Front line combat medics are being put to the test in a new overseas training exercise to make sure they are not only first-rate trauma medics but can also think and act like fighting troops on patrol in Afghanistan.
Does not every soldier in the UK get basic infantry training on their Basic or it's UK equivalent? The ethos in Canada has always been that every soldier is first a soldier? God forbid, if a Crewman gets brewed up and manages to survive, or suffers a Mobility Cas, he's all of a sudden a de facto infanteer, whether he likes it or not.
With the current tempo of OPs every man and his dog is out on the ground. For example in Afghan we had both a RN medic and a female clerk (used for searches) on patrol with us. All arms seem to be becoming more infantry focused which is the way forward!
Where did those b0llocks life expectancies come from? Royal Signals operators were supposed to be dead in 20 seconds... I'd expect the Russian gunners to have shorter expectancies than that from the breach explosions of putting so many rounds down range in 18 seconds!
For sure it was 36 hours for MP. Could have been 9 seconds or 9mins for Inf... read them in 1988,,, please forgive my memory. However, the 36 is for real as it was the reason I transferred to MP when I went up to London from Cumbria.