Figure 4-15. Typical organization and staffing of treatment platoon, medical support
company, main support battalion.
a. Treatment Platoon Headquarters. This office provides command control of
the treatment platoon. It also provides communications operations for the platoon to
determine and direct disposition of patients received from the brigade area and
coordination of further evacuation for these patients as required. It is typically staffed
with a platoon leader field medical assistant, platoon sergeant, patient administration
specialist, radio operator, and a tactical communications system operator/mechanic.
(1) Platoon leader. The platoon leader directs, coordinates, and supervises
platoon operations and assumes command of the company when the commander is
absent. This officer is a general surgeon. As such, the officer examines, diagnoses,
treats, or prescribes courses of treatment or surgery for patients having injuries or
disorders with surgical conditions. The general surgeon also performs required surgery.
(2) Field medical assistant. This officer assists the platoon leader with
administration, organization, supply, training, operation, transportation and patient
evacuation for the platoon.