Medical Wartime Training Programs for Physicians of the Armed Forces: 1979-1981
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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In 1978, it was determined by the Surgeon Generals of the various Armed Forces, and the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs that the services were not prepared to meet their medical readiness mission to support the line forces in various levels of confrontation. As part of the overall medical readiness initiatives, three medical wartime training programs for physicians were implemented. The Air Force instituted the Medical Red Flag Exercises and the Battlefield Medicine Course, and the Army implemented the Combat Casualty Care Course under the auspices of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. This study compares and evaluates each course in detail to determine its effectiveness and if it contributes to the employment of joint medical service support. Finally, the study recommends ways to improve the courses and several approaches to improving the overall medical readiness capabilities of the Armed Forces.
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