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68W Health Care Specialist (Combat Medic)


posted Nov 01, 2012

Mission of a 68W Health Care Specialist

A 68W Health Care Specialist, also known as a combat medic, is trained to provide basic emergency treatment, evacuation, and injury stabilization for soldiers until they can be seen by Army physicians.

Job Description

Those that pursue this MOS (Military Occupation Specialty) will be responsible for providing continuous medical care to wounded soldiers, whether on the battlefield or in military hospitals and facilities. There are incremental skill levels for 68W Health Care Specialists, ranging from MOSC 68W10 to MOSC 68W50.

In addition to medical care on and off the battlefield, a 68W Health Care Specialist will be responsible for maintaining medical records, taking blood samples from soldiers for laboratory analysis, preparing patients and operating rooms for surgery, interviewing patients and taking vital signs, and assisting with outpatient/inpatient care. Similar civilian jobs include EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) and paramedics.


Must not have an aversion to blood
ASVAB Skilled Technical (ST) score of 101
ASVAB General Technical (GT) score of 104
Moderately heavy strength requirement
No prior felony convictions
No prior issues with alcohol or drugs
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Along with the 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training that all soldiers undergo, those that choose this MOS will receive 16 weeks of Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. During the training, soldiers will be taught advanced medical skills to ensure they qualify to provide emergency care to injured soldiers. Some additional skills that soldiers can specialize in include:

Physical/Occupational Therapy
Special Operations Combat Medic

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