periods, unit level medical personnel operate a unit dispensary, conduct medical MOS
training, and, when required, provide instruction to non-medical personnel in first aid,
field sanitation, personal hygiene procedures, and patient evacuation.
b. Unit level health service support may be used to support existing health
services intended for the care of the civilian population of an area, or to provide these
services when they are either inadequate or nonexistent. Such employment may be
necessary not only in general and limited war, but also in stability operations and
a. Unit level health service support is organic to the division headquarters,
DIVARTY headquarters, field artillery battalions, combat maneuver battalions (that is,
infantry, mechanized infantry, and tank), the armored or air cavalry squadron, the
combat aviation battalion company, the engineer battalion, and the air defense artillery
b. The organization of the medical platoon (section) varies with the structure of
the parent unit. In general, each may be functionally organized into headquarters, aid
station, aidman/evacuation section.
4-13. MEDICAL PLATOON LEADER
The medical platoon leader who has two major areas of responsibility--one is
commander of the medical element of the battalion and the other as the medical advisor
on the staff of the commander. Responsibilities and functions of the battalion medical
platoon leader include:
a. Planning and directing unit level health service support of the battalion
b. Assisting the S3 in planning and supervising individual and unit training of the
battalion medical platoon or section.
c. Providing the battalion commander and staff with current data on the health of
d. Supervising the administration, maintenance, discipline, organization, training,
and employment of the platoon or section.
e. Regulating patient evacuation from combat/CS companies/batteries/troops to
the aid station.