COMMZ level. The system used at the division level and forward is comprised of six
basic models as listed below.
(1) Combat medic. This module consists of one medic with a prescribed load
of medical supplies and equipment. Combat medics are assigned to the medical
platoon or section of the combat support battalions and are attached to the companies
of the battalions as required.
(2) Treatment squad. The treatment squad consists of a primary care
physician, a physician assistant (PA), and six medical specialists. The squad is trained
and equipped to provide advanced trauma management (ATM) to the battlefield
casualties. Advanced trauma management is physician or physician assistant directed
care. It is designed to resuscitate and stabilize the patient for evacuation to the next
echelon of medical care or to treat and return him to duty. Advanced trauma
management provides maximum benefit if received within 60 minutes of injury. To
maintain contact with the combat maneuver elements, each squad has two emergency
treatment vehicles. Each squad can split into two treatment teams. These squads are
organic to medical platoons or sections in maneuver battalions and designated combat
support units. This module is the building block of the medical company.
(3) Ambulance squad. The ambulance squad module is comprised of four
medical specialists and two ambulances. This squad operates in conjunction with the
treatment squad. The squad provides patient evacuation throughout the operational
continuum and care in route. Each ambulance carries a medical equipment set (MES)
that includes intravenous fluids, oxygen, bandages, and splints, as well as other medical
supplies and equipment to enable patient monitoring. In conjunction with the treatment
squad, there is the capability to acquire a patient within 30 minutes of wounding, treat
the patient, and coordinate for the rapid evacuation to the next level of care.
Ambulance squads are organic to medical platoons and sections of maneuver battalions
and squadrons, selected combat support units, divisional and nondivisional medical
treatment companies, and ground ambulance companies of the medical evacuation
(4) Area support squad. This module is composed of a dental officer, a
dental specialist, an x-ray specialist, a laboratory specialist, and associated medical
equipment set (MES). The dentist is trained in advanced trauma management to
augment the capabilities of the physician and/or physician assistant during periods of
increased treatment requirements. The area support squad is organic to medical
companies within the brigade support area, division support area, corps support area, or
(5) Patient holding squad. This module is composed of practical nurses,
medical specialists, and a medical equipment set (MES) specifically designed for the
mission of the squad. Each squad is capable of providing limited medical support for
minimal care patients who are expected to return to duty within 72 hours. Patient
holding squads are assigned to a treatment platoon of the medical company.