Thread: Tell me about being a Corpsman
4/25/2010 2:50am, #31
Please, lets be real, if you're in the Air Force, you're not really getting shot at, either.
4/25/2010 11:31am, #32
Originally Posted by Sirc
I do however have a paralyzing fear of sea creatures.
If you're interested in electronic jobs, hit me up on messenger. I know LOTS about that.
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4/26/2010 4:33pm, #33
4/28/2010 10:44am, #34
- Join Date
- Mar 2006
Everyone interested in joining the military should go to Youtube and search for M134 minigun. (I'd post a link, but can't at work). I think there was a Future Weapons episode about it.
If I could have a do-over of my military time, I'd want to be whatever the **** MOS gets to shoot people with that! That's one of the most awesome pieces of weaponry I've ever seen. The enemy calls it "Breath of Allah". You've got to see the videos of it being fired with tracers.
Vaporizing people is WAY cooler than taking peoples' temperature rectally.
4/28/2010 12:13pm, #35
Speaking as a US Army guy, regular Army, I can only speak to what I remember.
Medics were trained at Ft. Sam Huston, which was also the home of the Army Nursing School. The ratio of women to men on that base was about 5 to 1.
It didn't matter what you looked like, if you were a guy all you had to do was stand on ANY corner for about 10 minutes and you WOULD get picked up. Of course this was the '70's when everyone was having sex and no one died from it.
But I would look into that if I were a young man....."Out of every hundred men, ten shouldn't even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back." -- Hericletus, circa 500 BC
4/28/2010 8:53pm, #36
4/29/2010 9:52pm, #37
It's nice to see all of this uninformed bullshit. Sirc, if you have any questions, PM me.
Oh, & btw, your average Navy Hospital Corpsman will run circles around any non-18Delta Army medic of equal time in rate. Just a fact.
SEAL HMs have to go to "A" school and pass with good marks, just like everyone else who hopes to move on to BUDS.
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4/30/2010 7:40am, #38
4/30/2010 10:54am, #39
- Join Date
- Apr 2008
- Arlington VA
I was a Corpsman from 1995 - 2000. My entire enlistment, save basic and "A" school were spent with the Marine Corps. I'll see if I can help a bit here.
You'll be trained to do things that most civvie medicos don't get to do at your level. Punching holes in people's throats with ball point pens to prevent suffocation due to inhalation burns, puting IV's into critically dehydrated people in the middle of the night, and the biggest ego booster you can get: you're the one everybody relies on. I've been woken up at 2 in the morning by my Marines because someone got might-be-alcohol-poisoning-drunk because they trusted me over the civilian paramedics down the street. You'll see an entire company of infantry Marines shut up and take notes when you start to speak because they respect the life saving knowledge you're imparting. It's also awesome to know that what you do makes a difference, even on slow days.
You'll also see and do things that most people never do with some of the most fascinating people in the world. My 1st SGT, before coming to our company, ran security at Camp David. Our Company Gunny was one of the most respected snipers in the Marine Corps. He ultimately went on to create the Marine Corps' current Mobile Sniper Team model.
now let's discuss a few "downs". Accept the fact that you have a job that no one else in the Navy, short of the SeALs and SWCCs even remotely understand. As a result, you'll be frequently treated like a second class citizen by your own shipmates simply because they can't relate to what you do. Your promotion opportunities also suck in a bad painful way. Technical jobs in the Navy are typically understaffed, so they promote quickly enough to make your head spin. The Hospital Corps is staffed at the upper levels by people who simply don't retire. As a result, there just aren't many options to move up quickly. You can get there, but everyone you went to basic with will get there first.
This is also due to the fact that the promotion test is written by people who don't serve with the FMF (Fleet Marine Force). As a result, you are expected to be a Sailor AND a Marine, so you frequently work twice as hard as other job rates. Yes, you can disassemble an M4 blindfolded in record time and can treat an open pneumothorax (sucking chest wound) while still under fire, but neither is on the exam, so while you can keep your Marines in the fight, you still don't always get rank.
Also, and here's the really painful part, your training doesn't always equate to a civilian job. Medical boards are run by their respective states and each has different standards. You can get a civvie job as an LVN in California or as an EMT in Illinois, but the great state of Texas won't recognize ANY of your skills. Want to be a nurse or Paramedic in Austin? Go back to college. Some places you can work in the field, others won't even talk to you. I found this out the hard way.
Hmmm okay, this got a lot longer than I intended for it to be. Hopefully I'm not rambling too much here. Sirc, if you have any other questions, let me know. If I can't answer it, as my knowledge is dated, I still am in contact with my shipmates who are in and I can look into getting a more current answer for you.
4/30/2010 11:30am, #40