John asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 8 years ago

Is Army infantry still seeing combat in Afghanistan?

Currently a medic in the USAR, trying to get on a deployment leaving very soon with an ARNG infantry unit. Was wondering if we're still taking contact there on mounted / dismounted patrols and if any medics have any advice. It's my first deployment as a medic, and would enjoy a heads up. Respect OPSEC.

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  • 8 years ago
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    honestly where you end up all depends on the needs of the AO. NG infantry can end up doing combat operations, get stuck for the entire deployment as gate/tower guard, or do escort for any number of things ranging from supply convoys to EOD to CA/PSYOP. So before you spend any money on gear, wait to find out what you're doing.

    If you are running combat operations, you'll want a smaller aid bag than the normal blackhawk one most units issue. The skinny one they're issuing works fine (although most of the things that come in the kit for it are useless for a line medic). The "bowling ball" bag by london bridge works fine, or just load up a camel back backpack or your assault pack. You don't want to do dismounted with a large aid bag because it gets in the way in tight spaces, and it makes you an obvious target.

    Don't be a medical geardo, the only things you need to treat during combat operations are massive bleeding, tension pneumothorax, and secure an airway. The use of fluids in tactical field care (btw if you don't know TCCC inside and out then you need to take a course or spend some time researching it) is an ongoing debate. The plus side is it can help move blood if their BP starts to tank (remember- >90 systolic will have a radial pulse, >70 will have brachial, >60 will have carotid). The argument against it is fluids cannot move oxygen, so if you lost that much blood anyway then the only thing that can actually fix it is more blood. You wont be doing any advanced procedures in the field. That being said the only things you need to carry dismounted are tourniquets, kerlex/combat gauze, ace wraps, NPAs, kings, a cric kit or 2, petroleum gauze (sticks well to blood and makes a great occlusive dressing), duct tape (medical tape sucks), and some 14g needles. OPAs are useless in combat care, they're more than likely to slide out of place and you can't sit there staring at the patient in case his gag reflex returns. You shouldn't have to place a single tourniquet in your aid bag, you can easily fit 8-12 of them in spare magazine pouches (or any pouch really) on your vest or in a leg pouch, and that is the only thing you'll really need immediate access to.

    If you are doing mounted or running operations out of a remote PB/OP where you do not have a medical provider present, then it's worth filing a large aidbag with other items such as chest tubes, sick call stuff, suture kits, BVMs, fluids, etc.

    Make sure you know how to use it before you pack it.

    If you are packing it, make sure at least 3 infantrymen know how to use it too.

    If you are bringing a second aid bag for mounted operations, don't put it in your own truck. You don't want both bags getting shredded if your truck gets hit.

    Know your 9 Line

    the half life of morphine is 2 hours, the half life of narcan is 20 minutes. you should carry 12 mg of narcan (2mg doses) per every 10mg of morphine you carry, just in case

    carry more than 1 means of signalling medevac.

    soft litters are better than no litter. If you really want a SKED then make one of the grunts carry it.

    Always carry a couple of epi pens.

    If you don't have it down to muscle memory, you wont be able to do it in combat.

    That's all I can think of off the top of my head, feel free to email me.

    Edit- looks like the thumbs down haters are out, some trolls on this forum don't like it when you post useful info. One thing to add: there's nothing wrong with grabbing a second medic from the aid station or your senior medic and having him roll with you. Especially if your platoon is going to split up (such as assault and cordon elements) or you don't feel fully comfortable with being the only medic on mission. Saving lives means more than proving your bad-a**ery

    Source(s): former medic 82nd airborne
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    4 years ago

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  • 8 years ago

    According to the news, the Afghans are doing more of the work than before.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Uh...the majority of Infantry in A0stan are Army Infantry guy. Fighting every day. And being wounded and killed.

    Watch the news sometime.

    Casualties by month...

    Sep 12 - 27

    Oct 12 - 24

    Nov 12 - 17

    Dec 12 - 14

    Jan 13 - 8

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  • 8 years ago

    In Afghanistan you'll likely see combat. There are still a lot of bad guys out there and its still mostly 11Bs who are taking care of them.

  • Wraeth
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    We will be seeing combat there until the day we pull out. Just like in Iraq.

    If you are very lucky, your unit will not see combat. It is not like the movies where there is combat every day or even every other day. If you get sent to a quiet area, you may not see anything. As a medic, your job is to stay alive, and be prepared for anything. Train on your job until you can do it second nature and it becomes muscle memory. If you don't have that, then when the bullets start flying and the bombs start exploding, and your buddy gets torn apart in front of you, you will likely freeze. That is the worst thing you can do as a medic.

    Most medics I have deployed with didn't know their head from their fifth point of contact. Many got their guys killed or caused unneeded suffering. However, my last medic, I would trust with my life all the way to hell and back. He knew his job inside and out.

    Edit: The only Army medic on here is Alexander M. I would forward your questions to him.

    Source(s): US Army Scout
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