Dating an army medic
You've probably heard the term "medic" on TV or at the movies: Something terrible happens on a battlefield, and as the smoke begins to clear and the troops retaliate, you hear soldiers calling "Medic! But what is an Army medic, and what does he or she do?
You might assume that the "medic" in "army medic" is simply shorthand for a doctor or nurse -- part of the medical staff -- but medic is actually an official job within the U. Army with a Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) listing.
When someone claims the only people who join the military are people who are not smart enough to attend a university, I bite my tongue and squeeze my fists and think of all the fascinating, intellectual and educational conversations my partner and I have shared, all because he has seen the world and I have simply studied it.
I’ve learned that when my partner grows quiet and reserved and spends time on the phone, shaking his head and sighing, it’s because another former shipmate has died – due to drugs or alcohol or suicide – all because our government and our society and the very people who like to publicly celebrate the military a few days out of the year, neglect them.
More than 200 years later, field medics are an integral part of almost any platoon that's likely to see combat. The curriculum includes basic Emergency Medical Treatment (EMT) training, which is similar to training for a medical assistant or physician's assistant.
They work long days, and when they're not working they're often on call.
So when all of this training is done, what's it really like to be an Army medic?
What are the main duties of a medic who's providing medical care for soldiers in the field?
They have trained together and bled together and cried together and celebrated together and done things that I cannot possibly imagine, all together, and that kind of bond is something only they can (and should) share.
I’ve learned that the knowledge he gained traveling the world is just as – if not more – valuable than the knowledge I gained in a college classroom.