABLE OF ORGANIZATION AND
a. This company receives, sorts, and provides emergency and/or supportive
treatment to medical and surgical patients until they are evacuated. It also provides
definitive treatment for patients with minor illnesses, wounds, or injuries. The company
is organized into a company headquarters and three identical clearing platoons. It is
usually attached to a medical group or a medical battalion.
b. The company is employed in the combat zone to provide clearing facilities for
corps troops. It performs similarly to the treatment platoons of the divisions. Patients
are received by direct admission on an area basis or from dispensaries or unit level
medical facilities of corps units. The company, or one or more of its platoons may
operate as a holding unit at patient transfer points such as feeder road nets. It may
expand the capabilities of hospital units; it may be used to establish small-specialized
treatment facilities such as a psychiatric treatment facility (which is formed by
augmenting the company with psychiatric detachments) and it may replace or
supplement the division treatment stations. This highly versatile unit fills many different
roles within the corps when needed and exemplifies the principle of flexibility in field
health service support. It has a capacity of 240 patients.
5-18. MEDICAL TREATMENT COMPANY (TABLE OF ORGANIZATION AND
The medical treatment company is a reorganized version of the medical clearing
company, with similar mission and capabilities. As existing clearing companies are
reorganized under TOE 8-228, the term "clearing" will be replaced by the term "medical
treatment." The medical treatment company consists of a company headquarters, three
medical treatment platoons, a holding platoon, and a mental health section. The
medical treatment companies are designed so that they may be used to reconstitute the
medical platoons of the division medical company (see note, below).
NOTE: The TOE for the medical battalion of the light infantry division (Division 86)
and the medical company of the support battalion, heavy division, use the term "medical
treatment platoon" where current TOE use the term "clearing platoon." The term
"medical treatment station" will also eventually replace the term "clearing station."
5-19. FIELD HOSPITAL AND CONVALESCENT CENTER
Under certain conditions, the field hospital and/or the convalescent center may
be employed in the corps area. However, since they are normally considered COMMZ
medical units, they will be discussed in Lesson 6.