A diverse role in which I was able to grow as a medical professional and a leader.
Pros: most current tactics/procedures, vast amount of experiences
Cons: promotion system, shaving every day
There was no such thing as a predictable day at work. When on drill status (not deployed) I would be educating junior medics through a PowerPoint lectures one weekend and the next we would be implimenting the lecutes into realtime, hands-on training out in the field.
I spent my first deployment on a peacekeeping mission patrolling through villages with the infantry units. Our mission was to identify the needs of the entire section of villages and assist in bringing together two cultures that had an ancient hatred of one another. Through this my personal responsibilities fell to the health and – more... welfare of 40 person platoon walking through the villages with me. I would educate/train the soldiers how to treat each other at the point of injury, I would maintain soldiers' health/welfare while keeping in mind our fighting strength as an entire unit by screening soldiers for 'sick call' which was the on base clinic and educate them and be a resource for them should they ever need further care.
My second deployment I had risen to the rank I finished my contract with. I was one of the medical platoon's section sergeants. Here my responsibilities diversed into three broader categories. First, I was a leader and a mentor to 4 platoon medics. It was my responsibilty to make sure they had been taking care of their soldiers as I had done on my first deployment. Second, I was a liason between the platoons these 4 medics served and the higher Company element. I kept the senior leadership informed of our fighting strength and training development, I also brought down to the lower levels our medical capabilities that would be available for individual missions. Third, my responsibilities fell to the Battalion Aid Station where my job responsibilities closely resembled those of a nurse at a clinic. I worked directly with a PA-C assisting in any needs of patient care and performed medical screening/triage, assessments, and assisted in treatments.
The hardest part of working through the military was witnessing such anger and hatred from cultures of people toward others. I had the pleasure of working with some of the brightest minds as well as the task of being alongside others motivated by the simplist of measures such as money. What made this job unique was to see countless amounts of cultures all wearing the same uniform and working towards the same goal. – less