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Being a line medic puts you in a sometimes awkward situation. You’re surrounded by A type males who see you as a mother figure and sometimes their conscience. The set up doesn’t always have to be serious so have fun with it any chance you get. Being a line medic means that you half answer to a Medical platoon sergeant and a Battalion PA… but you hypothetically are supposed to answer to your Infantry platoon leader and Platoon sergeant. The line is usually blurred and everyone is too busy to keep track of you so you can normally get away with a lot more things than the Infantry dudes you are assigned to. These are some of the things I like to do that never really got me in trouble but seemed to make my line guys love me even more… kind of like a lovable mascot figure.
- In formations Infantrymen like to sound off when called to attention screaming things in unison like “KILL!!!!!”. I like to wait until they finish sounding off with “KILL!” and then sound of own my own even louder, “SAVE!!!”
- When Flu shot season comes up most medics inform the 1SG so he can tell all the guys to line up to receive them at some point during the day. That’s the clean, safe, organized way… NO FUN!!!. What I like to do is keep quiet and go to the Aid station and pick up a small cooler filled with enough ready-to-inject flu immunizations so that I have everyone covered. I neglect to tell them that it’s flu shot day and one by one I hunt them down like dogs where ever they are at and give them their shot and make them initial by their name on a roster. Some of the coolest places I have caught people is in bed asleep, coming out of a shower stall, I got a guy while he was operating a Bobcat construction vehicle, I got someone while they were bench pressing (It was an LT trying to hide but I got that rat bastard where he stood). It takes all day but it makes it fun for all of us. You recieve comments like “Doc, you sneaky f*ck!” and “Goddamnit, Doc how did you find me in the PX”. At the end of it all, when everyone is together in one place I choose a volunteer (Most are honestly scared to try) and I talk them through giving me my flu shot and I finally cross my name off the list.
- Sometimes when people pull me to the side and ask me for medical advice I like to explain the simplest things in the most complicated medical terminology that I can muster. It could be something as small as why a paper cut hurts so much but my answer will have them like “Damn, Doc! Should I got to the ER?”
- The 1st thing you do in the field or during deployment is hand over every band-aid you have to the Platoon Sergeant or Company 1SG. Explain to them that they are the keeper and everyone has to go to them for their little boo boo’s. When anyone asks you for a band-aid refer them to the keeper of the band-aids. It doesn’t get much funnier than a young Infantryman/scout/whatever trying to explain to a grizzled, hardened NCO as to why he feels he needs a band-aid for scraping his knee.