Success in battle does not happen by accident; it is a direct result of tough, realistic, and challenging training. — Soldier’s Manual and Trainer’s Guide MOS 68W
The Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (CoTCCC) meets quarterly to review and update the TCCC guidelines based on new and emerging science. The instructor materials are updated with every major change. Click here to review the instructor guides, videos, and other materials.
TC 8-800 Medical Education and Demonstration of Individual Competence (MEDIC)
TC 8-800 is the Army’s system of annual validation and biennial recertification. It very clearly describes the minimum requirements for training at the unit level. Medical leaders should be very familiar with this manual, how to employ it, and how to build upon its guidelines. (CAC Required) Click here to download the latest version of TC 8-800.
STP 8-68W13-SM-TG Soldier’s Manual and Trainer’s Guide MOS 68W
This trainer’s guide serves as the central repository for all standard medical tasks performed by a Combat Medic. Many of these skills are foundational and the more advanced skills in TCCC and PFC rely upon mastery here. (CAC Required) Click here to download the latest version of STP 8-68W13-SM-TG.
Educational Resources for Combat Medics
There are a ton of educational resources available for free through military channels. You may need to use CAC authentication or your mail.mil email to access some of these resources.
Textbooks of Military Medicine
The Borden Institute was established in 1987 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, to foster and promote excellence in military academic medicine through the development and publication of military medical scholarship. The Borden Institute publishes and maintains the Textbooks of Military Medicine. The volumes in the series constitute a comprehensive treatise on the art and science of military medicine, covering such diverse topics as biological and chemical warfare, military preventive medicine, military medical ethics, combat behavioral health, harsh environments, and care of combat injuries.
AMEDD Virtual Library
The Virtual Library consists of digitized and electronic information resources and provides access to a selective group of biomedical and general WWW resources. Links to a suite of searchable Web-based full-text databases, available at your desktop, are also included. In order to access the resources, you must register for an AMEDD Athens account using your military enterprise email.
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