equivalent size unit. This training is normally provided by the medical personnel
assigned or attached to the unit.
(3) Combat medic. The combat medic is the first individual in the combat
health support chain who makes medically substantiated decisions based on military
occupational specialty (MOS) specific medical training. The combat medic is trained to
the emergency medical technician (EMT) level.
b. Additional unit level care is provided by the battalion aid station.
(1) Personnel and equipment. When required by the tactical situation, the
battalion medical platoon has sufficient personnel and equipment for the temporary,
simultaneous operation of two aid stations. When a single aid station is operating, the
physician (medical platoon leader) supervises the treatment provided in the aid station
and also performs emergency medical treatment therein. He is assisted by the
physician assistant (PA) and other members of the aid station element. Included in this
element are senior emergency medical aidman and medical aidmen, who assist in the
treatment of patients, the conduct of sick call, and overall operation of the aid station.
(2) Location. The aid station is established as far forward in the battalion
area of operation as the tactical situation permits, generally in the battalion support
area. The location of the aid station may be farther forward in the attack than the
DIVISION LEVEL (ECHELON II)
a. Division level medical support is designed as a modular medical support
system that standardizes medical elements throughout the division. It is tactically
mobile and responsive to the needs of the division. Division level medical care is
rendered at the divisional and nondivisional clearing station.
b. Here the casualty is examined and his wounds and general status are
evaluated to determine his priority for continued evacuation to the rear. Emergency
care/resuscitation is continued and, if necessary, initial urgent surgery is performed.
c. Limited dental, laboratory, optometry, preventive medicine, and mental health
services are also provided at this echelon, in addition to medical resupply of supported
forces. These functions are typically performed by medical companies/troops organic to
support battalions or divisions, support battalion of separate infantry brigades (SIB),
support squadrons of armored cavalry regiments (ACR), and area support medical
battalions. These Echelon II units are employed in the combat zone (brigade, division,
and corps support areas) and the COMMZ.