(2) Dismount, when required, leaving vehicles at the company aid post, and
form litter teams. Non-medical soldiers may be used to augment litterbearer teams,
provided the TAC commander has approved this measure.
c. Specific duties of the evacuation section include:
Maintaining contact with combat elements and the unit aid post
Evacuating litter patients to the battalion aid station.
Administering emergency medical care as needed.
Directing or guiding ambulatory patients to the aid station.
Assisting in movement of the battalion aid station.
Serving as a means of conveying medical messages and supplies.
Initiating or completing field medical cards (DO Form 1380) as required.
d. The medical platoon leader must employ his aid-evacuation elements based
upon the estimated patient load and areas of expected casualty density. If the
anticipated or actual patient load is beyond the capability of the medical platoon, a
request must be submitted through the brigade surgeon for additional patient
evacuation support from division level resources.
4-19. MEDICAL PLATOON, INFANTRY BATTALION
a. Organization. The medical platoon of an infantry battalion is shown in
Figure 4-3. The strength of the platoon varies from 27 in the air assault division infantry
battalion to 34 in a mechanized infantry battalion.