CMT combat role

Hi there.

This may seem an odd question, and I will try not to sound like a complete fool, but I am under the impression that CMT's are not supposed to fight, and only carry a weapon for self defence.

As such, in the field is a CMT's main role to stabilise any casualties until they can be evacuated to a field hospital?

How does this work in situations like Afghanistan? I cant quite see the Taliban respecting the Geneva Convention.
Same can be said about Iraq, Sierra Leone and anyone else who hasnt signed up to the Geneva Conventions.

But thats by the by, if troops are ambushed/attacked then to fight back is in self defence. Medics wont lead attacks on enemy positions and will only fight in self defence, so yes, it is a bone question.
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