Medical Training

Today I received a comment from “A veteran who is preparing” suggesting that if you are in the military and can take the combat lifesaver course, you should.  He also talked about the importance of medical training.
As a result of his comments, I did a little research and found that there are self study combat lifesaver courses on the internet.  There are two military approved courses.  They can be found at the following links.

They are not as good as actually attending the course, but you can learn a lot from them.  Another option is to take advantage of the training that the Red Cross offers.

The bottom line is get all the medical training that you can.  Depending on where you live, join a volunteer fire department, a Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), or a search and rescue team.  These are good ways to get the training for free and some practical experience.

This type of training combined with a good first aid kit like the M3 Medics bag may save the life of a loved one.


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6 thoughts on “Medical Training”

  1. another very good resource for emergency medical information and learning is the red cross. back in the late 60’s early 70’s this course was offered with textbook in the high school home ec classes….and it included everything you need to know including home delivery of babies and setting up homemade incubator. i do not know if this course is still offered, but i took it and the lessons are good for today as it was for yesterday.

  2. A veteran who is preparing

    I have attended CLS and the Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED classes. I learned much more in CLS, but both have valuable information. Training can not be understated. Reading a book and watching a video is one thing. But actually doing it in a simulated environment is much better. First Responder and EMT are even better, especially if it is part of your job and you get paid to attend the training. And after you attend the training, practice often. Not every task all the time, but a couple a week or each month is usually a good way to keep the information fresh. Have some first aid supplies set aside for training only, not for real injury usage. Bandages and dressings can be reused multiple times for training (not ones used on real injuries). The best way to do it is designate a member of your group to be the casualty during the training. Tell this person what injuries they have for simulating (whisper it to them) and then have a person come up, find, and treat their injuries correctly. Then change out the casualty and give them different injuries for the next person to find and treat. Then repeat until everyone has had their turn.

    I don’t consider myself an expert on this stuff, but I am probably better off than the average sheep (citizen).

  3. let me clarify myself about the red cross course…it was in fact taught in the public schools for a whole semester and it was in fact hands on and not all textbook and films/slides. matter of fact i do not remember seeing films or slides in that particular course. the textbook was the redcross handbook and we were allowed to keep them. it was a home ec. class and the name of the semester course was home nursing. this was a very important class to take at the time as we lived in the mountains in a very isolated county with the nearest hospital at least forty mi. away. it is too bad that schools no longer teach these skills.

  4. I have just recently joined the military and am interested in taking CLC but the question I have is if I take this course would it change my MOS to CLC or would CLC be a secondary MOS next to my primary MOS?

    1. A veteran who is preparing

      CLS does not change your MOS or even give you an ASI, like airborne qualified does. It is an additional duty assigned to you in your squad. When I was a squad leader I once had half my squad qualified as CLS. I snuck in most of them into the same class. I was supposedly limited to only having 2 according to MTOE. Other squad leaders complained I was taking up slots, but they should have been quicker with selecting and submitting their troops for the class.

      You have to re-qualify once a year to stay current. They do change the skills taught every so often. Mainly to reflect changes on the battlefield. Sometimes I think it is just because the military bought some new first aid stuff that looked cooler than what we had already.

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